Bike gives disabled drivers chance to cruise open roadPosted: Updated:
The thought of being on a motorcycle means freedom to a lot of people, especially disabled drivers. 3TV’s Beverly Kidd shows us a new bike that’s giving everyone the opportunity to cruise the open road.
“When you lose your legs that's all you want is the ability to be free again,” Kelly Case said.
A car accident left Case partially paralyzed from the waist down back in 2002. While this hasn't stopped the 25-year-old from being active, riding a motorcycle was something he didn't think would ever be possible.
“I never got the chance and when I got hurt, I kissed it goodbye and figured I'll never be on a motorcycle,” Case said.
Well, that is until now.
“It’s kind of like the Batmobile a little bit, you feel like Batman,” Case continued.
Case is talking about the new Conquest wheelchair motorcycle.
“We take the R1200 BMW and we convert it,” Mark Roberts said. “So basically from the gas tank forward, it's still a BMW and the rest of it becomes a Conquest.”
Roberts is the president of Mobility Conquest. The company is bringing this new innovative wheelchair motorcycle to customers in the United States.
“We mount a pin on their chair,” Roberts said. “They go in and lock in place, just like a fifth wheel on a semi-truck, and they're ready to ride.”
“There are push button controls on the handlebars.” Roberts continued. “This is how you shift, there's a clutch, throttle and the brake.”
While the wheelchair motorcycle is new to the U.S., it originated in the United Kingdom. It was created by a father who wanted to give his disabled son the freedom to ride again.
“When they built the bike not only was he trying to help his son, he started bringing in other people in chairs,” Roberts said. “One of the things they said is 'we want a passenger,' so when the ramp on this bike comes up, it actually has a flip-forward seat.”
Besides being fitted with a lot of cool features, Roberts said when it comes to speed, the bike can go from 0 to 60 mph in seven seconds.
“The originator's vision was to ride in, lock in and roll and that's what this bike does for you,” Roberts said.
As for Case, it's about being in control again when he hits the open road.
“It’s a nice feeling to know you can get on a motorcycle and go riding,” Case said.