Bisbee man uses special motorcycle to help veterans

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

BISBEE, Ariz. -- It happened in 1984 when Vince Robel woke with stiffness in his legs.

Within 20 minutes he was paralyzed from the chest down, the victim of a disease that attacks the spinal cord. 

Throughout the years, as Robel learned to live without the use of his legs, he thought he'd never ride a motorcycle again.  Then he saw a presentation for the Mobility Conquest, a wheelchair friendly bike.

Just before last Christmas, he ordered a Mobility Conquest even though the bike came with a hefty price tag of $45,000.  He said it was money well spent as he's now back on the open road, doing what he loves.

Robel, who is a veteran, recently completed a cross country trip in an effort to bring attention to issues faced by veterans.  He said there's a strong connection between those who served their country and the love of motorcycles, especially among vets facing physical challenges. 

He wants those vets, and anyone else who deals with disabilities, to know that where there's a will to ride, there's now a way.

If you'd like to follow Robel's adventures, take a look at his website, Bisbee Wheelchair Biker, or

For more information on the wheelchair friendly motorcycle Robel's rides, go to