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    Motorcycles and Scooters

    I am an L1 incomplete and have recovered to the point that I think I am able to ride on two wheels again. I have been considering options, ie a motorcycle, scooter or even maybe a 3-wheeled Can Am Spyder.

    Is there anyone out there that rides? I have been leaning more towards a maxi-scooter like a Honda Silverwing because of the hand controls.

    Any thoughts/comments appreciated.

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    You don't have to settle just because of hand controls (unless you really like the silverwing). For a while I had a Harley Davidson (which was definitely not my style) sportster trike that I had a guy rig up a rear brake and shifter to be controlled with hand controls. It wasn't overly complicated to operate, but I'm a T-8 complete, so not having a reverse and not being able to lean spoiled a lot of the fun for me (plus I'm philosophically opposed to Harleys).

    If I was physically able to support a two wheeler I wouldn't even consider a Can Am. Rigging a shifter and brake to the handlebars isn't all that difficult. People have rigged "landing gear" type training wheels to a sportbike so that completes can ride two wheelers as well.

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    Search on here and the net in general. There's a lot of info. Auto clutches, air shifters, jockey shifters, etc.
    Look up "the brothers of the third wheel"

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    Thanks for your insights funklab and baldfatdad for the info. Much appreciated.

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    Coolest adapted bike Ive ever seen was a KTM 690 with 2 front wheels that leaned in the turns. Google KTM 690 paraplegic and you'll find it.

    Here's a glimpse:

    http://advrider.com/index.php?thread...wheels.892769/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oddity View Post
    Coolest adapted bike Ive ever seen was a KTM 690 with 2 front wheels that leaned in the turns. Google KTM 690 paraplegic and you'll find it.

    Here's a glimpse:

    http://advrider.com/index.php?thread...wheels.892769/

    Came across this picture of the KTM mod in action. Game changer for trikes, IMO!

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    Yeah, really! Seems almost low or highside proof too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sponzinn View Post
    I am an L1 incomplete and have recovered to the point that I think I am able to ride on two wheels again. I have been considering options, ie a motorcycle, scooter or even maybe a 3-wheeled Can Am Spyder.

    Is there anyone out there that rides? I have been leaning more towards a maxi-scooter like a Honda Silverwing because of the hand controls.

    Any thoughts/comments appreciated.
    Have had several bikes with sidecars since my injury and now I'm on my second Spyder RSS. They're all crap compared to riding on 2 wheels but the spyder has been the best considering I'm a T4 para. I don't know where u live but "The Bike Experience" web and face book page our an English outfit and are starting a program here in USA. Sounds like they'd be worth talking to if you are able to consider getting back on 2 wheels... Best of luck

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    Three Wheels To The World

    Hi Sponzinn, I am a T-3 that has worked his way back to two wheels. Pro-racer. international rally, superbikes, stuff like that before my SCI. Over the years I experimented with adaptive controls and landing gear. I even designed a bike trailer that held my bike up at stops but allowed me to lean in turns. Eventially I decided on sidecar outfits and for the past three years have been riding around the world. For sure not as much fun as two-wheels but the speed, stability and carry capacity is better than the constant concern about holding my bike up at stops. So for me three-wheels is pretty cool. Just don't give up; your solution is out there. Sincerely, Ramey 'Coach' Stroud.
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