Motorcycles and Amputees
renardwc at ctrvax.vanderbilt.edu
Fri Jan 28 14:12:16 PST 2005
On 26 Jan 2005 at 4:44, Wayne Renardson wrote:
WR> I passed it along to the folks at Music City Motorcycle where I
take my rig. Panhead Phil does a lot of custom work. Here's a few of
us at Daytona last year.
Indian Jack, in the center, is RIP. He was a stunt cyclist and one fine
day the pavement won. The tattoo on his neck is the US Constitution.
And T.C. said:
TC> My rear brake tends to not get used much as I am RBK and there is
a definite delay. It takes some extra time for me to pick up my foot
and set it down on the brake pedal.
Guess we all face this problem. And Bobby (Goldwing) will face this
in addition to the hand mods he will have to have done to throttle
and brake his cycle. I know I constantly try to monitor the
relationship between the stationary brake pedal and my movable right
prosthesis. My foot rests beneath the brake, and if I suddenly have
to use it, I'd better know where it is resting.
TC> Happened last summer in Lake Tahoe when a coyote surprised me on
a dirt covered mountain road. Crash. Only the hiway bar and belt
(pebble) were damaged.
Anytime you can walk away from one, you're golden. My ice slick
takedown bent the rear brake pedal (fixed easily), bent the handle
bars (replaced--got buck bars like the old KHK models) and destroyed
my triple safety front lights and turn signal (replaced). Lucky lucky
TC> The scar on my forearm is a testament to the importance of a
jacket even when the moving slowly on a warm day.
Indeed sir. Amazed that folks think we wear leather jackets to look
kewl when they are worn for safety, unless you happen to be a phreak
But after your coyote mishap, you mentioned:
TC> I think that delay in getting on the back brake, rather than the
coyote, really caused the mishap. Maybe I should consider modifying
my bike too.
Other than forward controls, mine is not terribly modified. But I do
try to be always aware of the location or proximity of my prosthetic
foot to the brake.
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