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post #1 of 23 Old 09-01-2009, 08:11 PM Thread Starter
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Newbie tough question

I am an above knee left leg amputee and am wondering if there are those out there that have done some adapting so they could ride their strom or favorite bike. (not trike) I have seen the pingle solenoid shifters and other setups for shifting but am more curious about balance issues while stopping etc., and what devices have been tried and worked or failed.

I've done some dirt bike riding since I lost my wheel but not any cruising. Unfortunately I have access to a DL1000 from your fallen member, Mountainair, my brother Jim, who we lost this past July. Some of you may have met Jim at your Rapid City, SD rally. Thanks to anyone who would like to chime in, and to those of you got to know Jim, he was a special guy.

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post #2 of 23 Old 09-01-2009, 10:58 PM
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Wow. Sorry about your loss. That is tough.

As for the DL1000 . . . It's a lot heavier than a dirt bike. I (and others here) have dropped it a number of times. It's tall, and when it starts to go all you can do is get out of the way. I didn't last year and destroyed my ankle.

Have you thought about the Bombardier Spyder? A friend at work can't ride bikes, but loves snowmobiles and is thinking that might be a solution for the warm months.

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Some of the maxi scooters might work well for you. Burgmans are pretty good, twist and go wise... no gears no clutch. But they are fairly heavy so that may be a problem. My Burgman 400 is about the same weight as my Wee. The advantage is that both front an rear brakes are hand controlled...ABS is available as well.

The Aprillia Mana allows for fully automatic or shifting and is a nice crossover bike in the tradiional style...still have to hold it up though and rear brake is foot operated.

Otherwise the Can Am trike is a compromise that might work for you. There is always somethingt that will work if you want to ride.

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post #4 of 23 Old 09-02-2009, 11:18 AM
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Sorry for your loss. It's good see see that adversity isn't going to keep you down!

Assuming you get past the shifting issue then balance becomes the biggy for you. I ride a DL650 and have ridden a DL1000 and don't find them that different from a weight point of view. I find in most of my riding I tend to stop and balance with one foot. In my case I normally use my left foot when stopped but have used my right on occasion. 99% of the time this works fine for me, but every once in a while (say on an uneven surface or a slippery road) I might need to put down the other foot as well.

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Way to deal with blows that life delivers!! Hang in there!

I'd agree that the ballance might be an issue... heck I got both good legs on and still find the stops a bit wobbly at times.

Piaggio MP3 might be a great compromise?

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Do you have a prosthesis?

I've still got all my stuff so I'm trying to think how I'd ride a V-Strom witout my left leg, shifting notwithstanding, and it would seem doable.

It's the starting, stopping and getting on and off that I would think are tricky.

I suppose you could have some sort of actuator for the kickstand. Also, I would really practice low speed manovers to minimize the need for stopping and possibly finding an invisble pothole, etc.

Make the bike work for you. Making sure the bike is were it needs to be for departure before you park will be crucial.

Lowering the seat and suspension couldn't hurt either.

Trading the V-Strom in, if the emotional attachment allows, for something more manageable is always an option.

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Good on ya for wanting to ride on.
I've got two good legs, although a bit short with only 28" inseams; and I often need my 2 good legs to keep from falling over. So far I've only dropped my Vee twice.
I'd also suggest that you consider a Spyder. I meet a middle aged woman in NH who rides a Spyder and tours with friends on cruisers and she leads the pack in the corners. Apparently her husband just can't keep up. The luggage compartment up front is a bonus.

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post #8 of 23 Old 09-02-2009, 03:40 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks to all for your replies. There are some devices on the market that seem a bit quirky, like deployable training wheels (lol) and such. Regardless, these are big bikes and in my condition nothing is going to be near 100% and as bigboy and v-tom said, balance can be an issue with all born with parts functioning.

The piaggio is interesting. Haven't heard of them before. Not sure it would be a cruiser that I am after but who knows. The trikes, GL1800's etc. would ultimately be the best option and unfortunately Stroms w/ chain drive aren't much of a triker. Any more thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks to all.
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What about looking into the Yamaha FJR. There is an automatic version, and its a really nice bike.

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post #10 of 23 Old 09-02-2009, 03:52 PM
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Originally Posted by mtnairmist View Post
... that seem a bit quirky, like deployable training wheels (lol) and such.
A few days ago a motorcycle was coming towards me. I could not figure out what was wrong until it got closer. It had two permanently mounted wheels on the sides, covered with matching colored fairings, turn signals mounted on top. I did not have a chance to look at it at the speed I was traveling, I just want to say there is a possible solution out there.

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