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    Motorcycle modified for a paraplegic

    I am selling my 2008 Kawasaki Ninja 650R that I had custom modified to ride after my injury. It uses a set of legs dubbed “landing gear” that the rider can raise and lower as needed. The "landing gear" parts were professionally machined from aircraft grade aluminum (aside from the steel legs). The bike also uses an electric shift cylinder built into the swing arm that is controlled from two buttons on the handle bars.

    Other modifications made to the bike include raised handle bars, a gear indicator built into the gauge cluster, aluminum foot plates, frame slider pegs, leg straps and a modified seat with a gel pad. The bike was also lowered to make getting on and off from a wheelchair easy. The raised handle bars give it more of a “touring” seat position to keep body weight off the arms and avoid fatigue for someone without core control. I had the bike professionally painted by an airbrush artist to pay homage to my SHOEI helmet that saved my life during my accident. The artwork is “ghosted” meaning that it is not fully visible until it is in direct sunlight.

    It has a clear title and has been well maintained with 11,725 miles. I've put 2,500+ miles on the bike in the last 2 years it has been the one thing that has made me feel truly "normal" again. It's also a great feeling to get away from the wheelchair once in awhile and cruise with some friends.

    Here are several Youtube videos I made showing how it all works.

    Motorcycle Modified for a Paraplegic

    Paraplegic Motorcycle Rider's View

    Paraplegic Riding a Motorcycle Again

    Click HERE to view more photos.

    I'm asking $7,000. Please let me know if you are interested or have any questions!


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    #2
    That looks like a awesome setup. Glws man. Are you replacing it with another bike?
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      #3
      Originally posted by Curt Leatherbee View Post
      That looks like a awesome setup. Glws man. Are you replacing it with another bike?
      No, I am getting engaged and need the money. Baby(s) are going to be expensive!
      Check out my Youtube channel, Paralyzed living - Here to help and learn from others in the SCI community.

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        #4
        would love to try riding a bike but i think the spasms in my legs would end up getting me killed

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          #5
          What injury level are you Bkizz, and are you Asia A?
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            #6
            How do people do this?
            I need really good cushion if I want to see on anything for longer than 10 minutes
            And I have no balance! How do you ride that with no upper balance or backrest?

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              #7
              Hi,
              That is a great set up. Wish we could buy it from you. We recently purchased a Honda Goldwing and are looking to have the seat recovered with gel padding. Can you tell me how you went about doing that? How much did it cost? Not sure where to start. Thanks so much.
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                #8
                Originally posted by rdf View Post
                What injury level are you Bkizz, and are you Asia A?
                blackpearlv6 (as he is known on youtube) is T1 ASIA A, and at 3 years post has done AMAZING things especially considering he wasn't a CC member. Definite man-crash here, it's great knowing what's possible seeing as he's only one vertebrae lower level than myself.

                That street bike is worth every penny and probably better cared-for than 99% of bikes on the road.

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                  #9
                  Thanks, that's simply amazing.
                  Originally posted by tooley View Post
                  blackpearlv6 (as he is known on youtube) is T1 ASIA A, and at 3 years post has done AMAZING things especially considering he wasn't a CC member. Definite man-crash here, it's great knowing what's possible seeing as he's only one vertebrae lower level than myself.

                  That street bike is worth every penny and probably better cared-for than 99% of bikes on the road.
                  Please donate a dollar a day at http://justadollarplease.org.
                  Copy and paste this message to the bottom of your signature.

                  Thanks!

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                    #10
                    I wish ! I can handle our Can Am Spyder but two wheels and leaning would be a stretch for me.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by badsign View Post
                      would love to try riding a bike but i think the spasms in my legs would end up getting me killed
                      Spasms are an issue to think about. I modified my bike prior to getting a baclofen pump and the spasms in my core and legs did make it difficult to ride.

                      Originally posted by offroaderswife View Post
                      Hi,
                      That is a great set up. Wish we could buy it from you. We recently purchased a Honda Goldwing and are looking to have the seat recovered with gel padding. Can you tell me how you went about doing that? How much did it cost? Not sure where to start. Thanks so much.
                      I spent a good $5K on modifications to the bike over he course of a year. I spent a good amount of time at the machine shop and worked with an electrical engineer on the electronics for the landing gear. I too had the seat modified...it has Supracor honeycomb material in the saddle area and I also added a gel seat pad for extra insurance. You still need to make sure you stop occasionally to do pressure releases.

                      Originally posted by tooley View Post
                      blackpearlv6 (as he is known on youtube) is T1 ASIA A, and at 3 years post has done AMAZING things especially considering he wasn't a CC member. Definite man-crash here, it's great knowing what's possible seeing as he's only one vertebrae lower level than myself.

                      That street bike is worth every penny and probably better cared-for than 99% of bikes on the road.
                      Thanks for the complement! Yes, I am a T1 complete with some loss of feeling in my left arm.

                      Originally posted by kawakii View Post
                      I wish ! I can handle our Can Am Spyder but two wheels and leaning would be a stretch for me.
                      It's really not that scary once you get used to it...just feels like you are riding like you used to.

                      2012 is going to be a VERY expensive year for me. I am now having my spinal cord untethered at Craig Hospital in April on top of my plans to get engaged. Travel expenses alone for me and my girl are going to be crazy.

                      If anyone has anymore questions, just let me know!
                      Check out my Youtube channel, Paralyzed living - Here to help and learn from others in the SCI community.

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                        #12
                        motor

                        whats the least you will take for it cash money

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by WHEELS2313 View Post
                          whats the least you will take for it cash money
                          $6,000 is my absolute bottom line. It will sell it's just a matter of when. Please shoot me a private message if you are interested.
                          Check out my Youtube channel, Paralyzed living - Here to help and learn from others in the SCI community.

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                            #14
                            Bump!
                            Check out my Youtube channel, Paralyzed living - Here to help and learn from others in the SCI community.

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                              #15
                              I'm checking into what it will cost to modify my ZX750, but will definitely jeep this in mind.

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