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  • Paraplegic Dirtbiking

    New Lift Now

    By Dan Arritt, Times Staff Writer
    September 9, 2006

    Ricky James, paralyzed at 16 in an amateur competition, is back on his bike, riding, even if the thought of it makes his parents squirm.

    The temperature seemed to rise by the minute at the dusty Lake Elsinore motocross park. Ricky James launched his motorcycle, looked toward a group of spectators while in mid-flight, and motioned with his left thumb and pinky finger.

    He veered off the dirt track, rolling past his mother, Tina, who watched nervously.

    "Did you see that, Mom?" he shouted.

    James, who turned 18 on Aug. 24, isn't the first teenager to scare the daylights out of his mother while riding a dirt bike, but he might have been the first paraplegic to do it.

    Link: http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-...home-headlines
    Last edited by roshni; 09-09-2006, 11:44 PM.

  • #2
    Awesome stuff, good for him. Sounds like a blast

    Wouldn't recommend it to everybody, but I'd give it a try, for sure..
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    • #3
      Ive tried ever since Ive got out of the hospital to contact David BaileY or Ricky james.Ive been riding for Acouple months but Id like to hook up with these guys and ride, since they are in socal too. Anyone know how I could contact them? please pm me.

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      • #4
        update ricky james web site http://awhitedesigns.com/ricky/index...306c9bb99a859d

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        • #5
          Ricky James dad is a member here im sure he will help you contact them.

          username- rjames

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          • #6
            I met Ernesto Fonseca a couple of months ago at Craig during his rehab. I'm sure he'd be excited to know about this story.

            Thanks for posting this.

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            • #7
              Rickys dad sent me a pm.My goal is to ride my street bike agin and I will Its all about time and money.

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              • #8
                Very cool.

                I'd love to get back on my bike.
                =]
                I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.
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                • #9
                  Nice handle livelikeyouweredying. It's the only way to live, for sure.

                  What kind of bike did you ride?

                  I had 4 dirt bikes when I got injured, a suzki 400, honda 250, honda cr 125, and a kawasaki 175.

                  The most fun was the little honda 125, man, it was small, but I swear that thing was flying in the air half the time I rode it. I used it for jumps, too.

                  The suzuki 400 almost killed me a few times. Funny, I must have ate it 1000 times riding my bikes, and never got seriously hurt. More like strange than funny.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by rdf
                    Nice handle livelikeyouweredying. It's the only way to live, for sure.

                    What kind of bike did you ride?

                    I had 4 dirt bikes when I got injured, a suzki 400, honda 250, honda cr 125, and a kawasaki 175.

                    The most fun was the little honda 125, man, it was small, but I swear that thing was flying in the air half the time I rode it. I used it for jumps, too.

                    The suzuki 400 almost killed me a few times. Funny, I must have ate it 1000 times riding my bikes, and never got seriously hurt. More like strange than funny.

                    Welcome to CareCure...

                    Haha. I had a yamaha ttr-125 and a suzuki dr 200. I loved my 125! It was faster than the 200. Haha. Yeah, same. I thought for sure I'd get seriously hurt on the bike, but, nope. Silly car. lol.

                    Oh, and thank you.

                    I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.
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                    • #11
                      my husband is an incomplete L1 SCI and rides a lot. His accident was in 1989 on a dirt bike. He now has a suzuki drz400 and tries to go riding a few times a year. He can walk with limited feeling below the hips. Lately he has been getting into a deep depression and keeps saying he would like to talk to people in his similiar situation (constant pain, loss of control with bowels and urination etc..) We are in San Diego and if anyone is close and would like to contact him please let me know. We go to plaster city during desert season and also to martinez lake during river season. Just trying to help get him out of his depression.
                      Thanks,
                      Kari
                      Kari

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                      • #12
                        Ok so since I last posted my husband had another accident. He went to the desert Sunday 9/24 and the front end washed out on his dirt bike throwing him off on his left side. Broken foot, ankle and possibly pelvis, we find out tomorrow. Depression will probably get worse now, I know the pain has. Any ideas on how I can help him?
                        Kari

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                        • #13
                          Thats unbelievably unfortunate. No advice here, I hope someone sees this and can lend some advice. Does he visit the site, maybe he would enjoy surfing around and meeting people on his own.

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                          • #14
                            How does he get off?

                            Does someoe have to "catch" him when he is coming in or does he have 3 wheels on the bike? What level is he? This jump is bad ass!

                            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcSyX0b7BJ8

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                            • #15
                              Paraplegic Back Flip

                              Ricky is a T6 complete. We have to catch him when he stops, we have been working on a automatic landing gear to help him with the stops but don't have it perfected yet.

                              Ricky just picked up a Factory Sponsorship from KTM Motorcycles and he will be riding an electric start 450 pretty soon.

                              Rick Sr.

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