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    Question Ideas for a would-be rider w no L hand

    A new acquaintance who wants very much to start riding has the added difficulty of being born with no left hand. She's a very spunky young woman who's already signed up for the MSF class, but is having trouble finding any help getting a bike of any sort set up to actually ride. She's considered the old Honda-matic, but wisely thought better of getting involved in any sort of restoration. She doesn't really object to scooters, but she needs to be able to ride the exp'y to and from work. She'd really like to have a real motorcycle. Can you blame her!?

    She's in the Chicago area, but I think would travel a bit for some help or a purchase.

    At this point I think she's just searching for ideas; people familiar with the challenge. We just met and I told her the folks on the BMWMOA Forum would be certain to have some ideas and contacts for her.

    Thanx in advance.
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    Wow, that's a big one to fill. But more power to her for the determination to do it. Hope she discusses her situation with the MSF instructor before the class (coming from my experience as a MSF instructor). Which bike is she riding in the class, because none of the MSF approved bikes are automatics in any sense, all have a clutch/left hand. Plus some of the exercises require use of the turn signal controls.

    A question would be, is she planning to just ride inner-city streets or does she also plan to ride the freeways and interstate? Plus, just being the Chicago area is a handfull, let alone a new rider in Chicago, and a one handed rider.

    She may find more inspiration here, a professional one-handed dirt track racer:

    Bikes wise, well. Most are larger that offer a real alternative to no clutch hand: Yamaha FJR1300E (not a good choice for a beginner), Aprilia Shiver 750 (might be ok, has variable power modes), old Honda CB750A (not a good choice, a heavy dog of a vintage bike), old Honda CM400T (smaller version of an automatic bike, not bad if one can be found), BMW 600 Scooter (a fun ride really, got some giddy-up, handles well, I know it does 95 at least from experience, stable in twisties). All bikes include controls on the left grip other than the clutch lever, so other mods are needed too.

    The BMW scooter isn't cheap, but it is feature laden and very capable. The left grip brake could be converted to operate with the right hand brake lever (both brakes all the time).

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    Google "handicapped motorcyclists" - tons of stuff.

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    Hand challanged

    I have a friend that has a deformed hand and her husband rigged the clutch and brake levers on the good side. I've ridden with her and she does very well. You couldn't really tell there was any differance. I'll see if I can find out more and reply back - don't expect it right away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tompn View Post
    I have a friend that has a deformed hand and her husband rigged the clutch and brake levers on the good side. I've ridden with her and she does very well. You couldn't really tell there was any differance. I'll see if I can find out more and reply back - don't expect it right away.

    Tom
    I've seen the same success- full size Harley. Clutch and gas on the right- good to go. Good luck on this Gary
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    There's definitely stuff out there without having to invent it yourself.



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    This topic has a special interest to me, as my wife lost her left hand/forearm in an industrial shredder when she was about 18 (long before I met her). Anyhow, she does not let much get in the way of doing things she wants to do. I have put a bit of thought into how she could be able to ride, as she sure seems to enjoy riding with me on my '06 R12RT. The most interesting thing I came up with is a Piaggio MP3, seems like the only real mod that would be needed would be getting the left hand lever (I believe it to be a brake lever) moved over to the right. Looks like it would be easy to balance at stops, possibly even no feet down required. I have not as of yet discussed this with her, and really don't know how she feels about it. So, at this point I am just curious to see what comes out of this thread....


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