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Will I ever be able to ride again?

I have been fighting this for months but I finally lost. They are removing my right leg below the knee tomorrow. For anybody out there with diabetes, watch your sugar. I want to know if anyone knows of a rider with a prothesis on his right leg. I never used my foot brake much anyway. Let me know if anyone knows anything.
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I am sorry to hear about your leg... I have heard of many people continuing to ride with missing or inoperative limbs... I know a guy in Colorado Springs that rides a tricked out HD Dresser that has no control of his legs. this guy is also a world class skier... so don't let it get you down...as long as there is a will there is a way... (BTW some mods to the bike might be necessary.)
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I would think you could get something that would allow you to control both the front and rear brake with the hand lever. Or get a bike that does. They had some dudes at the X-Games racing snowmobiles that were either missing limbs and using prothesis or parapalegic. Granted a snowmobile isn't gonna tip over.


Slim how does that work if he has no control over his legs? Is it a trike?

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Hang in there budd,I used to ride with a guy in Louisa ,KY that Had Lost his leg from the knee down and he rode an old Harley Shovelhead with a prosthetic right leg.I have Lost touch with him over the years but His name is Sam Fletcher search him out over the computer you may be able to find him and Tell Him an old buddy of his named Denny Moore From Inez told you he was the man you needed to talk to .If I find His ph.# I will P.M. you with it my self.Being a diabetic I can see where you are coming from and may need some support someday too.God Bless and I hope all goes well for you,beware Sam is a little windy , we used to call him Lying Sam,but he is good hearted.




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I would think you could get something that would allow you to control both the front and rear brake with the hand lever. Or get a bike that does. They had some dudes at the X-Games racing snowmobiles that were either missing limbs and using prothesis or parapalegic. Granted a snowmobile isn't gonna tip over.


Slim how does that work if he has no control over his legs? Is it a trike?
not a trike... but he has some training wheel looking things that mount to the saddle bags... I am not sure exactly how they work, but the theory is that while he is riding at speed they are tucked up into the bags like the landing gear on a air plane. Then when he gets to lower speeds the fold down to just under an inch from the road surface... when he comes to a full stop he just leans over to rest one of the wheels on the ground... when he takes off from a stop he rolls on the throttle as he leans himself upright... I wish I had pics of his ride, because it is really something else... He designed and built the system himself, and like i said I am not sure how it works, I just know it does work... If I were to try to ride it... i would probably eat pavement. But he controls that thing like he was on a set of skis.
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An ex co-worker of mine lost both legs, one above the knee and one below, in a boating accident. He rides a bicycle, jogs, swims and does pretty much everything he did before the accident. He's determined, to say the least.

lbcole0915, don't ever let anyone tell you that you will be limited in what you can do. You are the only one who can determine your limits. You can certainly ride your motorcycle again if you are determined to. I'm praying for you to have a focused mindset that will lift you to greater heights than you thought possible even before this happened. Godspeed, my friend.

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not a trike... but he has some training wheel looking things that mount to the saddle bags... I am not sure exactly how they work, but the theory is that while he is riding at speed they are tucked up into the bags like the landing gear on a air plane. Then when he gets to lower speeds the fold down to just under an inch from the road surface... when he comes to a full stop he just leans over to rest one of the wheels on the ground... when he takes off from a stop he rolls on the throttle as he leans himself upright... I wish I had pics of his ride, because it is really something else... He designed and built the system himself, and like i said I am not sure how it works, I just know it does work... If I were to try to ride it... i would probably eat pavement. But he controls that thing like he was on a set of skis.
Yeah I have seen those on a Wing. Didn't realize that they would support the whole bike. They guy I saw using them was just old, he still put his legs down I just figrd he needed a little help. Pics would be sweeet.

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As usual, thanks for all the support and info. Slim, I am somewhat interested in the training wheels idea as one of my worries was being able to hold the bike up at stop. I am going to start googling but if you know where I can find out more, let me know.
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another solution would be a side car rig i think a member or two on here actually run one,I think there was a thread on here a while back concerning side cars, it takes a little getting used to but you are gonna be faced with some of that however you go,you'll ride again if you set your mind to it.




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I have been fighting this for months but I finally lost. They are removing my right leg below the knee tomorrow. For anybody out there with diabetes, watch your sugar. I want to know if anyone knows of a rider with a prothesis on his right leg. I never used my foot brake much anyway. Let me know if anyone knows anything.
If you use the front brake lever to operate the rear brake, you can get a thumb operated one for the front. If I remember rightly, Mick Doohan rode in GP racing with a thumb operated one for ages.

Don't give up man!

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