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post #1 of 11 Old 10-06-2017, 12:42 PM Thread Starter
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Talking Hey Everybody! :)

I am a rider from Nashville, TN. My first bike was a 2012 Yamaha XT250 which I still own. I bought a 2016 Harley Davidson Iron 883 this year. They are different styles of riding, but I love them both. I am soon going to be teaching my husband how to ride a motorcycle. Other than taking a MSF course, do you have any tips for teaching other how to ride?

Any and all tips appreciated.

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post #2 of 11 Old 10-06-2017, 01:51 PM
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You'll hear a lot of malarchy on moto-forums.
Take the MSF course. that's prob yer best bet.

Nothing like hands-on riding lessons in a controlled college parking lot but also, nothing beats "real-world" scenarios.
You'll just have to take er slow and steady, rubber side down, always head up and look "ahead" of the turn with your head.

Good luck.
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Thank you. I hope I am clear enough with helping him out and being patient. He learns pretty quickly, but he has one leg that is significantly longer than the other. I would think that would effect balance.

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Humm....well, if he has enough "heart" and wants to learn to ride a motorcycle.....no amount of physical issues can stop you if you are determined enough. I've seen dudes with one arm ride converted motorcycles just for them.....so anythings possible. Good luck and ride safe.
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Holy crap one arm! Thanks for the encouragement.

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yup....one arm. they had a special made moto for them...custom and all.
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Leg length won't actually be nearly as big an issue for balance as you might think. The weight difference is dwarfed by the weight of the bike itself. As long as he plants himself on the seat and he can still reach the foot controls, he shouldn't have any trouble there.
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yup....one arm. they had a special made moto for them...custom and all.
That's amazing. Do you have any video of him riding it?

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Leg length won't actually be nearly as big an issue for balance as you might think. The weight difference is dwarfed by the weight of the bike itself. As long as he plants himself on the seat and he can still reach the foot controls, he shouldn't have any trouble there.
Okay, thanks for the heads up.

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IIRC, someone in another forum years ago lost a limb in an accident. He actually fabbed up a left hand control to shift gears. It was basically a throttle type twister, but for the other hand. I don't remember how it all worked out as that's also the clutch hand, but given that the gears ratchet, I could see that working. I think he lost below the left knee and was able to ride again.

IDR the exact design, but if you can imagine one of those cruse control levers on the right, being used on the left. So you have a twist control, but you control the twist with a lever instead of the grip. That allows you to thumb your gear shifts and work the clutch at the same time.

Motorcycles are made generically, I know a guy at 5'2" that rode, he had to make sure that he stopped on one side as he had to slide to that side or he would fall down.

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That's amazing. Do you have any video of him riding it?



Okay, thanks for the heads up.
There are a lot of people with missing limbs that ride. That also includes track days and racing. Not as surprising as you may think once you think outside the box. Your husband having 1 leg significantly shorter than the other won't make any difference. Just make sure he can reach the controls. If not, think outside the box about modifying the control to extend their length.

Here is one guy doing track days that is a double subtree amputee, same side. https://youtube.com/watch?v=DbrIoPY4nO8

Here is a paraplegic riding a motorcycle: https://youtube.com/watch?v=pdOvqfe35o4

There are a ton of you tube videos. Check them out.

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A buddy of mine just bought a BMW1200GS from a guy in Nashville. He bought it and only put a few miles on it, had something snap in his elbow. After three surgeries the doctor told him his arm would be useless as far as riding. He asked BMW to move all the controls to the left side since that was his good arm. They wouldn't do it. So he sold it when Honda said they would do it to an Africa Twin that had DCT. My buddy said there's a pic in his garage of the guy on the Twin with the front wheel in the air, riding with one arm.

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