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......A friend is looking to buy a motorcycle, this after he lost his right leg below the knee in an accident with a car 25 years ago. He has found a 1200, the only problem is, his ankle does not bend well enuff to apply the brake. He has rode a triked out v-rod, with forward controls, and did ok with the brake system on it. Just wondering if anyone knows of any add on system that may be a benefit to my bud. He's also a very tall man, I told him I was afraid he would be to cramped up to fit well on the saddle, without having some modifications done to the seat.
......Any ideas, or suggestions, greatly appreciated....


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If he's looking for a trike, the first thing that comes to mind is a Can Am Spyder. No front brake or clutch lever (at least on the one I checked out), no foot shifter (paddle switch on the left handle-bar) but they do have a foot brake on the right side. I would think he could either have it modified to have the foot brake on the left side even mount a hand brake. Here's a pretty good thread on the Spyder forum regarding this. http://www.canamspyderforums.com/fo...nd-brake-vs-customized-left-footed-brake.html

And the ISCI system
http://www.isciride.com/iscirtmanualparts.htm#handbrakesystem
 

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I'm confussed (thats not uncommon by the way)he loss his leg below the knee,but still has his ankle,or did he just loose the use of it.Speaking for myself i rarely ever use my foot brake,so just for riding purposes I think your friend should be just fine using the hand brake and gearing down to stop,but this does pose a problem in the event of an emergency where he would have to get on them hard
 

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...he has a prosthesis, from the knee down, is why he can't bend his ankle. he has rode a v-rod, forward controls, and says he could use his foot to push this brake. I talked to him this afternoon, and told him we could prolly figure out somethin', once I know just how much mobility/movement he has in that foot.
...Don't think he would spend can am kinda money, just wants somethin' to ride a bit with again..thanx for all the help/info....

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Depending on his budget, here are some low center of gravity options. I'm would think you can install forward controls on any of there pretty cheaply. My s-i-l had a 1995 Magna and it's super easy to ride with plenty of power and decent comfort.

http://richmond.craigslist.org/mcy/3837819369.html

http://richmond.craigslist.org/mcy/3827257793.html

http://richmond.craigslist.org/mcd/3840636424.html

Not sure what his budget might be or if he likes the cruiser style but I would think that would be the easiest to ride.
 

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I do not have a 1200 , so I am going off 1100 design with my thoughts . IF the 1100 and 1200 have similar rear brake master cylinder/pedal arraingements . I think you might be able to make up a forward footrest and pedal mount . You would need a bell crank setup to change direction of your brake rod . HAve the new pedal pivot so that it pushes the rod to the rear when applied . Then the bell crank assy would change that to an upward motion to activate the master .
 

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I wonder if you could simply fit running boards and then alter the actual bit of the brake pedal that one normally presses down on with the toe area, to have a suitable plate, so that your friend can apply the necessary pressure with the best part of his prosthesis, that gives him maximum pressure, which may even be his heal area? he could then use the outer side of the running board to rest his foot and lift and bring inboard to press down on the plate on the pedal.

I hope this makes some sort of sense. :?
 

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I just did a search for a customer of mine that also lost her right leg in a motorcycle accident. You might want to check out this site disabledmotorcyclerider.com I've talked to Gail, and she was very helpful. Good luck, and keep him riding!
 
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