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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-29-2008, 09:53 AM Thread Starter
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Left handed motorcycle?

Too much time in construction has ginched my right wrist. Is it possible to switch the throttle and brake to the left side and clutch to the right?
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Here's a shot of a friend of mine's V and he has only one arm, the left and a hook on the right. Its a very simple alteration, he's done it on a Versys and Concours.



Not sure how clear this is from the picture. He takes the complete throttle and brake assembly off the right and puts it on the left-backwards. Clutch stays in the same place, and front brake is pulled with his thumb. He then moves the leftside indicator, horn hazard etc on a simple bracket above the left controls. As I recall it was a solid piece of aluminum bar with a flat piece
attached to it.

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He takes the complete throttle and brake assembly off the right and puts it on the left-backwards. Machog
Does this mean that he accelerates by rolling the throttle FORWARD?

Pretty wild if you ask me! I'll bet he doesn't get a lot of people who want to test ride his bikes!

But I agree with Bear on a Bicycle, it is very ingenious!

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Necessity is the mother of invention. Amazing!


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It is great to see a man still enjoys riding even with his limitations

Have to agree with the rest of the folks, ingenious!

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Kind of makes bitching about the Versys seat seem rather petty!


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Yep, that's exactly what he does, roll forward to go forward. He tells me its more natural and totally intuitive.

He's one of the best/fastest riders in are group. We ride the San Bernardino Mt's west of Palm Springs CA starting out on Highway 74, there's a warning sign at the bottom;

some warning??

There are some amazing twisty fun roads up there and typically very little traffic.

He's way out of my league when it comes to bike handling.

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That DOES seem more natural, to roll forward to accelerate, even on the right side. This is incredible.
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post #10 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-30-2008, 09:38 PM
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Has anyone ever tried switching to an ATV/snowmobile thumb throttle? It may be a more comfortable change. Heard a rumor of a professional roadracer that tried this after breaking his right wrist, I can't remember who it was.
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Didn't Mick Doohan convert his rear brake to a left thumb lever when he bunged up his ankle? My memory isn't what it used to be, at least, what I can remember it used to be ...

That left handed setup is very impressive. When you say he has only one arm, do you mean his right arm is completely gone? Or has he some way of steadying himself on the right handlebar?
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Slick! I'd take it for a test ride. I have a friend in a wheelchair. His cars are the weirdest to drive.

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When you say he has only one arm
He has no arm at all, he has a full length 'robot' arm with a hook/claw at the end, that is attached with a rather old looking leather harness. He grabs the right handle bar with that, so that steadies him.

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A mate of mine with one arm and a claw wears an eye-patch when we go to the pub. He likes to get into conversations with strangers like,
'Hey mate, what happened to you?'
'Lost the hand coming off the Harley, mate. Got knocked off at an intersection.'
'Wow, bad luck mate. Lost the eye in the same accident?'
'No, mate. One day at the beach a seagull got me. Perfect aim those buggers.'
'And for that you lost a eye?'
'Yeah, well, it was just after I had the claw fitted.'

Oh, umm, probably need one or two of these
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I remember seeing in a magazine someone who put an ATV thumb throttle on the left side and had both the clutch and the brake lever on the left side. I believe the clutch was on the inside and the brake was in front of that. He was a bike racer and had a bad wreck a few years ago. Sorry can't remember which magazine.
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Here a bit about Mick Doohan's left hand rear thumb brake, which I mentioned a few posts above.

In 1992, Doohan broke his leg during trials for the Dutch Grand Prix at Assen. The operation should have been routine but the leg became infected. The doctor recommended amputation. Doohan insisted on a second medical opinion and the leg was saved, but the ankle is permanently locked into one position.

Doohan said that had he won the title the season before the crash -- when he was runner-up -- he probably would have quit racing after the accident. The crash happened in June after he had won five of the first seven races of the season.

''Mentally I knew I was strong,'' he said. ''If I could get myself back to being fit, I knew that I could beat the best of them. I had some unfinished business.''

The locked foot is the one used to work the rear brake, so Doohan's mechanical technicians created a brake lever on the handlebar that he controls with his thumb. He rode the last two races of 1992, but lost the title by four points to Wayne Rainey, an American who was later paralyzed in a racing accident.


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