Mike Tinneny explains in detail what had to be done to make this customized bike: "What makes Jim's bike so special is that on a regular motorcycle, the clutch and shifter are on the left side of the bike, which Jim obviously can't use. We had to use a centrifugal clutch so he didn't have to use his hand for shifting gears. Furthermore, we added a drag racing shifter which just uses finger buttons to shift up or down without using your left foot. The hardest thing to overcome was finding a clean-looking way to get into the neutral gear since the shifter is made to race and not fall into neutral. to make it work, we changed the barrel in the transmission which a normal tranny; is set to 1st gear, neutral, second, third, etc. We customized it so it starts at neutral then 1st 2nd 3rd etc. To accommodate the wheelchair in the back, the trike is made by Motor Trike which has an air ride suspension to make up for the additional weight. We have done plenty of vets bikes in the past, but Jim's was one of a kind since his needs were very specific."
Manfred Glanzner, owner of Haus of Trikes & Bikes adds: "I am very proud of our team. We were able to think out of the box and provide a trike which I believe will make Jim very happy. Giving back to a Veteran who served our country for over 20 years, is the least we can do."
"It means the world to me to be able to ride again and I thank the people at Haus of Trikes & Bikes who made it possible," says Jim Schombs in a final statement.