We want you back on the road – with your face in the wind!

 

People with disabilities can often drive safely by making modifications or adding adaptive equipment to their bikes or trikes to meet their specific needs. As the technology has gotten better and has increased in availability, the number of people using adapted vehicles has also increased. Haus of Trikes and Bikes supports people with disabilities by offering complete solutions on modifying or purchasing a vehicle to accommodate their driving needs.

New and existing adaptive technologies continue to broaden opportunities for people with disabilities to drive both comfortably and safely. Some of these adaptive technologies are as simple as storing a wheelchair on a trike. Others, such as hand controls, may be necessary for a driver to safely operate a vehicle. Whatever your requirements, chances are good that adaptive equipment is available to support your special driving needs and allow you to maintain the freedom offered by the open road.

 

There are plenty of options to customize a motorcycle or a trike for your individual needs,such as

 

    A. Independent Clutch and Brake Operation

This exciting new innovation is the perfect solution for riders who are unable to use their right foot for rear brake operation

 

 

    B. Push Button Gear Change System

This electric or quick shifter is best described as an “electronic Foot”. It’s operated by two discreet buttons – usually mounted on the left handlebar which sit conveniently beneath the thumb

 

 

 

Check Out This Success Story

A special trike for former Navy Seal James Shombs:

 

Jim Schombs, a retired Navy Seal from Cape Coral, has received a customized trike (motorcycle with one front wheel and two rear wheels) which enables him to do what he loves most: Riding a motorcycle! Since a stroke 18 years ago, the former Navy Seal lost control over most of his left side of the body, including his left leg and hand. Those circumstances made it impossible for him to shift gears on a motorcycle or trike. "After my stroke I was unfortunately not able to get back on a bike. It was pretty hard for me because riding my bike was a true passion of mine" says the 55 year old Veteran.

When Haus of Trikes & Bikes in Fort Myers had its Grand Opening of their new store back in March 2018, Jim walked in, browsing around the inventory. Mike Tinneny, sales consultant at Haus of Trikes & Bikes, noticed Jim Schombs and got into a conversation with him. He heard Jim's story and how he missed riding his bike. The experienced motorcycle sales man knew that the Veteran's disabilities were a huge obstacle, even to ride a trike. Nevertheless he told Jim that he would brainstorm with the technicians to see if they would be able to come up with a solution.

Fast forward to January 21st, 2019, Jim Schombs is the proud honor of a customized 2009 Harley Davidson Heritage Trike.

Mike Tinneny explains in details 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 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 over come 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 wheel chair 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.