“I don’t use my legs at all to operate this vehicle. Everything is hand controlled,” he says. There are two metal levers, one to change gear and the other to start the engine. Jack’s motorbike comes with a sidecar where he can put his wheelchair in or to even have a passenger sit. “Everything has to be done in a very systematic manner, no rush."
Steps for transferring onto the motorbike:
- Step 1: Bring your chair as close to your bike as possible. Use your arm muscles to lift yourself up and over the seat of the bike.
- Step 2: Adjust yourself on the seat.
- Step 3: Put your cushion in the sidecar. While holding the handle at the back of the chair, take off both wheels and lean it against the bike for support.
- Step 4: Fold and carry the chair over to the sidecar (Use both hands if you have to).
- At this point, while Jack was carrying his chair, one of the wheels slides to the ground. “Seems like it’s a hopeless situation,” he says, but it’s not. There is a solution that doesn’t require him to get down off the bike.
- While one wheel is still leaning against his bike, he takes that wheel and uses it to pull it close enough for him to reach the ground and grab it. If you have trouble balancing, you can hold on to the bike handles for support.
- Step 5: Place both your wheels in the sidecar.
- Step 6: Start pulling the metal lever to start your engine and you’re ready to go!
Transferring off the motorbike:
- Step 1: Pull the wheels out of the sidecar and lean the wheels against the bike.
- Step 2: “Take a deep breath,” says Jack. And lift up your chair out of the sidecar and onto the ground.
- Step 3: Hold the back of your chair and lock your wheels in place.
- Step 4: Carry your leg over and then lift yourself down in to your chair.
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