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Post  madmax on Fri 27 Jan 2012, 9:20 am

Yesterday, while fuelling the car up in Bairnsdale. We saw a guy on a old Moto Guzzi filling up at the same servo. The thing was this guy had only half a right arm, which got the discussion going how do you ride a bike with only one arm? Now I know we all ride with only one hand on the handle bars at times, but we pick our moments. I can't see this guy effectively handling the bike through some tight twisties.

We watched him leave, I'm guessing the bike is automatic? It still has a front brake lever on the right but the throttle is now on the left. So I'm guessing again that the brakes have been combined to the rear brake.

Anyway I think its great that he doesn't see his disability as a disability and is out enjoying himself.

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Post  paul on Fri 27 Jan 2012, 10:02 am

If he was born like it he probably doesn`t think anything of it / my son had a mate with one arm ( thalidomide ) and he played basket ball , played drums & anything else he wanted to do . He didn`t have the mental block to his disability ? everyone else thought he should have Very Happy

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Post  Hammy on Fri 27 Jan 2012, 10:14 am

How could he have all the switches on one side. Did you check out the bike ?
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Post  chips on Fri 27 Jan 2012, 10:40 am

only if it isn't coming at a cost of safety to other road users....

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Post  paul on Fri 27 Jan 2012, 10:46 am

I would imagine the scrutiny he would have had to go through to get his license with only one arm would have been pretty high.

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Post  madmax on Fri 27 Jan 2012, 10:54 am

@Hammy wrote:How could he have all the switches on one side. Did you check out the bike ?

No I didn't, I was sitting in the car waiting to move up to the pumps.

All I could tell was the front brake lever was still there, and as he left he was twisting the left hand grip

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Post  paul on Fri 27 Jan 2012, 10:58 am

@madmax wrote:
@Hammy wrote:How could he have all the switches on one side. Did you check out the bike ?

No I didn't, I was sitting in the car waiting to move up to the pumps.

All I could tell was the front brake lever was still there, and as he left he was twisting the left hand grip


I may be wrong but I think Guzzys have linked brakes .

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Post  madmax on Fri 27 Jan 2012, 11:02 am

@paul wrote:
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@Hammy wrote:How could he have all the switches on one side. Did you check out the bike ?

No I didn't, I was sitting in the car waiting to move up to the pumps.

All I could tell was the front brake lever was still there, and as he left he was twisting the left hand grip


I may be wrong but I think Guzzys have linked brakes .

This was an older model, don't know for sure but by the styling it looked mid to late 80s maybe early 90s. Wish I'd taken a sly photo

I thought linked brakes were usually linked to the front brake lever, but that is why I'm guessing that his bike must be linked to the foot brake, can't see any other way of doing it.

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Post  paul on Fri 27 Jan 2012, 11:14 am

@madmax wrote:
@paul wrote:
@madmax wrote:
@Hammy wrote:How could he have all the switches on one side. Did you check out the bike ?

No I didn't, I was sitting in the car waiting to move up to the pumps.

All I could tell was the front brake lever was still there, and as he left he was twisting the left hand grip


I may be wrong but I think Guzzys have linked brakes .

This was an older model, don't know for sure but by the styling it looked mid to late 80s maybe early 90s. Wish I'd taken a sly photo

I thought linked brakes were usually linked to the front brake lever, but that is why I'm guessing that his bike must be linked to the foot brake, can't see any other way of doing it.



He probably would be quite happy to show you if you see him again / used to be a guy here with one arm he was unable to use even though he still had it of sorts , but he had modified his bike ( could ride with the best of them as well )

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Post  gus on Fri 27 Jan 2012, 4:57 pm

Dont know if was the same guy but spoke to him at Inverlock riding a tricked up motard .The tires were fried up right to the edges , i told
him i was impressed .His respone was simple saying "a mans got to ride ".
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Post  dhula on Fri 27 Jan 2012, 9:35 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyKQjiTOXRg

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Post  madmax on Sat 28 Jan 2012, 7:13 am

That's amazing, what was it he said about the front brake? Was it a hydraulic clutch that is now connected to the front brake?

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Post  Re-Cycled on Sat 28 Jan 2012, 7:20 am

@madmax wrote:That's amazing, what was it he said about the front brake? Was it a hydraulic clutch that is now connected to the front brake?

That'll be because there are no brake master cylinders for the left side, as long as the piston is about the same, no problem.

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Post  rolls on Sat 28 Jan 2012, 7:37 am

I used to see a one legged fellow in Canberra getting about on a XR600. Quite a high bike for someone with two legs. He would change gear via a length of electrical conduit duct taped to the gear lever and ending about level with the top of the tank. Can do will do.
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Post  Kaupy1962 on Sat 28 Jan 2012, 11:15 am

The older Guzzis had linked brakes
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Post  Rustic on Sat 03 Mar 2012, 7:39 pm

Believe it or not we have a rider here who races and does stunt work. Interestingly he only has one arm and rides a Bandit and is knownas the 'one armed Bandit' rider!!

A couple of pics of him.





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Post  Bhoffo on Tue 06 Mar 2012, 8:35 pm

Just last night there was a show called "Temporary Australians" on TVS (Sydney)... a show about Motor Cycles and their riders etc etc...
There was a bit on there about a one armed guy - riding a green bike (don't remember the brand now) - he apparently lost his right arm when side-swiped by a 4WD...

On the show he said (nickname 'No Brakes) that he had been an engineer and worked out how to adapt his bike so he could ride it single (left) handed.

He's put the front brake lever and clutch lever both onto the left side, as well as the throttle and all the other button/controls.

Reckons he rides all the time with it - on dirt when he has to and all around Australia. When I was down at the WSBK's a couple of weeks ago I'm pretty sure I saw him roll up there - certainly was a guy with only one arm... Shocked

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Post  Reardo on Tue 06 Mar 2012, 9:28 pm

I played (Aussie Rules) full back on a bloke with his hand missing at his wrist. I was a 1/4 way though the game before I noticed. He is a top lad, a good footballer and he's mates tell me a awesome motorbike. He rides a TT600 around the Station he runs. popes wheelies every where.

I can tell you wrestling for position with old mate and getting with his stump hurts.

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Post  mtbeerwah on Tue 06 Mar 2012, 9:53 pm

theres a lad racing somewhere in Australia,aged between 50-60 on smaller cc class that has one arm and one leg all on the same side. I saw him on speed week on SBS on Sunday`s last year. I don`t know how he does it!!!!!
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Post  madmax on Wed 07 Mar 2012, 1:03 pm

@mtbeerwah wrote:theres a lad racing somewhere in Australia,aged between 50-60 on smaller cc class that has one arm and one leg all on the same side. I saw him on speed week on SBS on Sunday`s last year. I don`t know how he does it!!!!!

I don't know how he stays on Shocked

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Post  grahame on Wed 07 Mar 2012, 2:18 pm

What the $&@@&$
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Post  mtbeerwah on Wed 07 Mar 2012, 7:10 pm

hope this thread works!! http://youtu.be/oA02dPhgsJw
one arm,one leg!!!!!
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Post  paul on Wed 07 Mar 2012, 7:20 pm

@mtbeerwah wrote:hope this thread works!! http://youtu.be/oA02dPhgsJw
one arm,one leg!!!!!



Bloody amazing Shocked

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Post  Rustic on Wed 07 Mar 2012, 7:46 pm

Farken Hell!!

I'm not sure which is more impressive, the fact he is passing other riders, or than he is really getting his 'knee down' (no pun intended)....

Just unbelievably incredible.

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Post  mtbeerwah on Wed 07 Mar 2012, 8:04 pm

I was speechless the first time I every saw him, all sorts of emotions empathy to a feeling of pride for him.He lost his limbs in a bike accident, and thought stuff this,i`m getting back on the horse..yeah..good on him
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