Ten years ago, when I was 19, I was in a terrible car accident that left me paraplegic and in a wheelchair. I'd always enjoyed any sport that involved an engine, especially riding a motorcycle. After the accident, I was certain I would never ride again. I was wrong.
I found a bike that I could get on and transport my chair in with absolutely no assistance—a Honda Goldwing 1500—but while shopping for shifting and braking systems, I quickly learned that there were very few options that worked and were affordable at the same time. My lifelong friend Tyler, an engineer, had an idea that would make it possible for me to shift and brake with my hands. That was the birth of Ride-Able.
With Ride-Able on my bike, I have put in more than 15,000 miles in a little over a year*, including a 2,000-mile road trip from Illinois to South Dakota for the Sturgis Rally, a 1,000 mile trek to a music festival in Kentucky, and a 600-mile ride to King’s Island theme park in Ohio. I keep on riding. Ride-Able can get you on a bike, too.