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Old 31st July 2011
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Injury is my grandfather, he has ridden his whole life. He is 69 years old, has three motorcycles, lives to ride, and I don't know how to help him. He asked me yesterday to help him sell one of his favorite bikes. I just can't do it. Not yet....I want to explore my options. Thanks for all the replies..great advice..
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I plan on riding myself into the grave. My dad's not too much younger than your grandfather and intends to do exactly the same thing.

Exactly why do the Docs say your grandfather can't ride? If it's just because he's catching some years, he should tell them to eff off. If it's some kind of age related injury,, there's probably a way around it,, but without knowing for sure,, tough to say.
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Dr. says weight of bike will reinjur, no more riding. Any suggestions?
As some of the other guys suggested converting his Sporty to a trike is an option. Or if you have the cash buy a trike. I'm 60 and about half crippled myself. I'm thinking about building a trike for when the time comes that I can't safely ride my Sporty. ( Hopefully a long time from now

Another option might be a Honda 750 the new ones are basically a Sportster knock off. The seat height seems to be a little lower. They seem to be lighter. A lot more thin plastic and thinner steel. Sadly they cost the same.

For what it's worth, I've never found a doctor in favor of riding a motorcycle.

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trike or sidecar seems the obvious.
There is a thread somewhere here that has a link to a website that is all about converting and adapting bike for bikers with challenges.
I always remember the saying from the movie Heartbreak Ridge
"Improvise" "Adapt" "Overcome"

There is a reason people are called challenged not disabled.

I saw a rider who rides an old pan, with a hook on his left hand, he has a foot clutch and a tank shift.
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First off, would need to know what type of injury we are talking about. Most Doc's have no idea about motorcycles. I'd, first of all, get a second opinion.
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What does weight of the bike have to do with anything? Especially since he is such an experienced rider, good balance is more important than ability to support weight.

The only thing I can think of is a leg, hip, or back injury which the doctor is afraid off. Perhaps a hand or wrist injury which prevents him from using the control levers. In that case, lots of other things may cause re-injury in addition to riding a motorcycle.

Get big crash bars front and rear, so if the bike starts to fall over, he can just let it go over rather than trying to hold it up.
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I'd go with a trike kit. Or, how 'bout a motorcycle that can be thrown around, like a Buell Blast? Very low seat height, too.
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trike or sidecar seems the obvious.
There is a thread somewhere here that has a link to a website that is all about converting and adapting bike for bikers with challenges.
There are quite a few posts about The NABD and I happen to be a member and representative for them.

I can maybe help/advise if you have any questions.
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need to know what he rides now and what his limits are
There are many satisfying bikes that are smallerand lighter out there.
I would go sidecar if i was in that situation.
Are urals available in the states?,they are great with that 3rd driven wheel
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i believe the light artillery is not an option available to the general public but you could check with your local dealer.
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My Grandfather is a solid 297 lbs. He ain't no dinky thing!! We have a Honda Valkeri F6, it is a solid, heavy bike. A Kawasaki Ninja and A Suzuki , A Sportster 1200 xl nightster, and he drives a old toyota pickup that is ready for pick and pull.
I appreciate all advice and suggestions. Have a great weekend, be safe....
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