Arthritis in the left shoulder and thumb any suggestions?

MsCridster

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My mother has arthritis quite badly in her left shoulder and left thumb. She rides a Honda VTX 1300. She has a lot of difficulty pulling the clutch. So badly that she may not be able to ride and we would hate for her to give it up as she loves it so much. Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions or know of anything that can be installed or adapted that will allow her to operate her clutch and continue to ride. Even something custom made. Any suggestions or direction would be greatly appreciated.
 

LegalAlien

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A quote from the site I would like to suggest:
[h=3]The website is intended to provide information, encouragement, and inspiration for amputee, injured, and physically challenged motorcyclists[/h]
Website: Motorcycle Amputee

Hopefully there is a solution for your mom.
 

Dirtybill

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First, talk to a doctor/specialist. Not sure if it's applicable to street bikes but dirt guys have been using the Reluse clutch for years. I'll google it and post a link in a couple of minutes.

http://w.rekluse.com/companyprofile.shtml

It basically works like an automatic on dirt bikes, and I'm putting that simply.

Another alternative is IF the clutch on the existing bike is a hydraulic clutch, you can change the amount of lever pull required by switching to a different assembly on your lever and your
master cylinder. To get this info I'd go to a specific forum for your wife's bike. btw hope your Missus is doing well.

If all else fails, I know a couple of Machinists but they're prices could scare you off.
 
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Kootenanny

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I met this guy on the highway last year. He was touring with his buddies. 85 years old. Said he couldn't pull a clutch properly anymore, so he bought himself an Aprilia Mana 850--first one I'd ever seen, and it looked good! His riding partners--both quite a bit younger--said they could barely keep up to him...

There are other options, such as one of the so-called "maxi-scooters"--some people do major tours on Burgman 650s, Honda Silverwings, and the like (my favourite is the Piaggio MP3 500). Don't diss the big scooters if you've never ridden one--I rode a "measly" 400 Yamaha Majesty once, and I was passing cars going uphill on the highway in Kamloops on it... And I can only be envious of the carrying capacity :)


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Dirtybill

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I met this guy on the highway last year. He was touring with his buddies. 85 years old. Said he couldn't pull a clutch properly anymore, so he bought himself an Aprilia Mana 850--first one I'd ever seen, and it looked good! His riding partners--both quite a bit younger--said they could barely keep up to him...

There are other options, such as one of the so-called "maxi-scooters"--some people do major tours on Burgman 650s, Honda Silverwings, and the like (my favourite is the Piaggio MP3 500). Don't diss the big scooters if you've never ridden one--I rode a "measly" 400 Yamaha Majesty once, and I was passing cars going uphill on the highway in Kamloops on it... And I can only be envious of the carrying capacity :)


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Agree! Scooters have come along way!
If you're interested in the 850 Aprilia, you won't get a better deal than Motointernational.com in Seattle. They'll even do a lot of the customs paperwork and I've heard that Dave will even deliver the bike to the border. Good People there.
 

Sikorsky

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You won't get a better deal than Motointernational.com in Seattle. They'll even do a lot of the customs paperwork and I've heard that Dave will even deliver the bike to the border. Good People there.
+1 to this. They will deliver to the border and assist with the paperwork.

The importation paperwork takes all of 40 minutes.

And for the Aprilia's, the 2 year unlimited mileage warranty (w/roadside assistance - no more worries about flat tires & breakdowns) is good in Canada.

That's where I'll go when it's time.
 

Kootenanny

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I have no interest in the Aprilia Mana myself (I far, far prefer manual shift--in all my vehicles!), but I thought it was a good looking machine and definitely illustrates one approach a person with limited ability to work a clutch might take. (BTW, Bill, I wouldn't refer to the Mana as a "scooter," but you're right about scooters--they are definitely not what they used to be. I quite like the MP3 :) )

If the OP's mother wants a cruiser, there is Ridley (dunno if they're still around, or as high-tech as the Aprilia...). Or, if she can stand the looks, there might be a left-over DN-01 hanging around in a Honda shop somewhere ;)

I have heard of Moto International--apparently they're a good place for Guzzis :cool:
 
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Sikorsky

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The DN-01 ..... I sit on that thing every time I'm at Holeshot.

I absolutely love the beast. As sad as it sounds, that would be one of my first post-lottery vehicles! :D

That and a 1978 Chev Gaucho van to carry it home with.:jaw drop:
 
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