John Lamborn’s Yamaha Fazer 1000
John Lamborn had an accident, which resulted in damage to the Brachial Plexus in his left shoulder crush injuries to his left arm and the loss of a finger on his left hand.
The Brachial Plexus is where the group of nerves that control the muscles of the arm come out of the spine. Damage to the Brachial Plexus can lead to a reduction of mobility in the arm and a reduction in the dexterity of the fingers and hand. All too often a Brachial Plexus Injury (BPI) can lead to total paralysis of a shoulder, arm and hand.
In John’s case his disability meant that he had to have the clutch lever and electrical switchgear moved from the left handlebar of his Yamaha Fazer to the right handlebar.
A Klever2 unit was used to facilitate the addition of the clutch control to the right handlebar where the front brake lever is situated. Some fairly involved modification to the switchgear was also involved to allow it all to be operated with the right hand.
Finally a high quality steering damper was fitted.
It is the standard policy of the NABD to strongly recommend the fitting of a very high-quality steering damper to any motorcycle that is to be used by a rider with a disability affecting an arm, hand or fingers. A steering damper counteracts the sudden ‘snatching’ movements of a motorcycle front end that can be caused by road defects or small unseen objects in the road.
This NABD grant of £1,000.00 was sponsored by a donation from Roughley’s Bike Show.
The adaption work was carried out by Bristol Motorrad, 357–359 Bath Road, Bristol, BS4 3EW. Tel; 0117 971 1447
If you or anyone you know has a Brachial Plexus Injury this is somewhere you can go to seek help, information and advice (or if you feel you can offer the same) www.tbpi-group.org