So on Sunday I went to check out a motocross event where they were running an adaptive class. There were three riders in the “sit-down” class (all had spinal cord injuries like myself), one of which was Doug Henry. Had the pleasure of meeting all three of them and got to check out their bike setups and gather some ideas, both for the quad and a future bike build. Seems like a roll cage and some sort of strap system to hold the legs in place are pretty much prerequisite. Only Doug had a working hand shifter, the other two guys were just running 3rd gear the whole time (having a Rekluse was probably helpful). It was really interesting to see the different seat setups, which ranged from foam duct taped to a stock seat to Doug’s custom swivel seat using a go-kart seat pan. Don’t think I’m going to get that fancy but a custom-shaped seat like one of the other riders had (pic attached) might be the ticket. Overall a really cool event with some great people.
While I’ve been waiting for my gel seat to be finished, I’ve been in touch with Sunmate cushions based in NC about their viscoelastic polyurethane foams and how I might incorporate them into an ATV seat (they are also used in wheelchair cushions among other applications so I felt compelled to reach out to them). I think I’m going to use what I learned from them, combined with the desert seat idea, try my hand at building a custom seat and see how it compares to the one i’m having built.
Shifter is still a work in progress, but after seeing the MX guys run 3rd gear all day, I’m sure I could do the same for now. Got a ride coming up June 8th so I’m excited to finally get out on the trails!
2013 Honda TRX400X