Calling all McGyvers
I know that there's some pretty damn ingenious people on this board. If that's you, then can I appeal to your inventive side? I am trying to solve an issue for months now, and I can't bring it together in my head. So, in the vain of "the more minds the better" approach here, can you give this some thought.....
The history- I have a buddy that rides. Ok, he rides a Kaw Vulcan b/c of reasons that you'll see as I explain....he needs all the leg reach/control advantage he can get. He ridden his whole life with the last ~15 years he has done so with a prosthetic leg on the shift side. (He's had his bike mod'ed so he can shift on the right side) He's said that there's been more than one time, he's gotten off center of gravity towards the left and does a slow topple. He jokes that with a wooden leg the bike doesn't hurt it when it falls on him, but I know it bugs him down deep.
2 years ago, I had a back surgery that left me with some nerve damage on the right side leg and now I wear a brace on my foot to help. Twice I've done a slow topple to the right b/c I couldn't control my leg the way I used to. Because of this, I've gotten a taste of what he must have to deal with, but much worse as he can't move his fake leg off the peg without doing so by lifting with his hands; and that's just not going to happen in the very short time it takes to topple. This got me to wondering...
I wondered if we could pre-load the kickstand with a spring that could be deployed at first "oh oh!". Maybe a "panic" button on the handlebar? A couple of my buddies kicked around some ideas, but kept running into roadblocks. The kickstand idea is ok, except it may not be able to be deployed quick enough. We also thought about a hydraulic telescoping stand, but that is getting more complicated. We also don't want to "pogo stick" him over the other side. The other issue we thought of was that the button would have to be readily accessible, but not accidentally hit. I could just see accidentally hitting the button at 50 and finding him in the ditch....a speed lock out of some sort? WE even thought of an airbag.
So, after a couple of months of dwelling on this, I'm at a standstill and could use some collective brain boost. So, here's what it needs to do-
1-keep him from toppling to the left/kickstand side
2- quickly deployed
3- the fix can't be more dangerous than a slow topple
Personally, I see this as a way for me to pay it forward, and maybe some of my Christmas sentimentality is showing here....would love to see others jump on this too. I also don't think my buddy is the only one this could be useful for. What do you say mates?
Steve and Shari Kramer
2009 BMW R1200RT
2008 BMW R1200RT (wife rides, I fix)
Sedro Woolley, Washington State