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Chris Trikes Wheelchair Motorcycles

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ChrisTrikes Custom Motorcycles

Designed and built for independence 
As a paraplegic, Christ (pronounced "Krist") Tavantzis knows firsthand the physical and psychological importance of riding a vehicle without assistance. To give other wheelchair-bound individuals back their independence, he founded ChrisTrikes, a company that creates and distributes disability-specific trike kits that can be bolted to Harley-Davidson Softail models. ChrisTrikes offers two separate kits for disabled riders: the Outrider, made for those who have the ability to transfer from the wheelchair onto the motorcycle’s seat, and the Stagecoach, which allows the rider to drive the motorcycle directly from the wheelchair.            
        

Christ Tavantzis, founder of ChrisTrikes, uses an electric wheelchair as a result of contracting polio as a child. He used his own experiences to create a design that meets the needs of other disabled riders.
Christ Tavantzis, founder of ChrisTrikes, uses an electric wheelchair as a result of contracting polio as a child. He used his own experiences to create a design that meets the needs of other disabled riders. 

Christ hits the streets in one of his ChrisTrikes creations.
Christ hits the streets in one of his ChrisTrikes creations. 

ChrisTrikes kits can be bolted to any Harley-Davidson Softail from 1990 to present.
ChrisTrikes kits can be bolted to any Harley-Davidson Softail from 1990 to present.

Perhaps the most unique feature of these trike kits is the free-floating floor that moves up and down. With the flip of a switch, the floor moves three inches from the ground, allowing the rider to roll up in a wheelchair, flip the switch again, and be moved up until he is sitting just above and in back of the motorcycle’s seat. Another unique feature: the trike’s ability to handle 30-mile-per-hour turns, thanks to a center of gravity that's located below the axle of the rear wheels rather than above them.    
            
Christ strives to keep his conversions affordable, and with the purchase of a used Softail and a ChrisTrikes kit, the total cost can be as low as $25,000. “There is a sociological impact to giving someone the freedom to ride at an affordable price,” Christ said. 

Biker's Handicap Won't Keep Him Off His Ride

Miami man suffering from polio develops handicap-accessible motorcycle

By Julia Bagg  Original Article
|  Tuesday, Mar 22, 2011  |  Updated 11:50 AM EDT
 
Polio has crippled Chris Christ Tavantzis since he was three months old, but six decades later, the disease can't put the brakes on his need for speed or desire to share it with others.

Polio has crippled Chris Christ Tavantzis since he was three months old, but six decades later, the disease can't put the brakes on his need for speed or desire to share it with others.

"I was completely paralyzed," the Miami motorcycle lover said. So he decided to come up with his own idea to help handicapped people like himself be able to hit the open road.

Tavantzis developed his handicap accessible motorcycle ten years ago, and now he wants to market it to other disabled adults who want to ride.

"You just like the physical sensation of what’s happening," he said. "It’s the entire feeling of the air against your face, raw emotion."

To make his three-wheel "trike," Tavantzis outfitted his Harley Davidson with a powertrain ramp and safety features that lock him in the driver’s seat.

After attending a conference last month, Tavantzis says he now has 28 vendors interested in his product.

"This is a kit," he explained. "It will bolt in to any Harley Davidson motorcycle from 1990 to present, softail motorcycle."

Tavantzis gets 40 miles to the gallon on his trike, and the price tag starts at $15,000 for the kit. It’s a price Tavantzis says is worth the feeling you get behind the wheel.

"I kinda like just cranking it on, just getting it going," he said. "People cannot comprehend that they can have a full life, when they get behind the handlebars, they feel like they're back in control of their life."

To check out Tavantzis’ trikes, go to christrikes.com.

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SKU Chris_Trikes
Harmonization Code No
Shipped from Partner Warehouse No
Flat Shipping Rate N/A
Free Ground Shipping N/A
Road Chariot Model Freeway (70 mph)
Engine Size 650cc-Various
Dimensions No
Warranty 1 Year
Availability 30-60 Days
Brand Chris Trikes
By Disability or Limitation No Head Movement - Tongue/Lips/Facial Gestures Only, Head Movement Only, No Arm Movement with some Finger Dexterity, Arm Movement with Limited Finger Dexterity, C1-C3 Quadriplegia, C4 Quadriplegia, C5 Quadriplegia, C6-C7 Quadriplegia, ALS - Lou Gehrig's Disease, Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy or SMA, Multiple Sclerosis, Paraplegia, Limited Speech or Nonvocal, Stroke, Unable to Walk - Wheelchair User, Brachial Plexus Injury, Limited Hearing or Deaf, Limited Vision or Blind, Arthritis, RSI, Tendinitis, Elderly, Not Disabled, Temporarily Able-Bodied
by Ability or Control Method No Control - Not Applicable, with ECU - Infrared IR, with ECU - discrete TTL, Limited Hand Dexterity, Some Finger Dexterity (no arm movement), Arm Movement (no finger dexterity), Voice - Speaker Independent, Voice - Speaker Dependent, Voice - Dictation, Breath- Blow or Suck Lightly, Using any Ability Switch, Mouth, Tongue, or Facial Gestures, Good Head Movement, Feet or Toes

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