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Thanks to New Technology, Marine Vet Realizes Dream of Riding Motorcycle after Double Leg Amputation
Severely wounded in Afghanistan, Marine veteran Justin Rokohl was able to finally realize his dream of riding a motorcycle thanks to LegUp LandinGear, an innovative technology created by Chopper Design Services.
By: Alina Salcedo
Chopper Design Services had been looking for a way to thank U.S. troops for some time when they heard of Rokohl’s story. They were captivated by his patriotism and what an endearing man he is that they decided to do all that they could to get him on that bike including arranging his bike to be brought in from Texas, donating all of their services, and bringing other companies onboard to also donate some of the parts needed for his bike.
LegUp LandinGear is a patent-pending system created for those who, for whatever reason, are unable to hold up their motorcycles when they come to a stop. Through the computerized system centered around an electric linear actuator that lowers legs with wheels on both sides of the bike, one has the ability to steady the bike as it comes to a stop, have it held upright at the stop, and then have the support automatically retract as it accelerates. This makes it perfect for riders such as Rokohl who need help balancing and overcoming the obstacles presented for those who can’t use their feet or legs to control a bike.
In addition to the LegUp LandinGear system, Chopper Design Services also moved all the braking functions to the handlebars, installed an electric shift set-up donated by Pingle, which allows Rokohl to shift at the touch of a button, and also installed an Auto Clutch donated by EFM that relieves him from having to hold the clutch handle when the bike is stopped.
Chopper Design Services has made a video describing their experience, which can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/
Rokohl currently resides in Orange Grove, Texas. He works for an oilfield company based in Orange Grove.
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