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
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Oct. 31, 2011 - PRLog -- LONGWOOD, Fla. — Justin Rokohl, a U.S. Marine veteran, always dreamed of riding a motorcycle. Before he could, his hopes of realizing his dream were shattered. While on his second tour in Afghanistan, the Humvee that he was riding in ran over an improvised explosive device (IED) and he was severely wounded and ultimately had to have parts of both legs amputated. He never thought his dream would become a reality. That is until he discovered Chopper Design Services, a motorcycle service company located in Longwood, Fla., which after hearing his story offered their services at no cost. Through an innovative technology created by the company called LegUp LandinGear, Rokohl was given a second chance and was able to finally fulfill his dream of riding a motorcycle.

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: They are also hoping that story will help to raise awareness about the sacrifices our fighting men and women make for this country and also provide hope to other amputees.

Rokohl currently resides in Orange Grove, Texas. He works for an oilfield company based in Orange Grove.
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