The Bike Experience – helping disabled motorcyclists to ride again

The Bike Experience is a charity that teaches and advises motorcyclists who have been disabled how they can ride again, through the provision of an adapted and modified motorcycle which will allow them to ride in a safe environment using a logical step by step process.

The Bike Experience was formed in April 2011, as there was no project in existence that taught disabled motorcyclists how to ride.

Over a period of three years the initial idea has become a registered charity, over 75 disabled motorcyclists have learned to ride again and the concept has started to evolve the motorsport world.

The Bike Experience at SilverstoneIn March 2003 Talan Skeels-Piggins, the founder of the charity, was knocked off his motorcycle and thrown under the path of the oncoming traffic.

The accident left him paralysed from the chest down and he thought he would never ride a motorcycle again.

Eight years later Talan was back riding a motorbike on UK track days and felt the importance of teaching others how to do the same.

Talan says “When I am riding I do not feel disabled, I feel free from my wheelchair, I enjoy the sense of excitement and independence just as I used to.

“Getting to this point has been a struggle, but it has been worth it. I wanted to help other disabled motorcyclists have the fantastic feeling of being back on a bike, without the falls and setbacks I suffered, so The Bike Experience Charity was established.”

Charity aims

In addition to getting riders back on two wheels, The Bike Experience charity aims to:

  • Develop a ‘positive mental attitude’ of the individuals who take part. Increase each clients self-confidence and self-belief so that they can look forward to the rest if their life with re-focused energy, empowerment, motivation and inspiration.
  • Educate and advise participants how to buy their own bike, adapt it and ride at future track days independently and safely
  • Improve the participant’s physical health, balance, co-ordination, strength and stamina
  • Bring together able-bodied and disabled people so that boundaries are broken down and myths of disability are deconstructed
  • Evolve attitudes in the motorcycling world, so that disabled motorcycle riding is seen as possible, feasible and acceptable