Photos: Sean Micklethwaite and John Milbank Video: John Milbank
It’s easy to take riding for granted, but many disabled motorcyclists can end up believing that biking is a thing of the past. It doesn’t have to be.
In April 2011, The Bike Experience (www.tbex.co.uk) was formed by inspirational paralympian Talan Skeels-Piggins, along with his friend Russ O’Neil to teach disabled riders how to ride again in a safe environment. The idea was born after Talan was paralysed from the chest down, thinking he’d be unable to ride again. Eight years later, Talan was racing bikes, and wanted to teach others to rediscover the joy of riding on two-wheels too.
Since starting the project, it’s become a registered charity and has helped nearly 100 disabled motorcyclists get back on, with many now taking part on track days or riding on the road.