Left Hand Throttle ?

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by Tnbrit, Aug 8, 2012.

  1. Tnbrit

    Tnbrit Been here awhile

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    Hi,i have a right wrist injury,& riding the bike(twisting the throttle) is getting to the stage where i'm starting to worry i might have to stop riding,:cry,
    Any one heard of anyone converting an auto(scooter/bike)to put the throttle on the LH grip?or any thoughts/ideas if it might be possible(somebody please say yes):nod
    Thanks.
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  2. tugboat

    tugboat MicroTourer (tm)

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    Heard of it - never done it - sounds easy
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  3. JerseyBiker

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    Never seen or heard of it. BUT, have seen several modifications to bikes/scoots for folks with varying disabilities including paraplegia.

    Your idea seems pretty modest and I say " go for it!". Shouldn't be too hard to do. Contact a local company that converts cars for folks with disabilities.
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  4. sieg

    sieg Wearing out tires......2 at a time, day after day.

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    It's easy, but the throttle turns reverse from the right. I know, as a friend did it when we were teenagers, he made it about 50 feet before going WFO into the side of his mother's house. BTW I'll give you the same advice I gave him, "Don't do it". But if you do let us know how it works. On the plus side, with today’s dual cable throttle twist grips you may be able to reverse the cables and get it right, IDK.:ear<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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  5. jessehere

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    maybe try a snow mobile lever control
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  6. klaviator

    klaviator Long timer

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    You might want to consider a thumb operated throttle like that found on ATVs. It shouldn't be to hard of a conversion.
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  7. Tnbrit

    Tnbrit Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the replies,I thought I would make this my first place to ask,thought someone might have had too do this to keep riding,i'll start making more enquiries,the disabled scooter dealers sounds like a good place to start.
    Klaviator,the thumb operation won't work,the movement of my thumb,is more painful than the wrist.
    I've been for an MRI scan today,so maybe they'll find the problem & sort it out.
    On the bright side i can still strum a few chords & grip the plec so can still R&R a bit.:D
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  8. Kubla

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    old Indian motorcycles had left hand throttles that twisted the right way and those parts are still availible
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  9. outofcontrol

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    The biggest problem is building a throttle cam housing up on the bar. If you flip the stock one over, now you're twisting the throttle up to go. You could train yourself, but damn, a lot harder than learning GP shift on a motorcycle.

    If I was determined to make this work, and I didn't want to spend $$$ on a left side throttle( if you could find one) this is what I'd do:
    1. get a throttle cable about 8" longer than the stock one.
    2. get a longer handlebar, extension, or move the Left controls in 2-3 inches somehow.
    3. mount the stock throttle tube on the left bar, but with the cam end on the bar end.

    So the throttle tube has the same orientation as it did when it was on the right side. This might put some of your other controls in a weird spot (like the start button), but you'll have to work that part out. The cable is also going to stick out the end of the bar, so routing could be tricky. Anything is possible with enough creativity. I drove a 76 MG midget for a summer with a broken leg, a cane, and some creative technique.
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  10. hexnut

    hexnut Been here awhile

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    I believe the handle bar ends are different diameters.
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  11. cyclefreak13

    cyclefreak13 Been here awhile

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    You could always use a push pull throttle housing. This would allow you to swap sides and maintain a twist to go. Looks like motion pro makes them and they are fairly cheap.
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  12. outofcontrol

    outofcontrol Been here awhile

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    There you go. Much better idea for $15
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  13. sieg

    sieg Wearing out tires......2 at a time, day after day.

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    You must be joking. :eek1<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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  14. dualsportride

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    Will you leave your clutch on the left side or switch it also? I think I would want my clutch on the right side so I could feather it and twist the throttle. Just wanted to make sure you thought about that for your budget, and time.
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  15. hexnut

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    No I'm not joking. Both handle bar "grips" are the same dia. In order to fit the twist grip on the right handle bar the end has to be smaller to accommodate the slip on twist grip.... The left grip is just rubber and fits over the plain bar end. Thats the way stock bars were made the last time I had one apart.
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  16. sieg

    sieg Wearing out tires......2 at a time, day after day.

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    Next time you are in a bike shop look at replacement grips, one is thicker than the other. :deal
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  17. hexnut

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    I haven't had one apart in a while but thats the way they used to be on motorcycles. Maybe that was on the Harley Davidsons I used to ride. Or it could be I'm just old and full of sh!t..
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  18. sieg

    sieg Wearing out tires......2 at a time, day after day.

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    I think the last idea is right. I've mechaniced on bikes, including HD's for 40+ years and have never seen or heard of a set of bars being different sized from side to side. (but I’m sure someone here will come up with some):lol3<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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  19. hexnut

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    I started riding in 1958. I got my first Harley in 1960. I built restored them and Hondas for a number of years. Its been a while since I worked on them. I remember some bikes back in the day that were like that. I can't say which ones. The memory just stuck in my mind. I guess I had a senior moment and need to know what I am talking about. No need to take it further.

    My time in the spot light has long passed. I'm just trying to enjoy retirement and my memories.
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  20. JerseyBiker

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    Hexnut

    We older guys are entitled to our senior moments!

    Also remember that the "truth" is what is boldly stated and plausibly maintained!

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