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~ Shanniah's Story ~

From Hiring a Wheelchair Accessible Sidecar -

to Building Her Own

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We were searching for a way to obtain a sidecar for our daughter to be included in our family rides.

We contacted Dreamfit Foundation in Perth to see if they could help fund or build Shanniah her own sidecar.

Unfortunately Dreamfit Foundation would not be able to assist Shanniah in obtaining her own sidecar, however we were invited to ride the Dreamfit Sidecar. The Dreamfit Foundation is a not for profit organisation that uses innovative engineering to fulfil dreams and overcome the challenges and frustrations of people with disabilities. Unfortunately this does not include projects that will need to be registered or licenced for the road.

The Dreamfit Foundation, had been donated a Yamaha XS750cc motorcycle with a wheelchair accessible sidecar. Being in need of repair, the Variety club were able to assist with the funding required, which allowed Chris and Spider to begin the restoration project.

Shanniah, our daughter, was the first to ride in the Dreamfit sidecar at th
e 2012 Variety Bike Run in Perth. Shanniah and her father, were also able to enjoy a relaxing ride along the Perth waterfront, travelling with Chris on his Harley Davidson.

A big thank you to all that made this possible and a message to anyone in a wheelchair reading this:
You ha
ve to contact Dreamfit Foundation for a ride, you'll love it!

Left to Right. Chris, David, Shanniah and Darren Shanniah "Ready to Ride"
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The smile Says it all C'mon Let's Go
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Up We Get! Shanniah and David leaving Dreamfit Foundation
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Sidecar at Variety Bike Run Shanniah with Variety Bike Run Riders
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A special thank you to Lal who kept Shanniah smiling during her 5 month stay at hospital. Thank you Jim & Lal for being there on
Shanniah's big day.
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Lal
Shanniah at Cottleslow Beach Blue Neon Lights Shine Beneath the Side Car
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The following year, the Dreamfit Foundation were very kind to allow us to ride the sidecar 572 kilometers from Perth to Katanning and back. Shanniah loved the open road.


The Williams Roadhouse
Parked at the Wagin Ram
Dreamfit Foundation Sidecar
Dreamfit Foundation Sidecar
In Front of the Shire of Katanning
At Woodanilling
Dreamfit Foundation Sidecar
Dreamfit Foundation Sidecar

Shanniah's Wheelchair Accessible Side Car

Shanniah's Project: To Build Her Own Sidecar

Thanks to The Dreamfit Foundation and The Variety Club, Shanniah was able to have her very first ride in a sidecar. However, her original dream of owning her own side car remained unfulfilled.

Rather than Shanniah being left with a carer while we (her parents) ride around Katanning and surrounding towns, we and Shanniah would like to ride together as a family.

Because Katanning is 3 hours from Perth, to continue using the Dreamfit Side Car would involve Shanniah travelling to Perth in her van with her parents, and then in Perth, only one parent would have a bike to ride. We also would have to find wheelchair accessible accomodation which can be quite expensive.

With her own side car, Shanniah could ride more frequently without the expense and challenges of travelling to Perth.
For this reason, we
purchased a sidecar.

Shanniah and her friend Katrina that this project is all about.
(Left) Katrina (Right) Shanniah
Friends
Towing Shanniah's new sidecar to Katanning on an Erdie Trailer behind a Honda Shadow.
Wheelchair Accessible Sidecar
                              XLV750R Wheelchair Accessible Sidecar
                              XLV750R
Shanniah's Sidecar Assembled
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                                Accessible Sidecar XLV750R Wheelchair
                                Accessible Sidecar XLV750R
Wheelchair Accessible Sidecar
                              XLV750R Wheelchair Accessible Sidecar
                              XLV750R
The first stage in the modification was to cut the back out.
Wheelchair Accessible Sidecar
                                  XLV750R
Wheelchair Accessible Sidecar
                                XLV750R
Wheelchair
                                  Accessible Sidecar XLV750R
Wheelchair
                                Accessible Sidecar XLV750R
With a portable ramp, the wheelchair entered the sidecar to see how it fits.
Wheelchair Accessible Sidecar
                              XLV750R
Wheelchair Accessible Sidecar
                              XLV750R
Wheelchair
                              Accessible Sidecar XLV750R
Wheelchair Accessible Sidecar
                              XLV750R
A section of the front was removed to allow the wheelchair to go further forward.
Wheelchair
                                  Accessible Sidecar XLV750R
Wheelchair Accessible Sidecar
                                  XLV750R
Much Better.
Wheelchair Accessible
                              Sidecar XLV750R
The sidecar chassis was lengthened to accommodate the wheelchair rear wheels and some sides were added.
Wheelchair Accessible Sidecar
                              XLV750R Wheelchair Accessible Sidecar
                              XLV750R
It was necessary to see how the princess and her wheelchair fit in the sidecar.
Wheelchair Accessible Sidecar
                              XLV750R
Wheelchair Accessible Sidecar
                              XLV750R
Wheelchair Accessible Sidecar
                              XLV750R
Wheelchair Accessible Sidecar
                              XLV750R
The front was measured to allow clearance for her legs.
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                              XLV750R Wheelchair Accessible Sidecar
                              XLV750R
The sidecar was checked to see it with the wheel on.
Wheelchair Accessible Sidecar
                              XLV750R Wheelchair Accessible Sidecar
                              XLV750R
The sidecar was placed beside a Honda XLV750R to see how it looks.
Wheelchair Accessible Sidecar
                              XLV750R Wheelchair Accessible Sidecar
                              XLV750R
A frame was added to accommodate a windscreen and a ramp was attached.
Wheelchair Accessible Sidecar
                              XLV750R
Wheelchair Accessible Sidecar
                              XLV750R
Wheelchair Accessible Sidecar
                              XLV750R
Wheelchair Accessible Sidecar
                              XLV750R
Pine boards were added to the sidecar floor and ramp.
Wheelchair Accessible Sidecar
                              XLV750R
Wheelchair Accessible Sidecar
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The perfect size for a princess.
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                              XLV750R Wheelchair Accessible Sidecar
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Wheelchair Accessible Sidecar
                              XLV750R
Wheelchair Accessible Sidecar
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Gaps in the body were filled and an access door was fitted to enable the front of the wheelchair to be tied down.
Wheelchair Accessible Sidecar
                              XLV750R
Wheelchair Accessible Sidecar
                              XLV750R
The windscreen frame was removed, because the Australian Design Rules require it to be made of Laminated Glass. Which is ridiculous considering all motorcycle windscreens are perspex or polycarbonate.
Therefore we decided to fit a motorcycle windshield at completion.
The ramp was extended, as neither an electric or manual wheelchair, could ascend the ramp as it was too steep.

Wheelchair Accessible
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Legs were added to support the 150kgs that will travel across the hinges.
The Princess isn't that heavy, her wheelchair weighs 110 kgs.

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The sidecar was put on the Erdie trailer and taken to a weighbridge. 140kgs.
Sidecar Trailer
Sidecar Trailer
Shanniah's Sidecar beside the Dreamfit Sidecar.
Sidecar Comparison
Sidecar Comparison
The purchase of Shanniah's Yamaha FJ1200A
FJ1200
To be able to carry the extra weight and for the top end torque, we purchased an FJ1200.

Locating an Engineer willing to take on the project
We approached many engineering firms, asking if they would attach our sidecar, to complete the project, all declined.

Then finally we found someone willing to take it on. Thank you Brendon!
The sidecar and FJ1200A have been attached by:

BF Customs Motorcycle Fabrication
Email: bf.customs@yahoo.com.au
Website: http://bfcustoms.com.au/


Legalities
We submitted a Modification Application with the Department of Transport Western Australia to obtain an Approval in Principle which allowed us to begin attachment to the motorcycle.

Funding
Funding: The attachment of our sidecar was funded by the Independent Living Centre. Thank You ILC!

The Fitting of a Subframe and Attachment Points to the Motorcycle Frame.
FJ1200 Wheelchair Sidecar
FJ1200
                              Wheelchair Sidecar
With the Rear Stand removed, a perfect attachment point was provided.
FJ1200
                              Wheelchair Sidecar
FJ1200
                              Wheelchair Sidecar
FJ1200 Wheelchair Sidecar
Under Seat Attachment Point.
FJ1200 Wheelchair Sidecar
FJ1200 Wheelchair Sidecar
Sidecar Attachments
FJ1200 Wheelchair Sidecar
FJ1200 Wheelchair Sidecar
Conversion of Telescopic Forks to Leading Link
FJ1200 Wheelchair Sidecar
Leading Link

Leading Link

Leading Link
Attachment to the Sidecar
FJ1200
                              Sidecar
FJ1200
                              Sidecar
FJ1200
                              Wheelchair Sidecar
FJ1200 Wheelchair Sidecar
We asked Brendon to manufacture us a nice ramp. Much better.
FJ1200 Wheelchair Sidecar
Adjustment of Lean Out and Road Testing was carried out using a crate with 170 kgs of barbell weights.
FJ1200 Wheelchair Sidecar
FJ1200 Wheelchair Sidecar
FJ1200 Wheelchair Sidecar
FJ1200 Wheelchair Sidecar
Fits Nicely in an ACROD Parking Bay.
ACROD Wheelchair Motorcycle
Wheelchair Motorcycle
We added a Window for the ACROD Parking Label.
Wheelchair Motorcycle
Wheelchair Motorcycle
Shanniah, her Mum, Dad and Aunty at the 2014 Vintage Motorcycle Club/Salvation Army
 ~ Albany Toy Run ~

Albany Toy Run 2014
Albany Toy Run 2014




Albany Toy Run 2014
Albany Toy Run 2014
Selection of Motorcycle Tyres (Tires USA)
As the FJ1200A will no longer lean or travel at high speeds, we swapped the High Speed Round Profile rear tyre, with a Square Profile Motorcycle Tyre.

This will improve the Load Carrying Capacity and increase the Surface Area between rubber and road for better Traction.

We chose to keep a Round Profile Front Tyre
, after reading comments on Internet Forums that stated Square Profile on the steering can cause the motorcycle to follow every contour in the road, especially if the road has been worn by heavy traffic.

We fitted an Excelsior 500/525-16 tyre and tube, purchased from Antique Tyres in Victoria Australia: Website

FJ1200 Manufacturer's Rear Tyre Details:
Metric 150/80 V16-V250
(V) tires for 240 km/hr and up
Max Load: 345 kgs

Square Profile Tyre Details:
Excelsior 500/525-16 Motorcycle Tyre, 4 Ply Nylon.
L/S Index (load/speed): 74 P
74 = 375 kg load rating
P = 150 km/hr

FJ1200 Square Profile Tyre

Complete - Job Well Done!
Brendon has completed attaching the sidecar.
We are so blessed to have had Brendon's amazing skills on this project.

We have obtained our Modification Final Approval and our combination is now registered to carry a sidecar and wheelchair.
Time to paint the bike to match the sidecar.
Airbrushing Sidecar
Airbrushing Sidecar
FJ1200
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Fj1200 Blue
Angela adds her Airbrushing Talent. Shanniah chose her Favorite Musicians promoting Peace on Earth.
Airbrush Sidecar Artist
Shanniah Sidecar
Michael Jackson Sidecar
Shanniah Michael
Sidecar Michael Jackson
Sidecar John Lennon
Sidecar John Lennon
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Sidecar Tank Art
A Photo Stop in Darkin during a ride from Katanning to Bunbury.
Wheelchair Sidecar Art
Wheelchair Sidecar Ramp
Shanniah, Angela, Michael and John.
Wheelchair Sidecar Artist
Shanniah's Story on ABC News
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Source:

https://www.facebook.com/abcnews.au/

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-03-26/katanning-teenager-shanniah-barker-lives-life-in-fast-lane/7274824


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