Just under a year ago, Ricky James crashed at the amateur National at Lake Whitney and suffered a spinal injury that left him unable to use his legs. But Ricky’s one of those guys who you just can’t keep down. He’s messed around with 110s, and raced a modified quad in the Lake Elsinore GP. Recently, with the help of some friends, he modified his old race bike so that he could ride again. It features a custom seat, frame-mounted nerf bars, an automatic clutch, lever-operated rear brake, and some foot trays that he can strap his feet into. While it’s still a work in progress, it has proven an effective way for him to get his moto fix.
Former National and SX Champion David Bailey has been in a similar situation for nearly 20 years, and had coached Ricky during a portion of his amateur career. After seeing photos of Ricky’s bike, and getting an invitation from him, David came out and put two wheels on dirt for the first time in nearly two decades. Both their videos are definitely worth checking out.
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