Ageas has announced its support for The Bike Experience charity by providing an adapted and modified motorcycle to help disabled riders get back on the bike.
The Bike Experience charity teaches and advises motorcyclists who have been disabled how they can ride again through the provision of adapted and modified motorcycles. The instructional events are organised on ‘closed-off’ areas, which allow the participants to ride in a safe environment using a logical and progressional step-by-step process.
The Bike Experience was formed in April 2011 by paralympian and World Champion 600cc (Paralysed category) Talan Skeels-Piggins who was paralysed from the chest down following a motorcycle accident in March 2003. In the past five years the charity has taught over 170 disabled motorcyclists how to ride again. Ageas has gifted an automatic motorcycle to the charity, which will give even more disabled people the chance to ride again, or start from first principles.
The charity also helps educate the riders on how to buy their own bike, adapt it and ride back on the road or on track days independently and safely. ASM Auto Recycling, one of the UK’s most modern and professional vehicle salvage agents and parts recyclers, which is part of Ageas’s supplier network, also supported this initiative by collecting, cleaning and detailing the bike prior to collection.
Rob Clark, Niche schemes Underwriting Manager at Ageas, said: “We are very proud to be able to add a new adapted motorcycle to support The Bike Experience. As the second largest Motorcycle insurer in the UK, we recognise the fantastic work the charity does in evolving attitudes in the motorcycling world, so that disabled motorcycle riding is seen as possible, feasible and acceptable.”
Rob Kushel, Lead Instructor at The Bike Experience, added: “I am delighted for the charity to have received the support from Ageas. The automatic motorcycle donated to us will help us to give a greater number of disabled people the amazing sense of enjoyment and freedom of two-wheeled riding. In addition, it allows us to continue to develop a positive mental attitude of the individuals who take part, increase their self-confidence and self-belief so that they can look forward to the rest of their life with re-focused energy, empowerment, motivation and inspiration.
“We are very grateful and proud to add Ageas to the list of supporters who help us provide this life-changing service to those who need us.”
Further information about ‘The Bike Experience’ can be found here http://www.tbex.co.uk/