Back on her bike wheel­chair an all

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Jo­ce­lyn Rein

Sally Wen­ley thought she’d never ride a mo­tor­cy­cle again.

She rode dirt bikes of­ten when grow­ing up on a Hawke’s Bay farm, but a bus ac­ci­dent at age 16 put her in a wheel­chair.

This month, Sally felt the free­dom of rid­ing a mo­tor­bike again for the first time.

The Pon­sonby res­i­dent was one of the first to road test the Martin Con­quest mo­tor­cy­cle, de­signed for wheel­chair users.

Sally says she had great fun hooning up and down the Mere­mere dragstrip. “It was great to feel the wind on my face again,” she says.

The three-wheel bike was de­signed and built in Bri­tain and is the first of its kind in New Zealand.

Rid­ers wheel their chair on to a rear ac­cess ramp.

To­day Sally will be the first rider to kick off the Con­quest Tour, or­gan­ised by the Cat­walk Spinal In­jury Cord Trust.

Seven­teen rid­ers in wheel­chairs from around the coun­try will each ride a leg of the jour­ney down to In­ver­cargill over the next two weeks.

The tour will fin­ish in Christchurch on Novem­ber 13 when the bike will be auc­tioned off.

The trust pro­motes and funds re­search into spinal cord in­juries.

Each bike rider on the Con­quest Tour has raised money for the trust, with Sally in the lead at $10,000.

She says the tour will raise aware­ness about the trust and the Martin Con­quest mo­tor­cy­cle, which will be for sale in New Zealand soon.

The Martin Con­quest mo­tor­cy­cle leaves from the Gull ser­vice sta­tion on Te Rakau Drive, Botany Downs, at 7.30am to­day.

Biker chick: Sally Wen­ley will kick off the Cat­walk Trusts Con­quest Tour in a mo­tor­cy­cle de­signed for wheel­chair users.

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