Back on her bike wheelchair an all
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.