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UPDATE 05-08-13 : Unfortunately we run into bureaucracy problems with United States Department of Transportation (DOT) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) which are not used to dealing with small specialized modified vehicles. All of their programs are designed around manufacturers like Toyota with 10,000 units brought in by the shipload or very expensive $150,000 Mercedes-Benz that have to be completely rebuilt with US DOT stamped parts incurring $50,000 and costs.. We are working with some helpful people within the DOT and EPA to resolve these issues. Currently we are basically redesigning the Road Chariot using a core bike that has US DOT and EPA paperwork, and reevaluating our implementation and delivery methods. The good thing is this allows us to incorporate some new unique technologies such as reverse built right into the transmission, the bad thing is it could likely be late 2013 or 2014 before we have something to deliver to you and the costs will likely go up a little bit.
UPDATE January, 2013: First 125 cc City Road Chariot arrives into US Minneapolis Customs Warehouse for United States veteran in Iowa. Currently it is still caught in limbo buried under bureaucratic restrictions that claim to protect the public safety or environment, but in reality are meant as barriers of entry to protect the behemoth US automotive industry and ultimately stifle innovation.
Check back here for more information as we progress.
Does the freedom of the open road call your name? Maybe its a cruise through the countryside with fresh air whipping through your hair, or simply buzzing around town meeting up with friends?
The Road Chariot was designed and developed thinking about the well being and mobility of wheelchair users worldwide. Distributed in North America by Broadened Horizons, the Road Chariot was tested in the real-world conditions of challenging wheelchair accessibility in Brazil.
With the Road Chariot a wheelchair user can independently enter and exit the vehicle. They can park nearly anywhere and can even comfortably take along a passenger. The Road Chariot can even be used by non-wheelchair users, if desired or necessary, such as family and friends or those with with limited balance or simply someone who desires the increased stability of a trike with walk on/walk off simplicity, and a large, comfortable captain's seat with increased storage capacity over a 2 wheeled vehicle. The rear ramp can be removed if desired
The Road Chariot provides freedom, dignity, and the pure pleasure of the open road to people with mobility impairments to come and go independently overcoming the obstacles of life within a dense metropolitan city or the challenges of rural areas with little or no infrastructure.
The Road Chariot City (45-50 mph) and Highway (55-60 mph) Models are available NOW with the Freeway (70 mph) model expected to be completed in August-2012. Then we will be working on alternative quadriplegic throttle & break hand control adaptions for C5, C6, and C7 Quadriplegics with limited or no grasp.
Order NOW for Spring 2013 Delivery and save $1500 until May 31 at MIDNIGHT! Just think, a wheelchair accessible motorcycle for prices similar to a new motorcycle for the nondisabled population and 60% the cost of the lowered floor and ramp adaption to a minivan! Shipping is currently running ~$1490 to most to the United States.
When you confirm your order, currently lead time is 30 days to complete any fit and finish/customizations than 60 days in shipping.
The Road Chariot comes with a seat belt for over your lap and a 2nd for behind your [manual] wheelchair. While this may be sufficient for casual driving slower speeds would be City model, Broadened Horizons recommends having a Q'Straint QLK-150 or EZ-Lock Wheelchair Docking System installed by your local mobility dealer for increased safety and stability. With hundreds of wheelchair models and each individual's precise driving position being unique, tiedowns must be installed by a local mobility dealer. If you already drive from your chair and have the tiedown bracket installed on your wheelchair, it will be quick, easy and save you money. To save more, you may want to watch for a used Q'Straint or EZ-Lock or see if your mobility dealer has any used units available on trade-in vehicles.
Main features are independent ease of access with a wheelchair, freedom to carry a passenger (rider), reverse gear to back up into a parking spot and lower the ramp directly onto a sidewalk.
The Road Chariot can also be driven by a non-wheelchair user.
The Road Chariot is a complete and versatile solution that gives independence and mobility to people with special needs, without creating significant hardships or burdens or even greater challenges to wheelchair users such as transfers or stowing the wheelchair. The Road Chariot provides the quick simplicity to roll on and roll off, taking your wheelchair with you. No disheveled, sweaty clothing, when you arrive. The Road Chariot even accommodates a companion if desired who does not need to find another means of transportation.
In addition to accommodating a passenger, the Road Chariot has greater secure storage capacity than almost any other motor vehicle in its class. A convenient helmet storage compartment is available right next to the Rider. Even Road trips with camping equipment or a quick trip to the grocery store are possible.
With the unique reverse gear system, the wheelchair user can park the Road Chariot by backing up to the sidewalk, lowering the ramp almost level onto a sidewalk providing easier entry and exit and greater safety while virtually eliminating the need for special, always occupied handicapped parking. Even if access to the sidewalk is not possible, there is sufficient space to park any normal automobile spot on the street, lower the ramp and get out without entering the flow of traffic.
- SPEED = 55-60 mph (100 km/hour)
- MAXIMUM LOAD = 510 pounds (230 kg), up to 800 pounds (365 kg) possible but with reduced performance
- ENGINE: Air Cooled 150 cc 4 cylinder Gasoline
- TIRES 130 / 60 / 13 on Aluminum Wheels
- Forced Air Cooling
- Reverse Gear = MONOBLOCO
- Electric Start
- Reliable CDI Electronic Ignition
- Constant Automatic Transmission
- Automatic Clutch
- BRAKES: Front and Rear Disc Brakes
- LENGTH = 88.5 inches (2250 mm)
- WIDTH = 54.3 inches (1380 mm)
- Wheelbase = 61 inches (1550 mm)
- GROUND CLEARANCE = 5.9 inches (150 mm)
- PILOT COMPARTMENT: 47.3 long X 31.5 inches (1.2 m long, 0.8 m wide) [most wheelchairs are 25-28 inches wide)
- FLOOR PAN TO HANDLEBARS = 31.5 inches (0.8 m high) [most tables are 29.5 inches high]
- TOTAL WEIGHT = 320 pounds (145 kg)
- MAXIMUM POWER (kw / rpm) = 8.0 / 7500
- TILT MAXIMUM RISE = 24°
- MINIMUM TURNING RADIUS = 47.3 inches (1200 mm)
- MAXIMUM TORQUE (NM / RPM) = 12.0 / 5500
- Winch - wheelchair is pulled into and out of the trike in any angle of slope
- Removable seat for amblitory, non-wheelchair using riders
- Removable cover in development
These specifications may change at any time without notice
300 CC GY6 ENGINE TRICYCLE
ENGINE = SINGLE CYLINDER, 4 STROKE
COOLING = WATER COOLING SYSTEM
BORE = 72.5 MM
DISPLACEMENT = 275,6 CC
RATED POWER (KW/RPM) = 10.5/5.800
MAX. POWER (KW/RPM) = 11/6.000
MAX. TORQUE (N.M/RPM) = 13/6.500
IDLE SPEED (R.MIN) = 1.500 +- 100
IGNITION TYPE = C.D.I.
START = ELECTRIC / KICK
TRANSMISSION = CHAIN (SHAFT MODE UNDER INVESTIGATION)
GEAR BOX = CVT FULLY AUTOMACTIC
REVERSE SPEED = YES
REAR AXLE = DIFERENTIAL
BRAKE = HYD FRONT /REAR DISC
TIRE = FRONT/REAR = 16 INCHES TUBELESS TIRE UNDER INVESTIGATION
MAX SPEED = 75 MILES/H
GROUND CLEARANCE 150 MM
BATTERY = 12 V, 9 Ah
FRONT SUSPENSION = HYDRAULIC PRESSURE SUSPENSION
REAR SUSPENSION = DOUBLE HYDRAULIC SUSPENSION
LOAD CAPACITY = 250 Kg
NET WEIGTH = 198 Kg
PACKING SIZE= 2.300 x 1.050 x 1.200
COLOR = SILVER, RED, YELLOW
Frequently Asked Questions
List of frequently asked questions with their answers. If your question is not here, click on the link below this list and ask your question.
Is a license required to drive the Road Chariot?
Yes. The type of license depends on which model and maximum top operating speed. Contact a motorcycle / motorbike / motorscooter driving/licensing school in your town.
Where can I get parts and technical assistance for the Road Chariot?
Both are available by contacting the manufacturer of scooter model used for the adaptation.
What types and models of the wheelchairs can be used with the Road Chariot?
Nearly any wheelchair. The Road Chariot is designed to a comedy ALL wheelchairs.
Where can I ride the Road Chariot?
In the streets, avenues, roads, highways and anywhere motorcycles are license to operate. Interstate Freeways require operation about 45 mph, so only the 200 cc model (and maybe the 150 cc model) is recommended for operation on interstate freeways. The 125 cc model is best kept on streets rated for 45 mph or less, and could be utilized under a license restricted to 30 mph maximum operating speed.
How is the wheelchair secured on the Road Chariot?
For a manual wheelchair, and adjustable seat belt passes across the driver's legs holding them down and against the Road Chariot floor, while a second seat belt crosses behind the wheelchair. A EZ-lock may be fit, is required for power wheelchairs and is encouraged for manual wheelchairs, providing more rigid security.
How do you lower the ramp?
Electrically by push buttons installed on the rear and also on the front panel. Optionally, the ramp can be operated by remote control.
Can I take a passenger with on the Road Chariot?
YES. The Road Chariot has a flip up passenger seat on the rear ramp.
Does the Road Chariot have a reverse gear?
YES. This facilitates parking and safety by backing up to and lowering the ramp directly onto a sidewalk.
How do I get in and out of the Road Chariot on a hill with a steep slope?
With a "winch" option the wheelchair is pushed in or pulled out without any physical effort by the occupant/operator.
Can the Road Chariot be ridden by a person without a disability?
YES. A comfortable, removable captain's seat is optionally available.
Can I transport goods or luggage on the Road Chariot?
YES. Two side compartments and a front compartment securely store helmets, groceries, a laptop, even documents. Many additional items such as on a road trip can be accommodated on the floor beneath the wheelchair.
What is the maximum speed of the Road Chariot?
The 125 cc Road Chariot can reach 56 mph (90 km/h). A maximum speed of 30 mph (50 km/h) in urban traffic. Always obey posted speed limits and other traffic laws.
62 mph (100 km/h) is expected from the 150 cc model.
Up to 74.5 mph (120 km/h) is expected from the 200 cc model expected to be completed in mid-2012.
From Augusto Lima, Brazil - 03/23/2010
Subject: The victory of freedom
Translated: "My name is Augusto and I was fortunate to know and be able to buy a [Road Chariot]. From the time I did a test drive, I felt that it was the solution to my need for travel without needing anyone's help or by taxi or bus adapted. The equipment is very easy to operate and using the reverse gear to park in any vaguinha and down with the chair right into the sidewalk. With the seat armed with idle person can take a ride to wherever I go. I am very pleased with my [Road Chariot]. The maintenance, very simple, is identical to a common motorcycle and servicing is very efficient and possible by nearly any company. I tell everyone that my [Road Chariot] changed my life for the better and helps me overcome my difficulties, it is a very important device for me. I hope everyone in my condition may have a tricycle like mine because I know they certainly have a lot of joy and ease in their day to day. Although I paid for it, I appreciate ...making this product. Thank you!"