Outriders for the Physically Disabled
Outrider USA's Horizon: The Adaptive, All Terrain, and Disability Proof EAV
It was with the success of our 2014 Kickstarter campaign and the creation of the Horizon Electric Adventure Vehicle (EAV) that Outrider was able to apply a greater purpose to our work. We have always been a company that values quality, performance, and American made manufacturing, but by listening to the wants and needs of our supporters we have found our mission: to build wings for those whose wings have been clipped due to physical, emotional and/or psychological trauma.
Our mission was inspired by a quadriplegic gentleman named Dr. Chris Wenner. After following Outrider for years and admiring the team’s passion, perseverance, and expertise, Dr. Wenner reached out in late 2013 with a proposal to collaborate on a project that would allow physically disabled adventurers, such as himself, the opportunity to ride a bike again. Eager to fulfill Dr. Wenner’s dream, infuse deeper meaning into our work, and serve a worthy community, the Outrider team accepted the challenge. Together, we launched a wildly successful crowdfunding campaign in March of 2014 to bring to life the Horizon.
“Riding around on the Horizon is the most fun I've had in ages. The Horizon is unlike any adaptive equipment on the market today. Nothing else will give you the experience of accelerating to 25 mph in just a few seconds and the ability to comfortably traverse extreme terrain. The suspension system, long battery life, and speed combine to ensure you won't want to stop riding once you start.”-Justin Falls, 30, quadriplegic test rider
Adventures for All With Universal Design
The Horizon is a fully adaptable all-terrain EAV with a host of configuration options such as an electric handcycle with a foot rest, foot pedals with an electric throttle, single sided controls, and all electric models either with standard vertical handlebars or with adaptive Tri-pin controls.
Outrider has adopted the platform of Universal Design for all of our EAVs. Universal Design refers to a broad-spectrum of ideas meant to produce buildings, products and environments that are inherently accessible to older people, people without disabilities and people with disabilities, physical or otherwise. This modular design approach provides the opportunity for individuals with various physical abilities to equally participate and enjoy an Outrider adventure with friends and family.
Outrider believes that all great things are achieved through teamwork and collaboration. We have been fortunate enough to partner with seven incredible adaptive centers across the country to help make the Horizon more accessible to the physically disabled community. Through this partnership, we aim to enrich the lives of individuals through physical activity, adventure, and camaraderie.
Test Ride a Horizon EAV at Adaptive Centers Nationwide
You can follow the links below to learn about our adaptive center partners and set up a test ride of the Horizon:
- New England Disabled Sports
- Adaptive Adventures
- Northeast Passage
- Adaptive Sports Foundation
- Adaptive Sports Center
- Eagle Mount
In addition to adaptive sports centers, Outrider has been working with various organizations and rehabs to incorporate the Horizon into rehabilitation programs. We have found that in many programs, patients are required to build strength and muscle before they are able to go outside and ride adaptive bikes and use other adaptive equipment. With the Outrider, there does not have to be a prolonged period of initial strength training. Our innovative design and state-of-the-art electric assist allows patients the opportunity to get out riding much earlier in the rehab process. As they build strength and gain confidence on the Outrider, they can rely less on the electric assist and more on their own muscles.
Outrider USA is proud to be a purpose driven organization. If our purpose of building wings and facilitating healing leads to others finding theirs, then we are doing something right.
Contact Outrider USA today to learn more.