Background on Outrider Development for Riders with Spinal Cord Injuries
The last 3 years of heavy R&D here at Outrider was initiated by Chris Wenner, partial quadriplegic adventurer that simply wanted to get out and ride a bike again. With that goal in mind, we entered into development of the wide range of adaptive features that make the Outrider such an awesome and versatile platform for riders with spinal cord injuries. Whether your adventure is on the dirt, or on the pavement, we have a machine to fit the bill.
Chris Wenner: Tri-pin controls on Horizon with a footrest for high-functioning quadriplegic cyclist
Dr. Chris Wenner is the co-creator and visionary behind the Horizon project. He sustained a spinal cord injury when he was 18, and is a c-5,c-6 incomplete quadriplegic.
Dr. Wenner contacted the Outrider team in late 2013 with a proposal to collaborate on a project that would allow physically disabled individuals, like himself, the opportunity to experience the thrill and freedom of once again, or for the first time in their lives, riding a bike.
Dr. Wenner had the dream and the passion and Outrider had the expertise and drive to make his dream of a fully adaptive all-terrain electric adventure vehicle a reality.
With the help of hundreds of supporters and fans, the team launched a very successful Kickstarter campaign to fund the creation of the fully adaptable all-terrain Horizon Electric Adventure Vehicle (EAV).
With Outrider’s proprietary adaptive Tri-pin controls, Dr, Wenner and other individuals with limited upper body control and diminished hand dexterity can safely and effectively operate the Horizon EAV and independently enjoy riding off the beaten path.
His attraction to the Horizon handcycle was its ability to take him off the road and onto the rugged trails precluded to him since his accident. His test ride on the Horizon handcycle was the first time in 10 years that he has been able to explore off the pavement.
Johnny has full function of his upper limbs and torso making the Horizon handcycle the optimal configuration to provide him with exercise when he wants to use the hand-crank and an electric throttle for when he needs a little extra boost to tackle steep hills and rugged terrain.
“Awesome! That was awesome. That was the first time I have been able to ride off-road since my accident. I am always on the pavement. Being able to go off-road and jump rocks and creeks. It was just awesome. So much fun.” -Johnny R.
Erika was in a car accident and sustained an injury to her T-11, T-12 vertebrae. She struggled for years to regain confidence in herself and her abilities after her injury. It was not until her involvement with the Ms. Wheelchair America Foundation that she began to see her role as a mentor and spokesperson for the physically disabled community.
The Outrider Horizon Handcycle in Action
The Tri-Pin Hand Controls in Action
Choosing the Right Outrider for your Adventure
Off Road Electric Handcycle
On Road Electric HandcycleIf your adventures are on the open road, the Alpha Handcycle is the right choice. Click here for the product page to learn more.
Off Road Electric ATV with Vertical Handlebars
For paraplegic riders that want to go beyond where the blacktop ends, whether it's to a hunting stand, a remote campsite, or that secret fishing hole, the Horizon ATV is the right choice. Click here for the product page to learn more.
Off Road Electric ATV with Tri-pin Controls
For partial or incomplete quadriplegic riders that want to go beyond where the blacktop ends, whether it's to a hunting stand, a remote campsite, or that secret fishing hole, the Horizon ATV with Tri-pin hand controls is the right choice. Click here for the product page to learn more.