Our goal is to give this bike away to the most deserving person we can find
Akron, OH (PRWEB) July 12, 2011
MobilityWorks and Mobility Conquest announced today their plans to give away a $50,000 wheelchair accessible trike to a paraplegic individual at the 71st Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally being held August 8th through the 14th in Sturgis, SD. The winner will be announced at Midnight August 13th at One-Eyed Jack’s Saloon, one of the more popular venues for motorcycle reveals and special events during the rally.
The Conquest is the only production motorcycle built specifically for paraplegic riders in the world. MobilityWorks is the parent company of Mobility Conquest and builds the trikes at their Akron Ohio manufacturing facility.
“Sturgis provides a well-known platform for raising awareness in the motorcycle industry and this will let people know there are options available for people in wheelchairs to continue their passion” said Bill Koeblitz, President and CEO of MobilityWorks. The theme of the contest is ‘Nominate Your Hero’, with the company encouraging spinal cord injury groups, motorcycle clubs and other non-profit organizations to take part in nominating a deserving individual to win the bike. Self-nominations are also being accepted. The winner will be selected by a committee that will review 500-word nomination essays and/or video presentations. The deadline for submitting a nomination is Thursday, August 4th. “Our goal is to give this bike away to the most deserving person we can find that really wants to ride and to be an ambassador for the Conquest” added Koeblitz.
The Sturgis Conquest bike is also getting a facelift. Twisted Image Cycles, a custom build shop in Coshocton Ohio is adding a new paint design to the already unique, futuristic looking trike. In addition to the Conquest Trike, Colours Wheelchairs is also giving the contest winner one of their specialty chairs. Known for its cutting edge designs and color schemes, Colours is a leading manufacturer of ultra-light rigid frame wheelchairs that are popular with younger, more active paraplegics.
The company is also forming a “Sturgis Ride” with several motorcycle clubs along the route to assist with bringing a number of paraplegic riders to the event. Conquests riders will come from different states throughout the country to take part in the Sturgis event.
Paraplegic riders with sufficient upper body strength and a current motorcycle license interested in signing up for all or part of the run to the Sturgis Rally can contact Brian Austin toll free at 1-888-690-2713 – or by email at baustin(at)mobilityworks(dot)com.
MobilityWorks is the largest U.S. retailer of wheelchair vans and handicap driving equipment serving the disabled community. Headquartered in Akron Ohio, they have showroom and 14 service locations in seven states and a Commercial Manufacturing division. The Inc 5000 company is also the largest installer of wheelchair lifts in the country, converting handicap accessible full-size vans for businesses and health-providers that transport wheelchair passengers. For additional information, go to http://www.mobilityworks.com.