A disabled Indonesian mechanic is improving the lives of locals by modifying motorcycles so that even those with no legs can easily mount and ride their bikes. Jim Drury reports.
It's not the first wheelchair motorbike to go on sale, but it might be the cheapest. Mechanic Catur Bambang made his own device after losing both his legs in a work accident. Now he's gone into business, charging less than 300 dollars for the most basic adaptation. SOUNDBITE (Bahasa Indonesia) WHEELCHAIR MOTORBIKE DESIGNER, CATUR BAMBANG, SAYING: "We've already assembled dozens of motorcycles, of various widths and lengths. We've measured them so that modified motorcycles won't roll over." Bambang's wife Rumondang lost the use of her legs in a road accident. She drives one of the vehicles and says her husband is helping many disabled people navigate the traffic jams of Jakarta. SOUNDBITE (Bahasa Indonesia) CATUR BAMBANG'S WIFE, RUMONDANG TINAMBUNAN SAYING: "It is not purely commercial, but our work has social aspects. It's because we're also having a hard time." Bambang says he works quickly and can help up to seven disabled riders per month take to the road.