Reg Cranton's Story [2009/04]

Recently Reg Cranton passed his Advanced Test with Phil Pentelow.

Congratulations to Reg Cranton and also to John Goodson who was Reg's Observer.


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In his own words Reg tells us his story.


Riding two wheels was taken away from me in 1999 when a car broadsided me and resulted in severe injuries to both myself and my wife who was pillion, the upshot of this was I had my right leg amputated in Nov 2000.  I was determined to get back in the saddle so, with the help from NABD (National Association for Bikers with Disabilities) I finally managed to get on a trike.


My trike is a BMW R1200C 2004.  Legend has it that it has a top speed of 105 mph but not with me riding it! MPG is a bit vague, approx 35-38 on a good run.


All up price? The donor bike cost £5995, conversion and extras, immobiliser, screen, tow bracket and brake adaption about £8000 so I think I just about got change from £14000.  In the scheme of things is not a bad price. 


The 'Beemer' is my second trike and a lot more reliable than the first one that I eventually managed to sell to a Hells' Angel from Essex! I bought the BMW from SPC Motorcycles and had it converted to the trike by Mark Grinnall from Grinnall Cars in Bewdley, Worcestershire. Because of the build quality of the trike, BMW fully endorses the changes to the machine and the warranty that was still on the original bike mapped across.


We tow a small trailer for camping breaks that we regularly take and have toured the Channel Islands (didn't take long!), we have also been to the South of France, to be repeated in may this year and have covered a fair bit of Britain.

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