The Conquest wheelchair accessible motorcycle is certainly drawing a great deal of attention these days. Like most wheeled-tech geeks, I’ve always wanted to see the Conquest live and to take a peek behind the shroud to see what the compartment looks like. Well, I got my chance.
As luck would have it, I had a great opportunity to do both today at the 2010 New York Independence Expo out on Long Island. There was a great crowd on hand, lots to do , and there, under the tent on the lawn, a real live Conquest courtesy of Bussani Mobility. It was gathering stares, oohs, and ahhs. With some touch and feel stuff going on of course. It did a few smooth laps around the parking lot and then I couldn’t resist having a look at the compartment and taking a few shots for the folks who couldn’t make it out to the Expo.
I’m sorry, I just realized that some of you may not be familiar with the Conquest. Here’s an overview picture that pretty much says it all. Developed in the United Kingdom, the Conquest recently started selling in the United States.
Below is an image from the Independence Expo that shows three offshoots of the same concept- Way back under the tent is the Conquest trike and in the middle of the image is the more classic trike modified for a wheelchair user. Now take a good look at the wheelchair at the bottom right. Sure thing, there’s a trike-like wheel sticking out of the front and a set of handlebars up top. In fact this wheelchair is equipped with an electric power add-on that turns a manual wheelchair into guess what? You got it, a small electrically powered trike. Super!
I’ll be putting together some close-up images and data on this sweet little roller in the next day or so. Sorry….