May 13th 2005.
Cyclone Mobility & Fitness, the Merseyside based bespoke wheelchair manufacturer, has been thanked for its role in developing The Conquest 850 - the first mass-produced motorcycle in the UK that can be driven from a wheelchair.
The praise for Cyclone's pivotal role in the development of the motorised trike, which is based on BMW's R850R motorbike, comes from Alan Martin, the founder, principal architect, and Chief Executive Officer of Martin Conquest Limited, following the official launch, on May 12th, 2005, at the Paralympic World Cup in Manchester.
Cyclone Mobility & Fitness has been involved in this unique project from its earliest stages, and has provided technical expertise on everything from the wheelchair lock down, product development and gear-change mechanisms, to marketing the vehicle to the disabled community. A host of other companies and private investors, which includes the boss of the Williams F1 team, Sir Frank Williams, have also been involved in the project.
The Conquest 850 is the culmination of a three-year dream to provide mobility to disabled motorcyclists. The Conquest driver accesses the vehicle via a remotely controlled ramp at the rear of the vehicle. The other unique feature is that unlike all other motorcycles, it has a reverse gear.
Alan Martin, Martin Conquest Limited, CEO, founder and principal architect, paid tribute to the Merseyside company. He said: "We are grateful to Cyclone Mobility & Fitness for its tremendous support, encouragement and technical advice, which has proved invaluable."
The Managing Director of Cyclone Mobility & Fitness, Stuart Dunne, said: "Working on The Conquest has been a labour of love for me and I'm absolutely thrilled to bits to see the final realisation of a long held dream. This beautiful vehicle will change the lives of disabled motoring enthusiasts like myself, by giving them the 'freedom to be wild."
For more information visit www.cyclonemobility.com