This style of handle bar is generally referred to as “ape hangers” owing to the position your arms have to adopt in order to reach the grips. This one, in parts unknown, appears to be the ape-hangy-est, as I’ve never seen bars quite that high.
Years ago when I was working on an ambulance, we picked up a patient who was undergoing a long recovery from a motorcycle accident. He had ape hangers on his bike, and one of the bars had been caught by the sideview mirror of a truck, which scooped up both bike and rider under the truck’s rear wheels. Both of his legs were broken in multiple places, requiring them to be fused at the knees to unsure proper healing.
It was a rough couple of years for him, always confined to a bed, or a gurney for transport. After a while of taking him to his doctor’s appointments I was pleased to see he had been promoted to a wheelchair after he had healed enough for them to re-break his knees and start working on their function. The next time I saw him however, he was back on the gurney.
It seems that the enhanced mobility afforded by a wheelchair had included trips to the bar. One night, on the way back, his drunk friend who was pushing him did so directly into a curb causing him to fall out and re-break both of his legs. The moral kids? Stay in school, make good choices.
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