An injury he sustained in a crash two years ago inspired engineer John Mickowski to make his motorcycle riding doable.
WARWICK – An injury he sustained in a crash two years ago prevented engineer John Mickowski to ride his motorcycle.
After his pickup truck was rear-ended, Mickowski landed head on in a ditch, badly injuring his wrist. The injury made it impossible for him to operate the clutch lever on his 2016 Harley Road Glide preventing him from what he loves to do most.
His inability to ride inspired Mickowski, a retired engineer and veteran biker for over 50 years, to start tinkering with a clutch that needed less gripping power.
In his Warwick garage-workshop, Mickowski built a prototype of what he calls the Feather Lever.
The Feather Lever was designed for Harley-Davidson bikes that have a hydraulic clutch. The device reduces the amount of force needed to pull the clutch in by 80 percent or more..
It can be installed in under two hours, with just ordinary hand tools. It just bolts on. No drilling or modifications to the clutch or engine are needed. The kit comes with all the components that are CNC machined. There is no electronics.
That Summer he gave his invention a 3,000-mile test drive to Cape Breton, Canada. He found it especially helpful in stop-and-go traffic and It performed flawlessly in conditions that would have caused his hand to cramp, even when he was healthy.
Mickowski says he designed his Feather Lever for “guys like me who have been handicapped.
“There are lots of riders without normal grip strength, whether from injury, carpal tunnel syndrome or arthritis. More and more women are riding bigger bikes, and may appreciate not having to work so hard to enjoy a recreational activity with her fellow riders,” he said.
Feather Lever has many benefits. It can reduce clutch effort between 80-85 percent, gives better control at low speeds, the engagement is closer to the grip and definitely makes the ride more enjoyable.
Mickowski’s first bike was a Honda 90, followed by a Honda 450. As a hobby he restores vintage Honda 350′s and 450′s. He has owned numerous bikes over the years.
To find out more about Feather Lever visit thefeatherlever.com.