My son crashed one of these head on into a telephone poll.Because of the suicide shifter my son was unable to negotiate a turn and ran head on into a telephone poll this last weekend.

He nearly died and has approx 100k in medical expenses (so far). Witnesses say and a video shows him with one hand on the shifter and the other trying to turn this thing. there is a good reason these shifters aren't used on bikes these days and my son had to learn the hard way.

please let me know if you have had similar experience.This bike has other inherent dangers built into it that could have been a factor in his crash.


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Chicago, Illinois, United States #1288603

You should know your kids abilities better than anyone..why would you purchase / allow him to ride something he could get killed on!!


Why would you let a kid that can barley walk and chew bubblegum at the same time sounds like to me the problem lies with the supervision not the bike!!!!!!


Sorry for what happened to your son.I want all riders to be safe and enjoy the experience of riding a motorcycle.

Suicide shifters "hince the name" are an option on any motorcycle with a rider with know how. Not something specific to kikker or any manufacturer.

Kikker does give the option because the style of bike is a older vintage model so it's an option as it was in the past.I really hope your son has made a full recovery.


That shifter is optional ...


Your son should have picked a normal bike


Obviously your son just doesn't know how to ride properly with this type of shifter.


Maybe he shouldnt have tried to ride a bike with a suicide shifter.. they call them that for a reason.

Fort Mitchell, Kentucky, United States #956560

no rider should actually be on the road without completing proper schooling on how to ride a bike.. if your son had taken a simple four week course he would have learned how to use a side shifter you can't blame a bike when it is your own fault

Modesto, California, United States #922874

show your son how to ride.this is the way bikes started out in the good old days right?

it's his fault and yours for letting him ride with out the proper experience and training.

be glad he's still alive and ride on another day.

It sucks, but that's life bud.It goes on!

Ohio, United States #857083

How the Heck is that Kikkers fault?! Maybe he should have started on something a little less complicated that a "Suicide Shifter!" Hmm, Wonder why they call it that!! Just amazes me when peopke screw up, then want to BLAME IT ON SOMEONE ELSE!!

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