Reno motorcycle shop modifying bike for disabled vet


On Your Side: A motorcycle just arrived in Reno for a local business owner to modify it, so that a disabled vet can ride again.

Tyler Southern, who lives in Jacksonville, Florida, is a triple amputee. He lost his legs and right arm in Afghanistan.

"May 5th, 2010 stepped on ten pounds of homemade explosives," Southern said.

As News 4 reported last month, his left arm has limited mobility. He would love to ride a motorcycle again but didn't think it was possible.

"There is a tranquility, there's an odd stillness riding that I do indeed miss," Southern said.

Justin Von Metal who owns Von Metal V-Twin, a motorcycle shop wanted to give Southern his freedom back. He started a GoFundMe account to raise $35,000. He needs the money to buy and built parts to modify the bike. Now that the 1999 Harley Davidson trike is on the lift at the shop, Von Metal is able to see the challenges he's facing.

"Going over the bike now that we've gotten it here and seeing the challenges that we're going to have to accomplish-- One will be develop the bike especially in the seat for him to sit in. Two will be in the controls so he can actually hold the bike, he can turn the bike, he's going to be able to start and stop it," Von Metal said.

A local company, its Logistics saw the last News 4 story and stepped up to help. The company donated a truck to go to South Dakota and pick up the bike and bring it back to Nevada.

"This was an opportunity for us to help in another way, something that is near and dear to our hearts and that is helping wounded warriors and the vets and give back to those who fight for our freedom," Dan Allen said, the its Logistics Founder.

Von Metal needs to raise more money to be able to finish the trike to give it to Southern at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in August.

"I would but a challenge out there to other businesses here in the greater Reno/Sparks area to please get in touch with Von Metal, help out with this project," Allen said.

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