British Lung Foundation

Motorbikes

Hi everyone,

Well, I have completed my course of pulmonary rehabilitation, I am taking early retirement due to ill health, I'm on oxygen at home for 16 hours a day, but I am trying to not let anything get me down!

My husband rides a motorbike, and I ride a scooter. We would love to do days out in a group, but my oxygen could prevent me from joining in. I have portable oxygen cylinders but my concern is if I could carry it in it's holder on my back? Would this be legal? I don't need to use the oxygen until I am off the scooter and walking around

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Hi

For clarity in carrying as you describe, I would ring the DVLA for confirmation.

Would it not be possible to have fabricated some kind of pannier, to fit either the scooter or motorcycle capable of securing your cylinders safely.

This would allow safe separation in the event of a accident.

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Si have seen people on scooters and have oxygen cylinders with them

My daughter tells me one is seen regularly around town and smoking !

Take care

Dorothy

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I cannot see much difference to the bikers riding about with rucksacks on their backs. Although it would be easier and safer to use a rack on the back of your scooter, a) A lower center of gravity is a lot safer and easier to maintain control of your machine b) It would be a lot more comfortable than on your back. Should you have an accident and fall off then I also think it would be safer to do so without a tank on your back.

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I would suggest you get a rucksack fitted to the middle of the moped on the steering rack and pop it in there. You will still have even balance on the moped and having it delivered from a low down position .If you have it on your back and come off it would be quite dangerous. I ride a bike and if ever I need o2 this is how I would go about it .or have a front basket fitted maybe on your moped regardless ride safe and enjoy xx

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I don't actually need to use it while on the road, only when I am walking about

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Has hubby not got a rack on the back of his bike then he can carry it for you then you can use it at pit stops xx

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Top box or panniers on bike or scooter?

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We both have a top box, mine is too small, and I don't think the oxygen cylinder will fit in my husband's topbox

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That’s a blow

I use a softbag (BMW) which is quite large and is strapped to bike and very secure

I know other manufacturers make them for the folks who tour/ camp on bikes x

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Thanks for that. I will look into that

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Whatever you do, do not use a backpack with anything solid in it. I had a friend who carried a metal thermos in his backpack, while riding his motorcycle to work, following an accident he landed on his back and damaged his spine, he is now in a wheelchair.

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Yes, I agree with 2sheds there. I have ridden motorcycles for 37 years and I f you can avoid having backpacks or bags on whilst riding a bike it is good drills for exactly the reasons he gave.

Get some bungee straps and hit the road. I always forget how much I enjoy riding until I am rolling down the road with a big smile on my face.

Phil

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