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About Shane

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  • Birthday 11/10/1971

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    Bono, AR
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    Cross-country off road motorcycle racing. Old VW's. Gardening and animals.

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  • Amputation Date:
    August 22, 2005
  • Amputation Cause:
    Trauma, motorcycle vs. truck
  1. THE MOTORCYCLE MIRACLE RIDER KAIT 8 TV, July 17, 2007 Jonesboro, AR -- Marsha Mays Reporting JONESBORO, AR -- You might think racing motorcycles or even just riding motorcycles requires two legs. Well, think again. One Region 8 man who lost his leg from above the knee is showing others why handicaps don't always have to mean limitations. Shane Tacker of Bono is practicing for an extreme amateur sporting competition in Orlando for people living with a limb loss, but this isn't his first race since he lost his leg. Shane has been riding and racing motorcycles for 9 years now, but 7 of those years were spent riding with two legs. Today, he rides with only one. Two years ago, Shane was riding his street bike when a car hit him. Doctors had to remove his left leg. "I wasn't a one legged guy who one day decided to race motorcycles. I was already a motorcycle racer that lost a leg so for me it wasn't a decision to go," says Tacker. A natural choice that he says saved him from misery. Just three months after the crash, Shane returned to racing. "I just got on the motorcycle and went and I ran through every emotion there is during that race, but I saw the checkered flag," says Tacker. A sight that came with a whole new outlook on racing. The motorcycle had to be built for him. Instead of shifting gears with his left foot like other bikers, he's got custom gear shifts on the handle bars. "It's an electronic actuator that moves the same gears everybody else changes gears with except I use just the two buttons on the handle bar now," says Tacker. Although he's riding a modified bike and living in a much different body, Shane says making the choice to continue doing something he loves was an easy decision. "All these other physical things that a person might could do other than ride motorcycles, well I no longer can do those so this is what I've got and it was basically cause I was afraid not to do it," says Tacker. And that and the will to compete again is what's driving Shane to the O & P Extremity Games in Orlando, another new experience he looks forward to learning from. "It'll be a lot different when the guy i'm rubbing handle bars with is fighting the same battle." adds Tacker. Shane will be leaving out Tuesday night for the games. The competition takes place at the Orlando Watersports Complex for 3 days.
  2. RIDING HIGH Jonesboro Sun, July 16, 2007 BY BEN COWENS SUN STAFF WRITER JONESBORO — It’s Sunday morning and a dirt track off Old Harrisburg Road is buzzing with activity. A half-dozen riders whip around the winding, bumpy trail, leaving a cloud of dust in their wake. Shane Tacker is among them, a Bono resident with nearly a decade of racing experience. From the shade of a canvas tent 50 yards away, a handful of onlookers watch as he zips around a curve and vanishes into a depression on the track. He returns to view just long enough to launch himself over a jump, only to disappear once more. Tacker’s motocross vanishing act was more a matter of obstruction than magic, but his participation on this day is nothing short of amazing. Every time he hops on his bike, he does so with only one leg. Tacker, whose left leg was amputated eight inches above his knee in 2005, will compete in the Moto-X event this Thursday in the second Extremity Games in Orlando, Fla. The games are July 19-21 and feature such outdoors and extreme sports as BMX and mountain biking, kayaking, rock climbing, wakeboarding, skateboarding and surfing. All participants are living with limb loss or limb difference. It will be Tacker’s first trek to the games, but he’s been racing for more than a decade. Just as he did before the accident, Tacker competes in the Arkansas Hare-Scramble Championship Series (AHSCS), which holds cross country motorcycle races across the state. He’s that organization’s vice president and treasurer, and retains sponsorships from Powersport Graphics and Jonesboro Prosthetic and Orthotic. Tacker uses a prosthesis day-to-day, but doesn’t compete while wearing an artificial limb. He prefers to ride naturally — and as fast as possible. “He’s fast,” said friend and fellow rider Jeff Wilson. “We’ve got a 2-mile loop that I’ve been riding for several weeks. And when he gets in front of me, I can’t stay (within) about three corners of him.” Added another friend, Matt Burnett: “He jumps out and outruns a lot of guys at the races.” The accident Who knows how many vehicles Shane Tacker had safely crossed paths with over the course of his lifetime. Surely thousands upon thousands, coming in all shapes and sizes — most without more than a passing glance. On Aug. 12, 2005, he crossed a vehicle that would alter his world. It was a simple maneuver, an oncoming vehicle attempting to turn left from Dan Avenue onto Willett Road. The young driver looked up the road, spotted an opening in the rush hour traffic and turned hard to beat the oncoming cars. In his haste, the driver didn’t notice Tacker zipping by at around 50 mph on his motorcycle, blocking the path. “He was trying to look ahead at all the traffic and see the gap and make the turn into a curve,” Tacker said. “He never slowed down. He was turning hard enough his tires were squealing. He never saw me.” The oncoming vehicle slammed into Tacker’s left side at a 45-degree angle and the bumper made a direct impact with his left leg. The initial injuries were compounded when Tacker and his bike hit the pavement. Man and machine slid along the pavement until finally coming to rest 91 feet from the collision. Somewhere along the line Tacker lost his helmet, which came to rest 200 feet from the accident, and suffered a large gash in his head. His leg wasn’t nearly as fortunate. “The level of amputation, that was my highest break,” Tacker said. “From there down my leg was shredded. Cassie, my wife, told me you could see bone pieces laying beside me on the gurney. My pelvis opened up and was broken in three places and I tore my spleen.” The first person on the scene was David Ellison, a friend of Shane’s who just happened to be just a few cars behind when the accident took place. Tacker said Ellison kept him calm and kept him from trying to stand up and put pressure on the leg. Ellison called Shane’s brother Trav, who was visiting with their mother Lynn at the time. Five minutes later they reached the scene. “He was sitting on the side of the highway in a daze,” Lynn said. “He said, ‘Mom I think I messed my leg up.’” An ambulance took Tacker to St. Bernards, where he was treated before being sent by helicopter to Memphis later that night. Burnett, a respiratory therapist, was working in the St. Bernards emergency room that evening when he found out what happened to his friend. “I don’t know what to tell you. His leg was mush, it was awful. It scared us,” Burnett said. “It was as bad of a limb injury as I’d ever seen.” By the time Tacker arrived in Memphis he was completely unaware of the chaos that surrounded him. The medicine he received had intentionally rendered him unconscious, so he had no idea that his fate was becoming clear. “That first night when he was in the unit, intibated and unconscious, the head orthopedic surgeon told me at that time ... the leg needed to go,” Lynn said. The family would not acquiesce; it would have to be Shane’s decision. An unfortunate loss In a traumatic situation, anything can trigger a flood of emotions. In Shane TACKER’s case, it was a simple signature. “It wasn’t a whole bunch of pages,” Tacker said “It was a short little form that basically said, ‘You understand that we’re fixin’ to take your limb and there is no reversal.’ Man, I signed that and when I finished the signature, inside my head there was just a crash. The reality kind of soaked in.” It had been a week since the accident and Tacker knew what he had to do. His doctor said keeping the leg would require 20- 25 surgeries over an 18-month period. Even then he would have walked with a severe limp and suffer from near-constant pain. Or he could lose the leg. “‘If I was your son laying here, what would the choice be?’” Tacker recalled asking the doctor. “He said, ‘Without a doubt, I’d tell him to get the amputation.’” Ten days after the accident, Tacker went into surgery to remove his leg. It didn’t take long for the decision to pay dividends. “When I woke up from coming out of surgery, it was like a different person,” Tacker said. “That leg was so bad off it was sapping everything out of me. Things started to get better after that leg was taken off.” Back on the bike Cassie Tacker thought it was the medicine talking. Shane thought of it as a worthy goal. On Thanksgiving weekend — just three months after his surgery was scheduled — he expected to race in the Riverfront Grand Prix motocross in Fort Smith. It was the final AHSCS race of the year. This proclamation came from a man she said was too weak to hold a conversation without losing his breath. “He was telling the doctors to do the amputation right because he had a race in three months,” Cassie said. “Those races are over two hours. I’m going, ‘He’s out of his mind.’” With his goal in sight, Shane set out to make it happen. With a lot of rehab and a little conniving — he never let his doctors in on the plan — Tacker started and finished the race. “I showed up and kind of forced myself to get on the bike,” he said. “I didn’t ride the motorcycle, I just sort of drove it ... I just survived for two hours is all I did. “As the race went on I could tell the word was passing around, because around every corner ... more and more flashes (from cameras) started going off ... It was special.” Business as usual It’s been almost two years since he lost his leg, and Shane Tacker is riding like never before. He’s in his ninth season as an AHSCS rider and continues to pursue his passion. Leaving his dirt career behind was never really an option. “I was scared not to continue,” he said. “A bird is going to fly, a fish is going to swim. That is what I do. That is what all my buddies do. That’s just the way it is. To one day lose a limb, that’s bad enough and then you’re going to lose (riding) too? I had to get back. I had to.” Although he hasn’t worked at Hughey Auto Parts since he lost his leg, Tacker’s been known to take on a restoration project. Right before the accident, he promised a bike to Jeff Wilson, who hadn’t been on a bike in seven years and hadn’t owned one since 1987. The bike Wilson was promised? It was the same bike that was totaled when Tacker lost his leg. So the two worked on the machine together in the months following the accident and Wilson made sure TACKER took the first ride on the revamped motorcycle. Through the experience, Tacker gained a greater appreciation for his family and friends, including Winston and Shelly Brown, who were with him almost every day in the hospital and set up a Fun Ride in Mayflower to offset some of his medical expenses. Without their support, Shane is sure he would have been much worse off. “I’m super, super thankful to all of my family and friends and anybody who did anything along the way, because it was the first time in my life where I was knocked down and felt absolutely helpless,” he said. With a stable of friends at his side and a bike underneath him, Shane Tacker now has all the help he needs.
  3. Shane

    Opinions Wanted:

    Hopefully, i'll test drive a used 3r80 next week. Really anxious to see what it's like.
  4. Shane

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    Balance isn't the issue you might imagine, really. Staying off the ground and connected to the bike are the biggest challenges. If things get outta whack, the only thing really connecting me to the bike is my hands. That's happened. Once, with both speed and height involved. It was ugly. And just under 2 weeks before i met up with Cherylm in LA.
  5. Shane

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    Anyone have experience with the 3R80?
  6. Shane

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    Sounds like a neat setup. I experimented with a magnet, but didn't have a real strong one. My concern is how a setup will work in the mud and muck, sand and rocks with the likelyhood of several get offs and remounts. The possibility of filth has nixed several of my previous ideas. Again, if i raced all MX, things would be much simpler. Short races, controlled environment. As of now, i'm thinking a roller type binding that gets stepped into may be the ticket. One of these days i'll get back at it. But, for now, i gotta stay focused on finishing my little war horse! Lol!
  7. Shane

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    Hey Dale! Nice to "meet" you. I hope to get some input. My biggest issue with the Mauch is walking in the scabby stuff and get an accidental toe load, which shuts off stance and allows it to collapse. Otherwise, it'd be my top contender. (and i already have one!) May get to try a 3r80 soon. When things are going well, i am often known to go into the woods for 1-2 weeks camping and cutting trail. The C-leg just isn't real compatable with that type of thing. I actually think, with some sort of safety mechanism, i could be just as happy in a straight hydraulic as my C-leg. For that reason alone, the C-leg is brilliant.But it also somewhat dictates your pace.
  8. Shane

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    Hey 1BL! It's been awhile! I hadn't seen the KX06 before. It does resemble the Mauch cylinder alot. A friend of mine, Mike Schultz, has developed a knee called the "Moto Knee." Uses a Fox MB shock and spring with varying geometry. Works great for MX racing, but my forte' is crosscountry endurance racing(2.5 hours, wide open, Harescrambles, GNCC, etc.), tough i have raced MX and SX.(2 time X Games competitor, bronze at Extremity Games MX). I have been working on my own design for a long time, trying to come up with solutions to the shortcomings of the others. I'm using a mauch unit and variable spring assist in key locations during flexion. The connection at the foot peg is especially tricky and the biggest reason i still ride with no prosthesis. It's gotta hold tight,rotate,and yet break away in the event of a get off. Lots of oppurtunities for spills in 2.5 hours of tough terrain racing. I think i've got it figured out, just have to get back to it-after my race bike is in action. One of the big issues with the spring assisted knees is they are only good for the sport, and usually horrible for walking. For walking, mine will be a locked peg leg with an extremely small "foot." Unlock for riding.
  9. Shane

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    HI Cheryl! I hope everything is going well for you, too. I'm doing good. Though it's been a long time, my knee has been continuously improving since i saw you in LA...and my hair has been continuously growing since then, too! Putting together a "franken-bike" to start racing and hope to stretch it's legs in about a week and a half. Now, didn't you move up north? Well, N. Cali?
  10. Hey Gang! It's been awhile, and i needed some input, so i thought i'd drop in and say "Hey!" I'm thinking about the next knee and considering something without batteries. I've had a 1st generation Rheo, it was what the term POS was invented for. Lol! I'm currently in a C-leg, nearing the 3 year mark, meaning no more warranty work. And it just so happens, that's were my C-leg is now- having new seals put in and repairing some sort of glitch that has it shutting itself off. So, back to the OP. I have alot of experience with the Mauch, and am proficient with it. Actually, the Mauch would be great, if only it had a mechanism to keep it from collapsing under accidental toe load- ie: navigating through woods, rocks... I am interested in the 3r80, i think. Anyone have any feedback about the 3r80, or suggestions of other candidates i should consider? I'd like to know about performance and longevity/maintenance. Again, my current leg is a C-leg. I am pleased with it, but looking to go non-electric...possibly.
  11. Shane

    New crutch design

    Here ya go Lynne: Strongarm Mobility During the day, i use my prosthesis exclusively. But, thanks to a bum knee (absolutely no hopping) i use a wheelchair daily(morning coffee, shower etc.) and also night time bath room visits. I use crutches some if i'm having to take a day out of my leg and want to get about outside-but i mostly use them to get around when i'm in riding gear(no prosthesis) and going to and from my bike at the races. I have an aversion to "hospital" and these don't look very "hospital!"
  12. Hi all. I currently use open cuff forearm crutches and it's time for a new set. This is what i'm getting. Price is pretty good,too. @ $100 for the pair. I hope they are as good as their hype!
  13. Shane


    Hi. I was told my c-leg,MAS socket, 5X liner and Harmony vacuum setup would run between $55-60,000. On a side note, i've found alot of good deals on used stuff on ebay. You have to know exactly what will/won't work and how to set it up on your socket. One could get a prosthetist to set it up, but on the side. By law, a prosthetist isn't allowed to install used componentry.