Completely blind with a licence to ride
Brisbane man has just become the first person who is blind in Queensland to receive a recreational dirt bike licence.
Posted on 22.11.2021
Chass Moller-Nielson can’t tell you what a motorbike looks like, but he’s always wanted to ride.
The 32-year-old, who was born “totally blind”, was told for years there was no way he could legally get behind the handlebars.
But the Brisbane man has just become the first person who is blind in Queensland to receive a recreational dirt bike licence.
“It just feels like freedom, freedom and joy.”
Navigation help from a friend
Mr Moller-Nielsen used the help of a navigator, on a separate bike, to give him directions and information about the course.
Navigator and friend Jack Elkins said the pair used microphones and earpieces inside their helmets to communicate.
“The most important thing a navigator can do is give them cue points — you’re at this part of the course — and then just a basic steering left or right,” he said.
“I don’t tell him what gear to use, how to brake, et cetera, I just have to guide him.
“We haven’t really complicated it yet, so we’re just doing simple turns and leaning.
“But obviously, as we progress, we’re going to get a bit more difficult.”
The pair currently ride around a dirt bike track at the Queensland Moto Park near Boonah.
Mr Moller-Nielsen said he relied on community support, including donated bikes and equipment, to keep riding.
“I want to tell others not to listen to the people who say no, don’t prove yourself to the people who say no,” Mr Moller-Nielsen said.
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