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Why I've Decided to Ride Again After Bad Crash ... #4457901
07/13/17 06:44 AM
07/13/17 06:44 AM
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Midwest USA
LoneRanger Offline OP
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Because I can already feel a deficit in my life by not having a bike in the garage and knowing that when stress starts building up, I can gear up mount up and ride for a while to counter that stress. You don't think about your problems when you're riding. All my parts are just about back up to spec, left ankle range of motion is within maybe 10mm of the right in each movement and planar and dorsiflection strength and range of motion are good (the shifter lever movements). Doing 15 minutes in the stationary bike and 10 minutes on the stairmaster in the gym as cardio then hitting weight machines military press, upright seated bench press, seated bicep curl, standing tricep cable pull downs, and seated plate loaded lat pull machine. Then some Roman chair half situps (almost a crunch almost a situp). Some neck flexion work which has helped restore neck strength and head swivel from having been in the c-collar 10 weeks.

Trying to figure what will be next bike. Really intend to buy pre-owned this time. Moto Guzzi Norge a top contender. Wanting low tech, ability to DIY the serious maintenance like valve adjusts. My Ducati was heavy on tech and driveline & suspension electronic systems, they were all active, and I still wrecked upon encountering gravel on the blacktop-- think it had mainly to do with . . . <wait for it> . . . Being On Two Wheels.

Anyhow, the search is on.



'09 Subaru Forester ...................(QS HM 5W30)
'16 Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 .....(ENI i-Ride PG 10W60)
Re: Why I've Decided to Ride Again After Bad Crash ... [Re: LoneRanger] #4457930
07/13/17 07:39 AM
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I think we all know the feeling grin

Congratulations on your improvement...it sounds like you have made your own luck in your recovery.


Multiple Diesel and Gasoline vehicles
Re: Why I've Decided to Ride Again After Bad Crash ... [Re: LoneRanger] #4457937
07/13/17 07:48 AM
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LR,
great news.

i wrote before the words my uncle told me...
"there are 2 types of riders: those that have gone down and those that eventually will."

to me a true rider is not defined by the bike or clothes or gear or attitude they have on a bike,
but that burning inner NEED to ride.

it is clear you have it.

i dont get to ride as much as i want to...but just having the bike(s) in the garage and looking at them
and touching them always makes me feel better.

for me, not having a bike might as well chop off my head. a bike, any bike, is part of me.
steve


motorcycle oil myth buster
Re: Why I've Decided to Ride Again After Bad Crash ... [Re: sunruh] #4457948
07/13/17 07:57 AM
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Originally Posted By: sunruh
...but just having the bike(s) in the garage and looking at them
and touching them always makes me feel better.


Steve,

Somehow its good to know that I am not the only one who does this.


Multiple Diesel and Gasoline vehicles
Re: Why I've Decided to Ride Again After Bad Crash ... [Re: sunruh] #4457959
07/13/17 08:08 AM
07/13/17 08:08 AM
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Originally Posted By: sunruh
LR,
great news.

i wrote before the words my uncle told me...
"there are 2 types of riders: those that have gone down and those that eventually will."

to me a true rider is not defined by the bike or clothes or gear or attitude they have on a bike,
but that burning inner NEED to ride.

it is clear you have it.

i dont get to ride as much as i want to...but just having the bike(s) in the garage and looking at them
and touching them always makes me feel better.

for me, not having a bike might as well chop off my head. a bike, any bike, is part of me.
steve


Well said thumbsup


2006 Civic EX 202K/AT
2006 Acura TSX 180K/AT
Re: Why I've Decided to Ride Again After Bad Crash ... [Re: LoneRanger] #4457988
07/13/17 08:32 AM
07/13/17 08:32 AM
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Onondaga County
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I know the feeling! I don't have any motorcycles, but I love being out in the woods with the Jeep and my offroad friends ... for an afternoon, weekend trip ... or even a multi day road trip! Don't have to worry about anything when I'm in the woods!

Motorsport hobbies are a great way to deal with and relieve stress. I've considered giving up the Jeep thing quite a few times, but never could draw myself to do it just because of the other benefits of it.


18 Forester 2.5I 6M
00 Jeep Cherokee
01 Ford F-350 XL 4x4 5M
Re: Why I've Decided to Ride Again After Bad Crash ... [Re: LoneRanger] #4458001
07/13/17 08:44 AM
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Great White North.. eh
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Great White North.. eh
approved

I went years without a bike... it was awful. Even though I've stretched the riding season to almost 8 months, I ache for it in the winter months.

Last edited by webfors; 07/13/17 08:45 AM.

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Small engines; RT5 10w30
Re: Why I've Decided to Ride Again After Bad Crash ... [Re: LoneRanger] #4458020
07/13/17 09:01 AM
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Idaho
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It is called passion.


"Don't let your preconceived notions get in the way of facts."
Geoff Metcalf
Re: Why I've Decided to Ride Again After Bad Crash ... [Re: LoneRanger] #4458023
07/13/17 09:08 AM
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Wife and I got a shock the other day. Not often do we see a dead body by the side of the road. A motorcyclist was there, probably crashed 15 minutes before, 2 cop cars, nobody else around, no ambulance (not needed), and they had a sheet covering the body mostly. Never found out if another vehicle was involved or it was just loss of control.
Same road nearby 2 months ago, a cyclist (non-motor type) swerved in front of an SUV after hitting a small rock on his English racer bike, killed on the spot.

Still, you gotta do what makes you happy. Hope for the best. Ride.

Re: Why I've Decided to Ride Again After Bad Crash ... [Re: LoneRanger] #4458076
07/13/17 10:08 AM
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My friend bought a used 2007 Guzzi California and loves it. It has just enough 'old school' appeal with the right amount of modern touches. It's a smooth good looking bike with plenty of power for 2 up riding as well. The California is more in the vain of a cruiser, with a more upright seating position which you might not be interested in, but the Norge is a nice bike leaning more to the sport touring class. And congratulations on your commitment to your recovery.

http://www.motoguzzi.com/us_EN/moto/cruiser/California/California-1400-Touring-2017.html

Last edited by gman2304; 07/13/17 10:14 AM.
Re: Why I've Decided to Ride Again After Bad Crash ... [Re: LoneRanger] #4458087
07/13/17 10:17 AM
07/13/17 10:17 AM
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Reno, Nevada
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Glad to hear you're going to be riding again. Years ago I moved to a new town after a divorce and got a terrible job until I could find a better one. Riding to work really helped to keep me on a even keel.

I've had very good luck with used bikes and been able to find them with the same upgrades that I would have wanted to do at a much lower price. Never owned or ridden a Guzzi but it sounds like you're on the right track.

Re: Why I've Decided to Ride Again After Bad Crash ... [Re: LoneRanger] #4458088
07/13/17 10:19 AM
07/13/17 10:19 AM
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"one of us, one of us, one of us" lol

Good job on using exercise to get back in working order. There is a famous author named Frederic Delavier who has pushed the notion that targeted exercise is the best way to address many bodily problems. You might look at some of his work.


http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/431815.Fr_d_ric_Delavier

About the bike: If you want easy DIY and low tech, go with a Honda. Their screw and nut valve adjusters are easy peasy.

Re: Why I've Decided to Ride Again After Bad Crash ... [Re: LoneRanger] #4458095
07/13/17 10:24 AM
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Canada
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Good to hear OP.

Honestly, I knew you were going to get back on, it was just a matter of when.

I never knew I had a need for a motorcycle, until I had one. Since then it has changed how I view myself and the world around me.

Cars regardless of size, power, etc all come and go. But there's something about a bike that is remarkably different and fills a primitive need that cannot be filled by anything else.


06 Lexus IS350- Wife
88 BMW 325is- Mistress
Re: Why I've Decided to Ride Again After Bad Crash ... [Re: LoneRanger] #4458102
07/13/17 10:32 AM
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PV Az
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When my son was born I was riding a 750 Honda including a 25 mile one way commute. One day coming home from work I came upon an accident scene, an 18 wheeler rolled a stop and cloths lined a cyclist, killing him. Didn't see him. Could have easily been me. Rode home, sold the Honda. Made the decision that while you have no way of knowing your fate, I was not going to leave my son without a father because I chose to ride a motorcycle and got killed because of that choice alone. Mountain bikes have kept me on 2 wheels for 30 years since, and probably healthier at 60 than if I'd stayed on motors. You've done the math, hope there's nobody in you life that can't live without you if you don't get up the next time. In no way am I calling right or wrong.


86 Samurai 1.3 leftovers
14 RAV4 2.5 5W-20 PP
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The most important thing to do in your life is to not interfere with someone else's life. - Frank Zappa

Re: Why I've Decided to Ride Again After Bad Crash ... [Re: LoneRanger] #4458137
07/13/17 11:02 AM
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KY
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I think that only people who ride understand your decision. I backed off riding for a while due to a knee injury(from a tree pruning accident). I'm planning to start back riding soon- but on a much smaller bike...


Mine:
2014 M235i
1999 Wrangler Sahara
1995 318ti Club Sport

Wife's:
2009 Cooper Clubman

Son's
2009 328i

Buy what makes you smile...
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