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post #21 of 42 (permalink) Old 06-11-2020, 12:16 PM
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Lee,

Not my business, okay, but I'd like to add one thing more: supplements. By all accounts, nobody gets everything their bodies need in foods today. Your body has been assaulted, and even though intentions may have been the best, you should do what you can to help your body heal and recover now. There are many good daily multivitamin/mineral products available, some even age-related. Seek the advice of health food stores and pharmacists about the quality and sufficiency of any such products, and add a good multivitamin/mineral supplement to your diet. A little research could pay off well there.

Where bones need to repair, your body will rob calcium from every bone in your body to make repairs, if needed. That can make all of the other bones in your body easier to break. You can prevent that problem with Calcium Citrate + Vitamin D. Neither one does much by itself, but together, the pair is so beneficial that this combination product is sold as a single pill.

Can't hurt, might help, and maybe more than you will know. Best wishes.

My US$.02 worth.
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post #22 of 42 (permalink) Old 06-12-2020, 10:56 AM
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Hi Lee, wishing you all the best on your recovery! I'll just throw this out there and you can take it or leave it. I know it can be exhausting to constantly frame everything this way, but, it could always be worse. Since this is related to motorcycles and legs I'll share. A very good friend of mine basically got T-boned by a car last year while on his motorcycle. He went septic in the hospital and **** near died and they had to amputate his left leg above the knee (after trying to save it below the knee for way too long which is why he went septic speaking of medical mess ups). He went through 3 amputations and lost his knee anyway. He'll probably never ride again among many other activities that require two good legs. He's lucky to be alive. Whenever I'm having a crappy day, which is often these days for various reasons, I just think that at least I have all my limbs still attached. I have food and shelter. My family is healthy. I'm alive. It could always be way worse. I'm admittedly a terrible stoic but it's best to *try* not to be angry about things that are completely outside of our control. I hope this doesn't come across as too preachy but I've been focusing a lot on these things lately trying to keep my own head up. Keep after it! And I want to thank you Lee, because I was having a bad morning and I already feel better after writing this and reminding myself to stop and smell the roses and just let go. Now I just have to go find some roses...
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I'd like to add here, trikes aren't just the same antique rigid technology, today. There are some interesting "leaning" conversions available, and I see them as good alternatives to regular bikes. Some may not be RickyRacers now, but the "trike" that you want may out there, or maybe soon. I found this video a while back, but there must be more, similar and maybe better. Due to age or some other stuff, I might need one of them someday, to keep riding. Watch it in full-screen.
Just a thought.

Yamaha now makes a leaning-3-wheeler as OEM.

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Wow, really sorry to see this. I can only imagine how you feel. My thoughts and prayers are certainly with you at this point; hoping that your pain subsides and your progress continues however slow it may be. I lost my first wife to cancer in 2008 and that certainly challenged me as a human being; only after years of processing it did I change the way I looked at things. It's one of the main reasons why I turned to motorcycles again, to run away from all that reminded me of my misery at the time. Life is full of twists and turns, many times you are in the dark as to why something like this happens to you and it is difficult to grasp it. It's very raw for you right now, give it time to heal and time for yourself to process everything; we have an amazing capacity to adapt, but it takes time to get there. I wouldn't get rid of the bike or GT500 before you know your full potential to recover; recoveries from trauma take time and some more than others. Keeping it can possibly be a source of a positive goal, to get back to riding. Nothing is guaranteed, but I wouldn't do anything based on your feelings now. Being pissed at the world is completely normal, we're all capable of that depending on certain events that happen to us.

Really hope and pray your recover goes well Sir.
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Appreciate everyone's thought/comments.

Last Thursday, 3 weeks + 1 day post the initial surgery, I finally felt like I had crested the mountain and was now looking downward. I was able to get some work done, attend a long conference call, make phone calls, check emails, etc for the first time in just under a month. Every day since has gotten better.

My leg is still crunked up & funky but functional. I'm now up to walking 2 miles a day but I'm pretty much wiped out after doing so.

Today was a day of 'firsts.' I got back behind the wheel of the GT500 & she cranked right over, this after sitting 3 weeks. I had to test my leg so I took my daughter out for a ride. All in all, it went well & w/my left leg being numb, pushing the clutch wasn't a real issue. Then we went out to dinner for the first time in probably 3+ months.

No, I'm not ready yet to even consider the FJR.

I start rehab tomorrow & have a visit w/the ortho doc Thursday. Guess I'll know more about my pending recovery then.

Again, thanks to all.
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That's great news, glad you're making good progress. Take it slow and make sure you give it time, not that I have to tell you that. Keep us apprised; praying for more miracles to come for you.

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Finished up rehab about 10 days ago. I've regained probably 75-80% of my strength, mobility, balance in the left leg yet it remains about 60% numb still, primarily in the quadriceps and the front of my shin/calf muscles. All in all, it could be worse & I'm told the nerve numbness should eventually return to normal w/in 6-8 months. I wish I saw more progress w/the numbness but sadly, it has not improved much over the last month. It was suggested I see a neurologist to determine nothing serious is wrong, so that's the next stop.

Also sadly, it's nearly impossible to file a malpractice suit here in FLA due to costs, so the likelihood of me recovering any $$ from the surgeon, hospital doctor or hospital appear minimal. As the lawyers told me, because of the strength of the AMA lobby here in FLA, no doctor is ever held accountable. Pisses me off. They wouldn't even be censured or counseled, nothing.

But now for the better news:
I took the FJR out this AM w/my daughter. First time on the bike since mid-February, I believe. Missed out on a beautiful riding season too because of the hip injury. Anyway, it was balls hot so we only went out for an hour & a half. Initially, I was a bit uncomfortable, w/the bike so **** heavy & my daughter loaded up but I wasn't going w/out her and she wasn't letting me go w/out her! I regained my sea legs after about 30m of riding and when we both had sweated enough, we returned home.

As I've said repeatedly before, the only real reason I bought the FJR was because my daughter wanted to ride w/me but honestly, as swell as the FJR is, for all its positives, I don't think it's my cup of tea. It's directly counter to my lifetime of UJM & similar bikes. The reality is I rarely ride the FJR for what it's designed for- I don't often do more than 3-4 hour rides, only ride across state infrequently and I've never crossed a state boundary line on any of my bikes, even my Ninja 1000 and that was my prior "ST." I imagine I'll keep her (the bike, that is) for another year, maybe less and move onto the next ride. We'll see tho.

Best to all.
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Lee, if you really like a lighter weight, UJM style bike, I heartily recommend the Honda CB 1100. Either the 2014 deluxe or the 2017 EX. Just great all around motorcycles and perfect for the riding you describe.



hope your medical issues are now mostly in the rear view mirror.
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Another option is the Suzuki Bandit 1200/1250 which can be found very reasonably priced.
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If/when I decide it's time to sell the FJR, I'll likely lean back towards either a low mileage/ used Kawasaki Z900RS or perhaps a leftover '20 Ninja 1000, maybe even a Versys 1000. My '11 N1K really fit me/my riding purposes well, plus it was 150+ lbs. lighter than the FJR and now has cruise control- yay!

But the call of the UJM remains strong w/me and possibly best suits my riding wants/needs.

And of course, as a UJM, the Z900RS can be customized to do just about everything. The downside is no stock fairing/windscreen (no, I don't want the cafe model) or cruise control, much less storage capabilities, all the options I love about the FJR. But the Z900RS can be modded w/bags, bikini fairings (pictured below) and throttle locks so one way or the other, it'll all work out.

I believe some would refer to this as a first world problem.
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