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Etennuly
Posted on Wednesday, April 03, 2019 - 11:05 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Crusty, after an accident with injury on a bike, to consider no longer riding is a sign of intelligence.

The ignorance of youth is behind you. You know..... Where one might crash, break several ribs and sprain your ankles then ride over 700 miles home within 14 hours.

At our age we have the patience and time to let our intellect kick in, to actually think about what we are doing and the risks we are taking.






Ah bullshit! You will be back on that thing as soon as the knees and hips will allow you to throw a leg over and hold it up!

It is who we as riders are.....it is what will keep us out of the nursing home ..... or asylum!
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Ourdee
Posted on Wednesday, April 03, 2019 - 12:24 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

John, If for some crazy reason it is not healed well enough for Springfield, I will drive over and haul your carcass to and from the weekend festivities.
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Adrenaline_junkie
Posted on Wednesday, April 03, 2019 - 01:59 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Not if I get there first Ourdee!
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Ourdee
Posted on Wednesday, April 03, 2019 - 02:35 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

You won't.

(Message edited by ourdee on April 03, 2019)
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Crusty
Posted on Wednesday, April 03, 2019 - 03:46 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Ah bullshit! You will be back on that thing as soon as the knees and hips will allow you to throw a leg over and hold it up!

It is who we as riders are.....it is what will keep us out of the nursing home ..... or asylum!



Truth.

In 1997, a Jersey Barrier fell over on me at work and crushed my ankle. When I was in the hospital, I thought that if my leg was amputated, I'd either get a trike or a sidecar rig. Fortunately, I didn't lose my leg.

I'm still going to ride again. I'm almost positive (over 99%) I'll be riding to Springfield for Memorial Day weekend.

I don't think I'll be quite as fast as I used to be, but I could be wrong. I really wasn't that fast to begin with. However, at 68 years old, I think it's OK to slow down a little bit. I know that my healing processes have.
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Court
Posted on Wednesday, April 03, 2019 - 04:35 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Frankly, I don't ride near as much as I used to . . . in fact, it's pretty rare these days.

I used to ride pretty well and, when I started riding Buells . . . about 32 years ago . . . I had much better eyesight, reaction times and had the general reaction, perception and skill set of a person 32 years my junior.

One of the key "skills" to riding as age advances is to respect the natural, unavoidable and inevitable degradation of some of these skills.

When I do ride now . . . I am less aggressive, take fewer risks, plan better, have elevated respect for weather, fatigue, dark and things that wouldn't have phased me years ago.

One of the keys . . . and, I speak only for my own perspective, of enjoying riding . . . at this age . . . is recognizing all the elements that it takes to be a skilled rider and being the best you can. I don't race 22 year olds on sport bikes . . . although I wish I still could.

I was tempted to remind Erik Buell of this on his birthday, yesterday, but didn't want to have my ass kicked by an older person.

:-)
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86129squids
Posted on Wednesday, April 03, 2019 - 10:56 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Did that jackass get pooted out of his momma's belly just the other day?

WTF?! Erik, be sure to head to Vintage Days at Barber, this year or the next several. Happy BDay, friend.
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Crusty
Posted on Friday, April 05, 2019 - 05:05 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Old and New

Here's the helmet I was wearing when I went down. the face shield is obviously scratched, but what isn't visible is whatever damage happened when my head was slammed against the pavement.



Considering how hard my head hit, I won't take a chance with that helmet again. I bought a new Schuberth C3 Lite to replace my old C3. I was afraid that Schuberth might have changed something important and it wouldn't fit as nicely as the old C3, but the new hat fits me as snugly as the old one.

Here's a picture of the two helmets together:



As soon as my legs heal, I'll get out on the Roadster and give the new hat a break-in ride.
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Buellish
Posted on Friday, April 05, 2019 - 05:35 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Joe West (the cowboy shooter with the Roadster you met down here),Joe Alberts and I were talking about how much we missed you in Suches this past weekend.I hope you continue to heal quickly John.

Mike
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Etennuly
Posted on Saturday, April 06, 2019 - 09:31 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Oh heck, I would have buffed that shield and put a couple layer wrap of duct tape around that helmet and run it another 10 years!
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Crusty
Posted on Saturday, April 06, 2019 - 10:21 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Vern; I know how hard my head slammed the ground, and I was hospitalized in 1994 when I was hit on the head by a drill steel while mining in a hard rock tunnel. Sometimes, I may act like I don't have much for brains, but I like the few I do have. As my brother David put it, my head is easily worth the price of a new helmet. It would cost a lot more in hospital expenses that that paltry sum, if the helmet hadn't done its job.

Besides, it would have cost almost as much just to replace the shield and pinlock.

My head is worth a good helmet.
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Ourdee
Posted on Saturday, April 06, 2019 - 10:37 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

How is the bike healing?
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Etennuly
Posted on Saturday, April 06, 2019 - 11:43 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Yeah John I know.

When I bought my first new bike, 1979 Honda CB 750 F, the dealer was running a free helmet promotion. My sales guy held up an all plastic helmet and a Hondaline helmet. He said this $10 plastic one is free, the $160 Honda helmet comes with $10 off. He looked me in the eyes and asked " what is your head worth?"

Of course I took the cheap helmet.

I had my good Bell helmet out in the car.

Used that cheap helmet for years for passengers on dirt bikes and snowmobiles. I always rode slower and smarter when loaded down with a passenger(who would not let me go fast anyways.)
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Ourdee
Posted on Saturday, April 06, 2019 - 07:15 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Crusty, I found something for you.






What do you think?
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86129squids
Posted on Sunday, April 07, 2019 - 01:09 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Mr. Canfield, thanks for what you know, what you remembered, and everything you share.

FWIW, just got back in from seeing Willie. It has been a fine day.
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Crusty
Posted on Sunday, April 07, 2019 - 07:35 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Ourdee; Those look to be in fine shape. Unfortunately, I don't think they'll fit my bike. The MoFoCo changed wheel bearing and axle sizes right around the time my bike was made and they probably wouldn't fit.

The good news is that my wheels are not in need of replacement.
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Ourdee
Posted on Sunday, April 07, 2019 - 12:58 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

If you get me measurements, I can check. My neighbor sold his bike and these were early removals. He was talking about finding a re-cycler to give them to. I raised my hand. The tires look good, but we know that rubber is old.
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Crusty
Posted on Sunday, April 07, 2019 - 02:11 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

R.D.; If they're going to be junked, I'll take them! I hate to see perfectly good parts get scrapped.
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Ourdee
Posted on Sunday, April 07, 2019 - 02:31 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Now, that is the spirit. They are in great shape.
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Crusty
Posted on Monday, April 08, 2019 - 06:36 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Road Music and Cramping Feet


My brother has an enormous music collection and every so often, I compile a list of songs that all have a common theme. David will then put them all on one disc for me. Since I consider myself a bit of a Tramp, I tend to favor music that has traveling as a theme, and Iíve come up with a couple of collections that are comprised of songs that fit into that category. One was compiled during the summer of 2015 when I was living on the road. I covered thousands of miles singing various songs in my helmet. I made a list of the songs and performing artists while I was in Australia, and David put together a disc that was magnificent. He added a couple of songs that fit really well with my choices to use up the available time on the disc, and his choices were perfect.

Anyway, one of the discs that I had been slowly compiling tunes for had a theme of being strictly instrumental. It wasnít strictly Road Music, but I really liked everything on the list. There was one flaw, however; a couple of pieces that were included had vocals. The computer picked the song version rather than the instrumental and neither David nor I caught it until the disc was done. I liked them, so rather than do a complete remake, I just changed the title of the disc from Speechless to Almost Speechless. It turned out pretty well, and Iím happy with the results. I think that David was getting near the end of his patience when we were compiling the songs, but it really came out well.

I bring that up because Iíve been listening to it while I ate dinner and while Iíve been hacking this out. The weather today was flawless; it was 76 F and mostly sunny. I have windows open throughout the house to let the fresh air in and I really want to get on the Roadster and put a few miles on. I would love to ride up to Springfield (Ohio) and have lunch at Rudyís Smokehouse. But I canít, yet.

The healing process is being particularly slow. Lately Iíve had problems with the toes and ball of my foot cramping up. My legs are swollen enough that my calves and feet look like sausages. I think that the cramping in my feet is being caused by the swelling and injury to my thighs and calves. All the muscles in my legs feel tight, and close to 50% of the visible skin is discolored; mostly black and blue. I think that the muscles and tendons are pulling on the toes and thatís whatís causing the cramping.

To be honest, even though my knees still hurt, if it wasnít for the cramping, Iíd probably be walking around a lot better and Iím about 90% sure that Iíd be riding.

Well, tomorrow, I see the Orthopedic Specialist, and Iíll get his opinion on whatís wrong. I hope he isnít one of those quacks who hates motorcycles. Iíve run into way too many medical personnel who donít want anyone to ride. When I was about to have my heart surgery, I met with the Cardiac Surgeon. I was wearing a Moto Guzzi sweatshirt, and he told me that when he was a poor medical student, he always wanted a Guzzi. I felt pretty good knowing that the guy who was going to cut up my heart had a positive attitude about bikes. He was an exception to the rule, however. Most medical professionals hate bikes and wonít hesitate to tell me why I shouldnít ride. I have two words for them and the words arenít Merry Christmas.

In the movie The Worldís Fastest Indian, after Burt Munro has had a Heart Attack, the Doctor tells him that his riding days are over. He responds, ďLike Hell, they are.Ē Thatís the right attitude, as far as Iím concerned.

I hope that by this time tomorrow night, I feel like dancing from the good news I heard and Iím not swearing at another jackass of a quack.
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Griffmeister
Posted on Monday, April 08, 2019 - 08:57 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Hey, some doctors are okay. After I had my back fusion I kept asking the surgeon when I could ride again. He held me off for about two months then said okay as long as I didnít meet him back at the ER.
The best part is youíre looking forward to getting back in the saddle, just stay away from that damn highway.
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Ourdee
Posted on Monday, April 08, 2019 - 10:06 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Let us know what the news is tomorrow.
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Zac4mac
Posted on Tuesday, April 09, 2019 - 12:32 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I came close to buying a Ducati from my spinal surgeon. He saved me from being a quadriplegic.
He backed out , saying his wife wanted it.
So I bought a shoveled wide-glide.

Two years later, I bought my first Buell, a 2003 XB9R.

Z
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Crusty
Posted on Tuesday, April 09, 2019 - 10:49 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Boots Again


Iím not a shoe freak; at least, I donít think I am. I have three pairs of boots. A pair of Chippewa Rally boots that I lusted after for years, a pair of Thorogood side zip Jump boots that I use for daily wear and an old pair of Thorogood Deuce boots that are really scuffed up that I use for yard work. I should throw them out, but the soles donít pick up as much mud as the Jump boots and if Iím kneeling on the garage floor working on the bike, it doesnít matter if the toes get scuffed up.

I used to be really into Engineer Boots, but after my ankle got crushed, it hurt too much to wear them, so I got into Italian motorcycle boots. They were lighter and didnít hurt my ankle. They also didnít last very long (I used them for daily wear) and were expensive.

Time has passed and once I got the Chippewas, I realized that I probably could wear Engineer style boots again. The Rally boots are very well made, but they have a few flaws that fit into the annoying area. Theyíre not water proof. Hell, theyíre held closed by a couple of straps with Velcro. When my foot is on the pegs, there is an open area along the seam that forms a small scoop if I didnít quite get the straps tight enough. Thatís OK in hot, dry weather, but it sucks in the rain. Also, the heel and sole are shaped more like cowboy boots. That means that theyíre shaped right for riding, but they arenít so comfortable for walking around. Donít get me wrong; theyíre not bad boots, but they just arenít perfect. I still use them when Iím putting miles on the Roadster.

A while back, I was looking at an e-mail from New Enough.com (now Motorcycle Gear) and they were showing a pair of TCX Fuel boots. Theyíre waterproof and have a side zipper and they look like a boot that Iíd love. TCX makes good boots, so it started me thinking, but the price was almost 280 bucks. The Chippewas are still in good enough shape that I canít justify spending that kind of money on a pair of new boots. Hell; it took me several years of lusting after the Chippewas before I bit the bullet and bought a pair. I never regretted buying them, though.

Now, I just shelled out the dough for a new helmet. Even when theyíre a bargain, Schuberth helmets arenít cheap. My checking account is down to a hundred bucks and I donít get my next deposit for another two weeks. I have enough food in the freezer to get by. Iíll have to buy bread and milk (and it isnít even going to snow!) and maybe a couple of side items, but Iíll be OK. However, Iím broke.

So why is the obsession to buy a pair of Fuel boots haunting me? I refuse to use the plastic. I will get it paid down come hell or high water. I donít need the boots. Itís not like the helmet. The old helmet was compromised and it saved me from serious head injury. I really donít need boots, from a safety standpoint. I have both the Jump boots and the Rally boots, and they both offer decent protection. I guess that itís just the old desire looking for an opportunity.

I will get a pair of Distressed Brown Fuel boots sometime in the future. Once that happens, Iíll be happy for a while until I get obsessed about something else. In the meantime, thereís a dealer whoís got a pair in my size for only $219.00 with free shipping from the U.K.

I guess Iíll just avoid fleaBay for a while. Then, maybe Iíll get over it.
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86129squids
Posted on Tuesday, April 09, 2019 - 11:52 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Hey RoadCrust- given your all too recent get-off, I found this article extremely interesting this AM...

http://www.motorcycledaily.com/2019/04/bontrager-w avecel-did-trek-just-revolutionize-safety-helmet-d esign/

Videos are very cool. Hope to see some MC brainbuckets made with this tech.
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Crusty
Posted on Tuesday, April 09, 2019 - 04:36 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Just got back from seeing the Orthopedic $peciali$t. There's nothing permanently screwed up. It's just taking a longer while to heal because I'm an old fart. If I wasn't hurting so much, I'd be dancing a Tarantella right now.

If this magnificent weather holds, I think I'll wash the Roadster tomorrow!
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Adrenaline_junkie
Posted on Tuesday, April 09, 2019 - 04:51 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

That's very good news John!
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Adrenaline_junkie
Posted on Tuesday, April 09, 2019 - 04:53 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I'd dance s jig for you but I'm in an insurance office. They might up my premiums if they decide I'm nuts.
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Etennuly
Posted on Tuesday, April 09, 2019 - 05:16 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Yeah haw! Good news.

I'd dance for ya, but I'm better at napping. So.............
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Ourdee
Posted on Tuesday, April 09, 2019 - 08:31 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I'll nap to that.
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