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Re: Not riding for a while !

Postby DEEP DIVER » Tue Sep 11, 2018 4:19 pm

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Re: Not riding for a while !

Postby Jon S » Sun Oct 28, 2018 12:22 pm

Well it looks like my riding for 2018 is over due to busting my wrist some weeks back while helping a neighbour :cry: . Any how initial x-rays showed that my wrist was broken (knew that before I got to A&E), the medics did a good job of clarting me up in plaster. A further x-ray a few days later showed that radius bone had splintered a bit so back in for some 'engineering' to lock the broken bits together, (another good job by the medics) no problem or so I though. :neutral:
Now I find after having the pins out it is worse than they and I thought. :cry:
The broken wrist has mended fine but, :grin: it seems that I have some nerve damage along with arthritis (I knew I had arthritis at the base of my thumb) but it is also affecting some of the other bones in my hand, I put that down to old age and years of spanner wrangling.
The nerve damage is affecting the use of my fingers on the left hand so things like clutch operation is a definite no-no at the moment and I can't feel hot or cold or when I touch anything. The lack of feeling comes and goes, (pins and needles) but it's making the fingers work that bugs me. :evil:
The medics reckon it'll take a couple of months to sort out with a combination of physio and rest, still it gets me out of washing dishes. :grin:
Thankfully it's my left arm so I can still lift a glass or two, (hate using my left hand especially when a drop of Hibernian Aqua Vita is involved, it doesn't taste the same). :drunken:
Hopefully by the time the cold season is over I'll be back in the saddle

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Re: Not riding for a while !

Postby Bill Smithson » Sun Oct 28, 2018 1:48 pm

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I haven't been able to ride my bikes since December 2016 except for my sole ride to the Ayrshire coast last October.
There's still a long way to go with a heart operation due any time soon, but I hope to be aboard again before the end of 2018.
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Good to hear you intend getting back on the bike/s this year!
You must be about the oldest rider on the forum!

All the best for your forthcoming op.

You posted a while ago about the Malin Court hotel in Ayrshire - I am hoping to take Irene there for a couple of days this year (in the car) - it looks very good from their website.
She's not been well the last year but very much better now.
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Hi Ced,
Thanks for your good wishes and good news about Irene. I didn't get to the Malin Court this year after all.
I was persuaded to have a broken tooth root out in readiness for my forthcoming operation. How disastrous that was!!!

After a continual gum bleed for 4 days I was admitted to hospital after a 999 call suffering from severe blood loss and convulsions. The heart op. has also been put further back so I won't be riding this year at least

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Re: Not riding for a while !

Postby Galactic Greyhound » Sun Oct 28, 2018 4:46 pm

Hi Bill,

You've been through the mill with your health problems - hopefully you are feeling better and with a bit of rest will get back on your feet again for next year.

I haven't taken Irene to the Malin Court yet but it is on the cards for a future break.

Take it easy and enjoy the forthcoming festive season.
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Re: Not riding for a while !

Postby K.C. » Fri Nov 09, 2018 4:40 pm

Well,after over seven years since my accident I have now made the decision to sell my '97 R100rt....In very good condition with full luggage(Panniers and topbox)..78,000 miles or so.MOTd now Sorned….I reckon that £3,500 is a fair price but might sell on flea-bay..Wadya think folks?
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Re: Not riding for a while !

Postby raesewell » Fri Nov 09, 2018 7:57 pm

Just out of interest, how much did it cost new?

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Re: Not riding for a while !

Postby K.C. » Fri Nov 09, 2018 8:04 pm

I didn't buy it new so don't know original price...
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Re: Not riding for a while !

Postby raesewell » Mon Nov 12, 2018 12:24 pm

Does anyone know?

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Re: Not riding for a while !

Postby K.C. » Mon Nov 12, 2018 9:16 pm

They can have mine for £3,500....
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Re: Not riding for a while !

Postby DEEP DIVER » Tue Nov 13, 2018 12:51 pm

Well I know when I got my R80ST new in 1984 it was just over £3400 with panniers.
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Re: Not riding for a while !

Postby K.C. » Tue Nov 13, 2018 1:54 pm

In 1980 I bought a new R100rt...I paid £3,300 for it.
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Re: Not riding for a while !

Postby Issy » Wed Nov 14, 2018 10:03 am

How's it going K.C.? With any luck by now you will at least be able to bear weight on your leg.

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Sorry, total senior moment there. Didn't read the dates of the original post or the other 10 pages! My post is totally irrelevant so please ignore it.

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Re: Not riding for a while !

Postby K.C. » Wed Nov 14, 2018 4:23 pm

Yes I can walk reasonably well..Or hobble anyway....I've come to the conclusion that it's time to sell the bike because it's just not getting used at all.....Blue skies,KC.
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Re: Not riding for a while !

Postby Jon S » Sun Jan 27, 2019 3:12 pm

Well here I am a new year and still not much progress on the busted wrist problems. :cry: The medics seem to think my biking days maybe over due to the limited motion of my fingers and lack of feeling in my left paw. They, (the medics), say that I might not recover the full range of motion of my fingers and the lack of grip will severely limit my ability to operate the clutch and switches "in a safely". All I know is that I can't straighten my fingers properly and it don't half hurt when I do the physio exercises and to pull the clutch lever. The medics think I've damaged the nerves and the tendons when my wrist broke. Well there's still time before the warm spring weather so I'll keep plugging along with the physio and see what happens. Worst case is selling up and retiring to four wheels.
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Re: Not riding for a while !

Postby Mjolinor » Sun Jan 27, 2019 4:11 pm

It sounds like an opportunity for some interesting mods like clutch on right, both brakes on foot lever and throttle by the gear lever to me.

Some interesting design and engineering work ahead.

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Re: Not riding for a while !

Postby CaptAirhead » Sun Jan 27, 2019 7:07 pm

My buddy lost his left arm in a biking accident some years ago and has moved his clutch lever to the right side and is still biking away quite happily. He is a good mechanic and does all his own work on the bikes. He could roll a ciggie with one hand faster than I could with two ( I've since packed it in) He is a member of NABD ( http://www.nabd.org.uk ) who can advise on all sorts of mods for different disabilities. There's some really trick stuff out there. I went to one of their rallies once.. what a hoot! Worth looking into.
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Re: Not riding for a while !

Postby Nate » Sun Jan 27, 2019 7:23 pm

Sorry to hear that Jon, but one bike you might consider trying before giving up on two wheels would be a Moto Guzzi V1000 Convert. They're pretty rare, but are around and even come up on ebay from time to time. Nicely similar to, and different from, an airhead, they have great character, handle superbly and although they need the clutch to change from low to high ratio it's perfectly feasible to just stick the 'box in high and leave it there.

Here's one for sale from a dealer: https://www.classicsuperbikes.co.uk/cat ... nvert.html
and another: http://www.powersportandclassicmotorcyc ... cs3_a.html
and here's a private sale: https://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C1048712
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Re: Not riding for a while !

Postby Rob Frankhamr » Sun Jan 27, 2019 7:43 pm

It sounds like an opportunity for some interesting mods like clutch on right, both brakes on foot lever and throttle by the gear lever to me.

Some interesting design and engineering work ahead.
I wonder how difficult it would be to arrange an 'automatic' clutch such as the old Triumph 'Quick Shift' arrangement or the similar arrangement used by the Honda 'Step-Thru' machines.

I never had a chance to ride a 'Quick Shift' but I did ride a 'Step Thru' for a while and found the system quite useable once I got used to it.

For those who've never done it, there is no clutch lever, the gear lever is interlinked with the clutch so that, as the gear lever is moved up or down, the clutch is disengaged before the gear is shifted. It requires a certain amount of dexterity with the left foot and throttle but once mastered was OK (and millions of people have lived on the Honda C50, C70 and C90 range so it can't be too difficult).

Rigging such a system for an airhead might be a bit of a challenge but I'm sure it could be done...

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Re: Not riding for a while !

Postby Nate » Sun Jan 27, 2019 8:54 pm

The '58 Triumph "Slick-Shift" 'box was blessed with a mechanical arrangement whereby pressure on the gear lever (either up or down) caused a curved plate attached to the rear of the lever to actuate the clutch. I've ridden these and they are... interesting. The Hondas use a centrifugal clutch with bob weights that engage drive when the revs rise - basically a twist-and-go system found on billions of small capacity bikes. I don't think either system could be adapted to an airhead, although I have heard of airhead clutches converted to hydraulic operation, and that could mean much less effort required at the lever:
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Re: Not riding for a while !

Postby DEEP DIVER » Mon Jan 28, 2019 12:38 pm

There are more new automatic bikes out now.

https://autowise.com/top-10-automatic-motorcycles/
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Re: Not riding for a while !

Postby george baker » Mon Jan 28, 2019 2:07 pm

Hi
dont some of the R1200 have an auto clutch? Some Honda 700s are auto as well I think

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Re: Not riding for a while !

Postby macplaxton » Mon Jan 28, 2019 3:13 pm

A friend of mine who lost use of his left arm, moved his clutch and indicator switch over to the right on both his work (NTV650) and leisure (Fireblade) bikes. Like me, he worked as a despatch rider in London and he was no slouch through traffic and was hard to keep up with at times!

Much easier with a cable operated clutch (which both were).

Despite some bad accidents (even after the arm one) it never put him off riding. As soon as he could, he was back out on two wheels.
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Re: Not riding for a while !

Postby Rob Frankhamr » Tue Jan 29, 2019 2:15 am

The '58 Triumph "Slick-Shift" 'box was blessed with a mechanical arrangement whereby pressure on the gear lever (either up or down) caused a curved plate attached to the rear of the lever to actuate the clutch. I've ridden these and they are... interesting. The Hondas use a centrifugal clutch with bob weights that engage drive when the revs rise - basically a twist-and-go system found on billions of small capacity bikes. I don't think either system could be adapted to an airhead, although I have heard of airhead clutches converted to hydraulic operation, and that could mean much less effort required at the lever:
http://enduroboxer.blogspot.com/2010/08 ... wegen.html
https://www.swt-sports.de/de/kupplungsn ... -2v-silber
Actually, I don't think it would be too difficult to arrange an external linkage between the kinematic gearchange mechanism and the clutch. I sketched out a rough mechanism which, I think, would do the job. The gear lever travel would be a bit longer and the clutch control might take a bit of getting used to but it should work. If one could arrange a hydraulic servo it would be even easier... the most difficult bit would probably be finding some way to derive the hydraulic pressure from the engine.

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Re: Not riding for a while !

Postby DEEP DIVER » Tue Jan 29, 2019 11:04 am

Many years ago I used to ride a BSA C15 for the Ipswich Triangle Club Moto-Ball. One rider had his bike set up so both gearlever and rear brake were on the right hand side. This was so he could have the ball control using his left foot. Now would it be possible to convert your bike so the clutch pedal was beside the rear brake pedal.
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Re: Not riding for a while !

Postby Rob Frankhamr » Tue Jan 29, 2019 11:28 am

Many years ago I used to ride a BSA C15 for the Ipswich Triangle Club Moto-Ball. One rider had his bike set up so both gearlever and rear brake were on the right hand side. This was so he could have the ball control using his left foot. Now would it be possible to convert your bike so the clutch pedal was beside the rear brake pedal.


Hmmm, disengaging the clutch to select gear when statonary could be interesting... #-o

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