The End of The Road, Well Almost

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The End of The Road, Well Almost

Postby Jon S » Tue Apr 02, 2019 7:37 pm

Well after several months of various complications / problems that have arisen from a busted wrist, the medics have finally come out and STRONGLY ADVISED that I refrain from riding motorcycles if I want to keep the full use of my hand. [-X
It seems that although the primary damage has healed fully and the bones are fine, the tendons and nerves from my wrist to my hand and fingers are unlikely to recover sufficiently to operate the left hand controls with the dexterity required for safe riding. :smt022
After a 'shortish' run out just to see for myself I now fully agree with the medical professional, a fellow biker btw. I really suffered trying to operate the clutch and switches. although the hand/fingers move ok (ish) the lack of sensation in my hand/fingers without gloves is bad enough, with gloves not even a snow ball's of sensation. So much so I spent so much time looking at my paw just to make sure it was still there and working.
After10 or so miles the pain around my wrist and lower arm was so bad I had to pull up and rest. I even considered ringing Mrs Jon S to pick me up.
So the decision has been made, no more bike ridding. :cry:
Luckily a fellow 'airhead nut' who lives fairly local and has nagged me for ages to sell him old Brunhide' has bought the old girl to replace his current 'jap-scrap' and, has offered me the back seat so I'll become 'Goose' to his 'Maverick' so I'll still be getting out and about. :smile:

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Re: The End of The Road, Well Almost

Postby King Herald » Tue Apr 02, 2019 8:22 pm

That’s not good. :sad: Thought about a trike? I’ve had carpal tunnel syndrome for years and have had the operation on my left hand, which cured that side. I often wondered what I would do if it got too bad to ride properly, and always envisaged a trike being in my future. No hand controls required, apart from basic steering, everything can be done by foot.
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Re: The End of The Road, Well Almost

Postby Jon S » Tue Apr 02, 2019 9:06 pm

Yep, the thought did cross my mind, but, the 'Long Haired General' has 'other opinions'

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Re: The End of The Road, Well Almost

Postby gogs01 » Wed Apr 03, 2019 8:36 am

Honda NC750 or VFR1200 with DCT ? Clutchless version of Yamaha FJR1300 ? Any of the larger scooters ?

All very different to looking after an old airhead, but you'd be able to get yourself out and about ! :grin:
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Re: The End of The Road, Well Almost

Postby Jaythro » Wed Apr 03, 2019 10:03 am

Should definitely have a look at the DCT Honda adventure Scooter, Dagda has just got one to replace his GSA, getting off after long runs was wrecking him with his bad hip / knee

And the NC750 has a great reputation
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Re: The End of The Road, Well Almost

Postby windmill john » Wed Apr 03, 2019 11:19 am

And if you don't want to spend that much in case you think it is a mistake, how about a Burgman.
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Re: The End of The Road, Well Almost

Postby gogs01 » Wed Apr 03, 2019 1:29 pm

Just had a thought about advising a scooter as an option - most of them have the rear brake operated by the left hand lever. Might that be an issue ? :sad:
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Re: The End of The Road, Well Almost

Postby macplaxton » Wed Apr 03, 2019 3:00 pm

A courier friend of mine had a Honda Fireblade and NTV (for work) with all controls on the right. He lost most of the use of his left arm following a crash in the early 1990s.

Despite having two levers one above the other on the right, he could still cut a serious pace round central London through traffic.

Even after a later bad smash resulting in his leg being pinned up didn't put him off riding.
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Re: The End of The Road, Well Almost

Postby Jon S » Wed Apr 03, 2019 8:11 pm

Thanks for all the suggestions but, I've never liked ridding a scoters, I never felt comfortable without something to grip with my knees.

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Re: The End of The Road, Well Almost

Postby Bomber Harris » Thu Apr 04, 2019 5:51 pm

Am the same, have had broken bones in both hands and the tip missing from one of my fingers, all sustained in various " offys " in the seventies, have soldiered on for a number of years, until last week, went for a short spin, 8 miles or so, came back and could hardly bend my fingers, I need manual dexterity for my job as well so the bike is for sale, sad but inevitable.

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Re: The End of The Road, Well Almost

Postby DEEP DIVER » Sun Apr 07, 2019 12:09 pm

Not sure if you are still looking but how about some thing like this.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SUZUKI-HAYAB ... Sw-Btcpd1w

It has left hand controls for the throttle and clutch with linked brakes.
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