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post #1 of 32 Old 05-28-2014, 02:41 PM Thread Starter
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Note to self: HIT THE FREAKIN KILL SWITCH!

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Four weeks ago I was parking the bike on the sidewalk beside the shop and not paying attention. I didn't realize until it was too late the rear tire was on the edge of the pavement and the bike began to tip to the right. Of course I tried to save it to no avail. My next thought was of that beautiful tank - "why didn't I get around to building those crash bars?" - and with the bike still in gear and my hand on the clutch I decided to let her down easy knowing she would lunge if I let go. So I slowly followed my baby down until I was sure the rear tire was off and then released the clutch. For some reason the motor bounced off the rev limiter 3 times before the level sensor shut it down. No harm no foul. Not a scratch. I looked around to make sure nobody saw me. This is not my first tip over rodeo and I knew to take a breath before snatching the bike back to its upright position. I went inside and returned 10 minutes later and set her back on the tires. No problemo, right? WRONG! About 20 minutes later my left shoulder informed me that I screwed up. I spent the next couple of days in denial and several more trying in futility to keep it immobilized. Then I googled rotator cuff. Ice, anti-inflammatories and range of motion exercises. My exam this morning revealed I most likely will not need surgery. I proceeded right into therapy. Now I can put the bike together, routine 43k stuff - tires, chain & sprockets, rear pads & rotor, oil & filter - and get back in the picture game.
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post #2 of 32 Old 05-28-2014, 03:56 PM
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Ken, it's a sick feeling knowing it's going over and there's not a thing you can do to stop it. hope the shoulder heals up quickly and you're back in
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That really sucks. Especially that helpless feeling. At least you knew how to handle it.
Glad you and the bike are OK.

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good luck with the shoulder!
I messed mine up last fall and have been in that denial stage.. slowly realizing this ones not getting better on it's own.. get that thing fixed!

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Jesus that's a beefy brace! I wonder if they have some that cover both shoulders (I've had reconstruction done on both sides now).

Anyways, glad to hear your shoulder doesn't need repair, those can be a huge pain in the neck and (at least in my case) can take years to get to normal afterwards.

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Jesus that's a beefy brace! I wonder if they have some that cover both shoulders (I've had reconstruction done on both sides now).

Anyways, glad to hear your shoulder doesn't need repair, those can be a huge pain in the neck and (at least in my case) can take years to get to normal afterwards.
Yeah it's surprisingly comfortable - designed to offer some compression without limiting range of motion, and to be worn under your gear which I did today. Man it's good to be back on the bike.
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It sucks when you realize what an idiot you are.

Happens to me less now than it used too, but still, it happens.

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UPDATE:

Well before I get myself arrested for assaulting my therapist, I thought it wise to go ahead and get a MRI. Results are in, I don't have a torn ligament - I have 3. I see the surgeon on the 21st.

Once again, if you find yourself in the middle of a tip over - hit the kill switch and drop the damn bike.
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Well before I get myself arrested for assaulting my therapist, I thought it wise to go ahead and get a MRI. Results are in, I don't have a torn ligament - I have 3. I see the surgeon on the 21st.

Once again, if you find yourself in the middle of a tip over - hit the kill switch and drop the damn bike.
Dang! Hang in there.

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Four weeks ago I was parking the bike on the sidewalk beside the shop and not paying attention. I didn't realize until it was too late the rear tire was on the edge of the pavement and the bike began to tip to the right. Of course I tried to save it to no avail. My next thought was of that beautiful tank - "why didn't I get around to building those crash bars?" - and with the bike still in gear and my hand on the clutch I decided to let her down easy knowing she would lunge if I let go. So I slowly followed my baby down until I was sure the rear tire was off and then released the clutch. For some reason the motor bounced off the rev limiter 3 times before the level sensor shut it down. No harm no foul. Not a scratch. I looked around to make sure nobody saw me. This is not my first tip over rodeo and I knew to take a breath before snatching the bike back to its upright position. I went inside and returned 10 minutes later and set her back on the tires. No problemo, right? WRONG! About 20 minutes later my left shoulder informed me that I screwed up. I spent the next couple of days in denial and several more trying in futility to keep it immobilized. Then I googled rotator cuff. Ice, anti-inflammatories and range of motion exercises. My exam this morning revealed I most likely will not need surgery. I proceeded right into therapy. Now I can put the bike together, routine 43k stuff - tires, chain & sprockets, rear pads & rotor, oil & filter - and get back in the picture game.

man, this sucks I definitely feel for you. My step dad did the same thing while pushing his HD up a ramp. Tried to save it and tore his shoulder all up and needed surgery. Hard not to try and stop it though.

Good luck with the surgery, I'm sure it will all work out and you'll be back on the bike in no time

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Hope you have a smooth surgery and quick recovery Ken.

Side note: can't you just drop the bike and let the bank angle sensor shut it off?

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Hope you have a smooth surgery and quick recovery Ken.

Side note: can't you just drop the bike and let the bank angle sensor shut it off?
Heal up fast. The tip over/bank angle sensor doesn't always work. I put my bike down in a corner at about 30 mph once and had to run up to hit the kill switch. The throttle as pinned open and tire spinning. Somewhat scary situation.

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Hope you have a smooth surgery and quick recovery Ken.

Side note: can't you just drop the bike and let the bank angle sensor shut it off?
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For some reason the motor bounced off the rev limiter 3 times before the level sensor shut it down.
the bike being in gear would surely have taken off and hit the brick wall likely taking me with it.
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Heal up fast. The tip over/bank angle sensor doesn't always work. I put my bike down in a corner at about 30 mph once and had to run up to hit the kill switch. The throttle as pinned open and tire spinning. Somewhat scary situation.
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Thanks Mike but the bike being in gear would surely have taken off and hit the brick wall likely taking me with it.
Good to know. Sorry Ken, missed that little factoid in your original post.

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hope all goes well with your surgery Ken

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I saw the surgeon on the 21st. He did not recommend surgical repair. The damage consists of a split bicep tendon, a tear in the upper capsular ligament and another one in the bottom of the inferior glenohumeral ligament. I'll spend 2 weeks working on range of motion on my own and then back for more PT. OUCH! Take care of those shoulders guys!
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Surgery would of been much worse! Glad you didn't have to have surgery.

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Looks like you got off light. Good thing because fall riding is right around the corner.

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UPDATE:

Well before I get myself arrested for assaulting my therapist, I thought it wise to go ahead and get a MRI. Results are in, I don't have a torn ligament - I have 3. I see the surgeon on the 21st.

Once again, if you find yourself in the middle of a tip over - hit the kill switch and drop the damn bike.
Tipovers suck. Getting injured trying to stop the tipover sucks more. Getting injured AND the bike still tipping over despite your best efforts suck the most.

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A speedy recovery Ken. That's why I sold my GW. Dropped a few times in deep sand in my driveway and pulled my hamstrings. Don't know why I tried to catch a 900 pound bike.

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I'm just now seeing this thread. Hate to hear about the injured shoulder. Hope you heal up fully and quickly. Keep us posted.

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Looks like you got off light. Good thing because fall riding is right around the corner.
Yeah, light enough I guess. I was planning to have another go at the BBG1500 this fall that will most certainly get pushed back to next spring. I still commute most days and have done a few 300 milers with minimal discomfort. PT (Physical Terrorism) beats PMS (Parked Motorcycle Syndrome) any day.
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Yeah, light enough I guess. I was planning to have another go at the BBG1500 this fall that will most certainly get pushed back to next spring. I still commute most days and have done a few 300 milers with minimal discomfort. PT (Physical Terrorism) beats PMS (Parked Motorcycle Syndrome) any day.
Sorry about that Ken. Posted my response before I read about your torn ligaments and bicep. That sucks and hope you have a speedy recovery.

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200 miles of moto therapy this morning - literally. Not only did it do my head a world of good to get out, the wind proved to be an excellent source of resistance against my outstretched arm with a fraction of the discomfort. I was able to reach higher than I have in weeks. More please.

Also, for the first time ever in the month of August, I wore my 3 season (winter) textile gear. It is more comfortable and less restrictive than my summer mesh suit. Low 70's in August? Go figure.
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Good news Ken on your recovery and wow, Texas August weather hasn't been this cool in years. On the road with grandkids headed to Denver tomorrow to hand back the hooligans. Can't wait to get home and back in the saddle. Was hoping to bring bike up to Colorado for some riding up in Rocky Mtn. National Park. Didn't work out this time.

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Good news Ken on your recovery and wow, Texas August weather hasn't been this cool in years. On the road with grandkids headed to Denver tomorrow to hand back the hooligans. Can't wait to get home and back in the saddle. Was hoping to bring bike up to Colorado for some riding up in Rocky Mtn. National Park. Didn't work out this time.
I hear ya. We drove to Denver last month and I too had to promise not to bring my baby. But my buddy in Denver provided his 1987 R80 for me while he gave my better half and our German Shepherd a ride to the top of Mt Evans in his Ural sidecar rig. Priceless.

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I hear ya. We drove to Denver last month and I too had to promise not to bring my baby. But my buddy in Denver provided his 1987 R80 for me while he gave my better half and our German Shepherd a ride to the top of Mt Evans in his Ural sidecar rig. Priceless.

Oh wow Ken. Super cool. How was the Beemer? Just pulled into Aurora.

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Oh wow Ken. Super cool. How was the Beemer? Just pulled into Aurora.
At first I was apprehensive that my shoulder might act up and cause me to dump my friend's vintage bike - but I held up alright. It was a thrill - like riding a piece of history. I had to quickly learn to shift more decisively and to remember to use the clutch for EVERY shift. I also had to finesse the throttle to keep her running on those switchbacks at 12,000+ feet. All of that was eclipsed by seeing my Julana and Valkyrie in the sidecar ahead of me as well as the smiles of the motorists as they passed. I was absolutely speechless.

If you spend enough time in Aurora, you might just see that bright red Ural going by.
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Great story and pics Ken. What an exciting and memorable experience. How fortunate having friends with bikes around the country to visit and ride together. Several years ago visited a buddy in Seattle who had an extra Wing as we rode together through the northern Cascades for 500 miles. Nice having friends in high places like Colorado.

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