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post #1 of 9 Old 11-06-2011, 06:52 PM Thread Starter
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Just back from NC with a sore neck

I finally got to North Carolina this year. Rode up through Murphy two weeks ago, and on over 209 to Hot Springs, home of the other Iron Horse...a remodeled old hotel that caters to riders. It was my first time in real twisties since I had a second fusion of my neck vertebra two years ago, and I discovered that I can't get my head up and back far enough to handle climbing switchbacks properly.

After the first night at Hot Springs I took a nice cruise down to Asheville, planning to pick up the Blue Ridge and cruise down to Cherokee, and then to Deal's Gap. I got turned around by a roadblock where the Parkway goes through Asheville, so I headed for 19 west, but had to fight through a huge traffic jam. I discovered the next day that Obama had been in Asheville, snarling traffic everywhere. By the time I got to Deal's Gap I was so tired I holed up there in one of the very good and cheap rooms they have. Both Hot Springs and Deal's Gap are dry counties, and there was no cellphone service in either place, so I was glad to head back over the Cheraholah toward civilization the next day. I didn't even bother with the Dragon...I've done it before anyway and my neck didn't feel up to it.

At Tellico Plains, TN, I picked up 68 which is a very nice cruise, down to 64 through Murphy, and 60 south into Georgia. I originally planned to do the north Georgia mountains for a day and go home through Dahlonega, but I was hurting too bad by that time.

I'm going to make a few mods to the bike, hoping to change my position a little. When I do the Coast2Coast, I'm going to decide whether to head back to NC after overnighting at Daytona. I'll just have to see. If anyone wants to head up there that day, let me know.

If I can't get the problem solved, my riding days may be over. I'm not interested in leisurely cruises alone. If I can't do the real twisties, it isn't worth it anymore. I may have a very-well farkled 09 ABS Wee and lots of motorcycle gear for sale soon.
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I can feel your pain. Sometime in the future O am facing surgery on my back at L4 L5 area. Pain down my leg and lower back. So far no issues with the upper spinal area.
Hang in there, nit saying it will get better, but do you want to give up riding altogether?

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I can feel your pain. Sometime in the future O am facing surgery on my back at L4 L5 area. Pain down my leg and lower back. So far no issues with the upper spinal area.
Hang in there, nit saying it will get better, but do you want to give up riding altogether?
I suspect you'll be OK with the L4-L5 surgery. I'm sure you know about epidurals. I have stenosis at L4-L5 and had considerable pain, but it didn't bother me when riding. A second series of epidurals seems to be working fine and I can walk without pain now. I had C2-3-4 fused 15 years ago and rode with no problems, though I had to find some good mirrors to make up for a little limited head motion. Two years ago I had C5 fused on top of the others, and that cut off just enough motion to interfere in the climbing switchbacks. I didn't discover the problem until this last trip. No, I don't want to quit riding, but I will if I can't do serious twisties anymore.
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Morrie,

Rox Risers eliminated the back/neck/shoulder issues I had.
Sorry I missed you. I could have offered you a dozen workarounds.

I'm typing this from Ybor City, I can almost smell the cigars and pancake makeup from here.

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Morrie,

Rox Risers eliminated the back/neck/shoulder issues I had.
Sorry I missed you. I could have offered you a dozen workarounds.

I'm typing this from Ybor City, I can almost smell the cigars and pancake makeup from here.

Cheers,

Norm
Watcha doin in Ybor City, Norm? Sweating out the last three days before

YBOR CITY THUNDER BIKE FEST 2011

Friday Saturday Sunday Sunday Sunday!!! Yyyyyybor City THUNDER BIKE FEST 2011. 10,000 Harley riders dressed exactly alike expressing their lone-wolf individuality while performing crowd-wowing burnouts and single handed riding feats of skills.

Special Note: Indian Larry will NOT attend YBOR CITY THUNDER BIKE FEST 2011

Go hakafugu yourself.
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Watcha doin in Ybor City, Norm? Sweating out the last three days before

YBOR CITY THUNDER BIKE FEST 2011

Friday Saturday Sunday Sunday Sunday!!! Yyyyyybor City THUNDER BIKE FEST 2011. 10,000 Harley riders dressed exactly alike expressing their lone-wolf individuality while performing crowd-wowing burnouts and single handed riding feats of skills.

Special Note: Indian Larry will NOT attend YBOR CITY THUNDER BIKE FEST 2011
I am checking out of my hotel on Saturday morning. (My stay has been extended three times). Sunday is my wedding anniversary, I need to be home in time to make my dinner reservations. I could stay for the rally, but I'd be up all night carousing with the local tattoonery and post-prime, droopy fun-bagged, semi-retired exotic dancers and would not be able to get the early fresh start that would become even more absolutely essentialer on Sunday Morning.


After two weeks in Ybor, I can guarantee you that I've seen more than my share of scowling duck paddlers. You should see some of these guys making 8 point turns to park in front of the Green Iguana.

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Morrie,

Rox Risers eliminated the back/neck/shoulder issues I had.
Sorry I missed you. I could have offered you a dozen workarounds.

I'm typing this from Ybor City, I can almost smell the cigars and pancake makeup from here.

Cheers,

Norm
I think the risers i have now are Rox, but I need more. Either another set of risers on top of the first, or different bars. It not only hurt to try to stretch around, but I had a hard time getting a proper line through the really steep switchbacks.

I'm also considering a Bergman. I sat one in the shop and found that I can slide my lower body around a lot more than on a bike. It'll sure be a strange feeling for a while if I go that way.
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After two weeks in Ybor, I can guarantee you that I've seen more than my share of scowling duck paddlers. You should see some of these guys making 8 point turns to park in front of the Green Iguana.
Every now and then, when I get that feeling, I browse on over to YouTube and pull up "An Average Harley Rider at Deal's Gap." Three or four replays later, I'm ok again.

Go hakafugu yourself.
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Every now and then, when I get that feeling, I browse on over to YouTube and pull up "An Average Harley Rider at Deal's Gap." Three or four replays later, I'm ok again.
That just scares me because I know that on a bright, sunny day during poker run season, I'll be sharing the road with some of these guys.

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