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post #11 of 47 (permalink) Old 07-16-2015, 08:22 PM
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I'm 61 and have had 2 lumbar fusions, my neck is completely fused and my right knee was replaced. I have doctor's appt. the 22nd, with more surgery in lumbar expected. I'm going to keep riding because I love to ride. At this age, it's not what you ride, it's the ride with friends. There is pain, but's it's worth it.

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I wish you have a good medical treatment as soon as possible, take care.
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post #13 of 47 (permalink) Old 08-01-2015, 10:49 AM
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Sorry to hear that.
I'm 37 and lost my right leg 20 years ago. About 3" from the knee. Now UH200 is my daily ride. I would have gone for a 400/650 if the price is not too ridiculous in my country (>250cc cycles are considered luxury goods and have an additional 100% VAT)...

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64 here. My knees are still holding up pretty well but I have had four compression fractures of my back with surgery and think I have another now as I have pretty severe back pain. Kinda sucks getting old until you consider the alternative.


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There are some clever weight transferring knee braces

Steroid injections are miraculous as my torn shoulder will attest to... and Celebrex goes a long way as well.

Don't give up.....the effort will do your spirits a world of good.

I'm 67 still riding mild off road and loads of touring and local riding. I'm very protective of my knees - use hand rails all the time and armor on the joint plus high boots.

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post #16 of 47 (permalink) Old 09-23-2016, 01:31 AM
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Originally Posted by vintner View Post
A knee replacement will be needed soon, but I think we are trying injections first.
Got my left knee replaced - was bone on bone pain. Pain now gone. Motorcycling is as good as old times. A high school football injury - torn meniscus - they removed it those days instead of fixing it.

The knee sets off the airport detectors and I get pulled out and frisked EVERY time.
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ducati14, you're getting good at digging up these old threads. But it's a good thread, I never posted in it, I probably should have. I've got bad knees, right is worst, bone on bone, from old motorcycle racing days. i've had the shots in it several times, no knee replacement yet, I just hobble around.
You have an excellent slogan, Ride till I croak, that's a good one. I think that's what I'll tell them when they try to put me in the old folks home.
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Well as long as it has been brought up from the dead, I will add to my original thread.

Injections has been mentioned. I have recently finished my third set of three injections. This is having less effect than in the past. Maybe the problem with this set is that I walked too much during/after the time I was getting the injections: State Fair (6 miles first time and 4 miles 2nd time) plus 3 trips to the renaissance festival at 2-4 miles each time.

Tentatively figuring knee replacement in March. That should give me recovery time before riding season.
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After reading the above posts, I will never complain again. I can't believe my good luck to be able to stand upright without pain.

When that time comes, my plan is to trade my faithful Burgman in for a Spyder.
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I have heard all the success stories about knee replacements, but my replacements wasn't one of them. Both knees were replaced on the same day and weeks of rehab followed. I traded one set of problems for another. I can't stand or walk very far and my range of motion is limited to about 90 degrees. I have been very protective of my knees, but my love of riding was strong enough to take a chance on buying a 400. I rode it 2 months, sold it and purchased a 650 which I refer to as my mobility scooter.

I ride with 3 locals who have a Goldwing, Honda ST1300 and a big Harley. When we first talked on the phone and they ask what I was riding I sad a Suzuki 650. When we first met I could read their expressions after seeing it was a scooter. After a couple rides they aren't so concerned about the old man keeping up with them.

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