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Post by roadwanderer2 » Mon Sep 02, 2019 9:06 pm



It is with a heavy heart :( :( :( to know that I have to stop riding my bike. Age as caught up with me and it's not good. My doctors are telling me for my own safety to stop riding motorcycles. It seems that within the last 6 months I have developed a couple of major health issues. First issue is a heart condition for which I am going into the hospital on the 5th and 6th of this month to have a Nuclear Stress Test due to constant "Afib" trouble which might wind up with me having a stent or 2 put in, or possibly a pacemaker. I already had a "heart cath" 2 weeks ago in where they found I have 2 problems, 1- I have 2-40% blockages, 2- 2 legions also at 40%, but the worst is I have osteoarthritis in BOTH hands and wrists, and because of that, I no longer have the strength in my hands to twist the throttle, grab the front brake lever or the clutch lever. I am wearing wrist braces on both hands and on meds to manage the pain. My right wrist is very swollen much worse than my left wrist and quite painful.

I am now afraid to ride my motorcycle because if I get into a situation that I have to quickly grab the front brake and clutch levers, to stop the bike, I won't be able to do it, and if I have to twist the throttle to power out of a situation I can't do that either, also if I have to lean the bike down on either side I might not have the strength in my hands and wrists to pull it back upright again.

So, it's time to sell the bike and stay in a cage.

If anyone wants to buy a decent 86 GL1200 Aspencade SEi at a good price, please contact me either thru here or my email address......stuartb306@gmail.com I'm in Tucson Arizona. .
There is a title loan on it which I will be happy to pay off to get the title back. I'm asking $2,300.00

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Post by 2003Cobra » Tue Sep 03, 2019 10:45 am

Sorry to hear about all the health issues. I went through some health issues earlier this year and was fortunate that mine turned out to be a reaction to a med. I did have to go through a Nuclear Stress Test and that was not bad. I sure hope all goes well for you and they are able to get all the issues under control. Best wishes!
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Post by roadwanderer2 » Tue Sep 03, 2019 10:57 am

Thank you Cobra. I had a Nuke Stress Test done about 15 years ago and it showed nothing wrong at that time, but I guess with age and my biological medical background this was inevitable.

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Post by WingAdmin » Tue Sep 03, 2019 11:04 am

Really sorry to hear this, Stuart. Hopefully you'll find a fun little four-wheeler that can help keep the fun of the open road in your life.

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Post by roadwanderer2 » Tue Sep 03, 2019 2:13 pm

Hi WingAdmin. Thank you for your thoughts. I have also paid off and sold my p/u truck so I wouldn't be "tempted" to go out picking up scrap metal to further injure or put a strain on my heart and bought me a nice '99 Lincoln Continental. I figure what the hell, if I fall off of that im really in deep s**t lol. below is a pic of my new ride.

Even though i'm giving up my bike, I won't give up this wonderful website with all you great people and the knowledge that I gained from everyone, and if I can still answer questions about an older GL1100 or a GL1200 I'll be sure to post answers.

I hope everyone has a safe and great rest of riding season this year.

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Post by jcn59 » Tue Sep 03, 2019 2:34 pm

Aging is a tough adjustment. I doubt anyone ever gets good at it. I got a couple stents when I had my HA. One was outpatient so it was no big deal for me. Not to worry. Oh, and my Lincoln Continental was a '98. Loved that car. Drove it to my son's funeral in Wyoming in 2012.

As for you, YOU ARE A SURVIVOR! Don't fret.

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Post by roadwanderer2 » Tue Sep 03, 2019 2:48 pm

Hi jcn. Sorry to hear about the loss of your son. You have my sympathies and condolences. Yeah, its a b***h getting older, but im not ready for the "alternative" just yet lol. The only thing I regret is having to give up my bike. I'm not sure what's gonna happen until after my stress tests, but i'll keep y'all posted.

I've always driven Lincolns and Cadillacs since as far back as I can remember, but I prefer the ride of a Lincoln. My last Lincoln was a 3 window long stretch which I turned into my personal "party boat" and I promised myself that if I were to get another "new-to-me" car it WOULD be another Lincoln. Hopefully this will be the last vehicle I purchase during the last of my lifetime.

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Post by Solina Dave » Tue Sep 03, 2019 10:26 pm

Sorry to hear about your problems Stuart. Getting old sucks!! Believe me I can relate, and I don't see myself riding too much longer.
I think you're making the right decision. Maybe a nice sports car convertible, and some winding country roads would fill the gap. Being down in Arizona, you could have ridden year round. Me, I'm up here in the tundra. But I still take nice day trips, in my car, all through the cold months. I find that generally speaking, the big difference is only 2 wheels. It's still a trip!
I really enjoyed hearing some of your stories through the years. And I hope that you'll keep in touch now and then to let us know how you're making out.

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Post by roadwanderer2 » Tue Sep 03, 2019 11:09 pm

Hi SolinaDave. It's good hearing from you as well. Yeah, getting old-er lol does suck, but I didn't think I'd be having all this trouble when i'm only 65,( birthday was this past June), but I guess I expected it to happen givin my biological family's medical history. I should have known I wouldn't get away that easily. Cancer, heart disease and arthritis was common in my medical background. Unfortunately im the last one left from my family, but, life goes on I suppose.

I did have some stories and problems with my bikes over the years, but all the folks in here were extremely helpful, and thanks to a lot of them, most of my bike troubles were fixed with some problem solving and wrench times. Not to worry, i'll still be coming in here to catch up on the latest "gossip" and news.

If theres anything that I find along the way in here that I can still be of help with, trust me, i'll chime in lol.

this past March, I did buy a nice "sports car". It's a 1999 Hot Rod Lincoln Continental with a 4.6ltr Ford racing engine and man is this thing FAST. It'll do 135 out on the interstate :mrgreen:. Below is a photo of it.

Thanks for your well wishes Dave.

Regards,

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Post by C-dub » Tue Sep 03, 2019 11:10 pm

Age get's us all at some point. If you haven't already, I hope you can find something else to do that gives you joy.
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Post by roadwanderer2 » Wed Sep 04, 2019 11:27 am

Hi c-dub. I'm sure i'll find something to "keep me busy" lol now that im in my "golden years" :D

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Post by jcn59 » Wed Sep 04, 2019 1:23 pm

I was 59 when I had my measley HA. The stents ended a different problem I had the previous 20 years. I remember the stress test. I was on a treadmill thingy the experts set to about 900 feet per second, then increased it until I couldn't keep up. They didn't tell me I could "tap out". It was the most vigorous exercise I ever did. I would NEVER put out that much sweat on my own time. I got a Labrador a couple years later and second to hitchen' up with my bride, best decision ever. The dog & I survey the huntin' country in the jeep weekly. Grouse season opens in 10 days. I think the secret, for me, is to see my life in terms of possibilities rather than restrictions.

I still ride but I'm no good at it. I dumped my GW first day I rode it. I was stopped, but I had an audience. It added to the embarrassment! I learned (from that experience) to not come to a stop if there were other people around. So far, so good.

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Post by roadwanderer2 » Wed Sep 04, 2019 9:03 pm

Hi jcn. Well, I never had the "experience" of dropping any of my bikes even when I had to stop short because a lady in a cage, not paying attention pulled out in front of me at a driveway. I was on my '81 GL500 silverwing interstate and even with that bike it was almost to the point where I was leaning down because I had to turn the steering to the right so I wouldn't hit the right front fender of her car and even with the smaller bike, (around 500lbs), it was still hard to pull the bike upright. So now, instead of having to deal with that ever happening again, or anything else, I'd rather be safe than sorry.

I can't do the treadmill thing because of my heart problem and knee surgery, so my options are limited. My heart dr will be at this testing to make sure I don't go into cardiac arrest.

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Post by roadwanderer2 » Thu Sep 05, 2019 5:44 pm

Well, I went for my Nuke stress test and it was postponed. When I got there and was sitting in the chair waiting for the injection my heart went out of control and my pulse shot up to 175 bpm. Next thing I knew I was in the emergency room on a stretcher with IVs, heart monitor and surrounded by nurses and doctors. after about an hour the nurse came in and gave me an injection of Cardizem and a Motropolal pill to get my heart rate lower which took about 2 hours to take effect. When i went in My blood pressure was 157/92, and my pulse was up at 175. By the time I left the hospital my blood pressure was 65/50 and my pulse was at 43 which is low, but better than what it was in the beginning. So now I have to wait to hear from my heart doctor to find out what's gonna happen next.

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Post by nwkwinger » Thu Sep 05, 2019 8:03 pm

I hate to hear that you're giving up your bike. Unfortunately, it sounds like it's the best thing to do. Just stay positive as much as you can, and enjoy all of the experiences that you can.

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Post by detdrbuzzard » Thu Sep 05, 2019 8:17 pm

sorry you have to get out of motorcycling but glad you are not pushing it by continuing to ride, good luck in your next adventure and I hope your health improves too
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Post by jcn59 » Thu Sep 05, 2019 8:47 pm

That certainly was an unpleasant happening. I guess life is a crooked road after all. Whatever you are doing is keeping you on the right side of the grass. The fat lady hasn't sung yet.

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Post by roadwanderer2 » Thu Sep 05, 2019 9:30 pm

Jcn, yeah, it was a nasty turn of events, but thanks to good nurses and doctors im still above ground lol.....deterbuzzard, better safe than sorry.......nwkwinger, it's one of the hardest decisions I had to make, but I had a good run with all my bikes since 1982 when I got my first brand new bike, but like some of the guys are saying, time to turn the page on another chapter in my life and find something else to do. Not to worry, i'll find something to occupy the void. Maybe i'll just start dumping money into my Lincoln instead of my motorcycle LOL.



Jcn, my bad, I just remembered something, I DID drop my 1st motorcycle 6 months after I had it on a rain slick interstate roadway exit. I was going 40mph leaning into the turn and water was going across the road and I couldn't slow down or straighten up in time and hydroplaned across it and went down in the middle of the road. And trust me, even 4 layers thick WITH a full rain suit on I STILL got road rash. Thankfully at the dealers suggestion, I bought an engine crash bar and that saved most of my bike from getting any damage. Only damage was the 2 right side signal lenses and the right mirror, and flattened the crash bar about an inch. Hurt like a s. o. b. too lol.

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Post by 2003Cobra » Fri Sep 06, 2019 7:54 am

Sorry to hear about the latest turn of events. It was a good thing you were already there at the hospital so they could take care of you. I'm surprised they didn't admit you for observation. As I mentioned before that earlier this year I had a medical issue, my BP was out of control even though I was on a BP med. My Doctor put me on a second BP Med and the side effects were pretty bad and one of them was chest pain so when I said something about chest pain off to the ER I was sent and I ended up spending the night and most of the next day in the hospital. That is when they did the Nuke stress test and echo cardio. Finally got the Attending Doctor to listen and he changed my BP med and I've been doing fine ever since. This is why I'm surprised they didn't admit you.

I do hope things go better for you and they are able to fix you up.
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Post by roadwanderer2 » Fri Sep 06, 2019 10:03 am

Hi Cobra. Well, they sent me home with a New....stronger version of my regular heat medication which is now the strongest strength I can use. Since i've been taking it for so many years its seems that i've built up a resistance to it and thats why im having trouble keeping it under control. I've gone from 140 mgs all the way up to 420 mgs and there is no stronger than that. Now they are talking about surgery which entails them to go into my chest and build a fence or a bridge to bypass the vessel that sends the electrical impulse to my heart and block it off and go around it. Not sure about how exactly its gonna be done, but thats what my heart dr is talking about.

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Post by grand rouge » Fri Sep 06, 2019 10:41 am

Stuart, greetings from Sacramento. For sure, you are at that cross road re riding or not. Glad, as others have said, that you are still on the right side of the grass.

Lincolns..... Have had 3 in my life...all purchased new. First was an 87 Town Car. Still in family with over 400,000 miles. Lovingly cared for still. Second was an 88 Mark VII. Sold it two years ago with 385,000 miles.
Third 08 Town Car. 10 foot stretch. In the family business still.

If you have not visited or are looking for a wonderful Lincoln community go to www.lincolnsonline.com I think you will enjoy and others too will benefit from your knowledge and enthusiasm.

On this wonderful Gold Wing site, have only recently enjoyed some of your posts. And always here there is...well....this is an awesome Gold Wing family. And with family, we never leave. And as riders, we ride in our dreams too. All good.

Stuart, keep fighting and doing. Live long, roadwanderer2

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Post by roadwanderer2 » Fri Sep 06, 2019 2:35 pm

Hello Grand Rouge, and greetings from Tucson Arizona. No, my riding motorcycle days are officially over. As much as I love them, I can't take the risk of getting into a situation that I might not be able to get out of. I went down on one bike and although I survived, i'm not going to tempt fate again. As for Lincoln's go, I've owned just about every year and almost every model from a '63 4dr convertible to a '79 3 window long stretch and a few from the 80's and 90's including my current '99 Continental. I've drivin Lincolns and Caddys most of my driving life and I prefer the ride and comfort of a Lincoln.

Thank you for giving me the link to the Lincoln club, I'll definitely check that out. If I happen to travel to Cali from here, (since i've never been there and its now closer to me), I might stop in Sacramento. Who knows, we might meet up somewhere around the area.

If you see this vehicle and it has a Veteran Handicap tag from Arizona on the back, it might be me lol.

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