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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-17-2018, 05:39 PM Thread Starter
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Who else is disabled and riding a Goldwing?

My left shoulder joint has been partially replaced; the socket is OEM, but the ball part is a titanium hemisphere glued to the top of my humerus. My right shoulder has been fully rebuilt; both ball & socket have been replaced. This was due to osteo-arthritis. I am 61 years of age.

I now have fairly stable joints; they do dislocate at times, but pop right back in. I have very little strength in my right arm though and if I remove my hand from the throttle, the wind pressure is enough to prevent me from putting my hand back on the grip.

As you can imagine, this has resulted in a new style of riding and I simply cannot take any weight on my arms. It means that an upright riding position is an absolute necessity. I cannot throw bikes from side to side very quickly, as I used to, so rapid cornering no longer features in my repertoire, but you know what - I am still riding, and that is what matters to me.

Who else out there is disabled and what changes have you made to your bike and the way you ride?

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There are a lot of guys on this site who are senior to me, but I will speak for myself. I have a knee replacement and I'm 64. When I discovered the only way to relieve the pain was a knee replacement my doctor recommended I get physical therapy with the hope of making my natural knee last longer. I did it and it delayed the surgery. I took the PT seriously after the surgery. That was about 5 years ago. I still go the gym twice a week. My normal work out includes 20-25 minutes of cardio, weight lifting (30 bench press lifts with 100#) for upper and lower body strength and I do about 60 sit ups. Most people are surprised when they find out my age. I could not imagine going into the golden years without doing something about keeping my strength. I can feel the decline if a slack for a couple of weeks and I can tell if I stop working out will be my last year riding large bikes. If you have health care insurance go to your doctor and get on the PT. It will make a difference.

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My left shoulder joint has been partially replaced; the socket is OEM, but the ball part is a titanium hemisphere glued to the top of my humerus. My right shoulder has been fully rebuilt; both ball & socket have been replaced. This was due to osteo-arthritis. I am 61 years of age.

I now have fairly stable joints; they do dislocate at times, but pop right back in. I have very little strength in my right arm though and if I remove my hand from the throttle, the wind pressure is enough to prevent me from putting my hand back on the grip.

As you can imagine, this has resulted in a new style of riding and I simply cannot take any weight on my arms. It means that an upright riding position is an absolute necessity. I cannot throw bikes from side to side very quickly, as I used to, so rapid cornering no longer features in my repertoire, but you know what - I am still riding, and that is what matters to me.

Who else out there is disabled and what changes have you made to your bike and the way you ride?
you should not be on a motorcycle.

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Should I be on a motorcycle?

I have ridden a motorcycle with my disability for a number of years without any control issues. I do suffer increased pain, but I think that is a fair price to pay for the actual enjoyment I get from riding. As long as I can ride without compromising my own safety, and that of others, I will continue to do so.

As for a trike, it is something I considered but when riding a bike the actual steering inputs are very small indeed once above 10-15mph, and I cope well with what is required. A trike needs much more in the way of actual steering inputs, as opposed to countersteering inputs, so I seriously wonder whether I'd cope with it. For other reasons, I wouldn't want to go down the trike route - expense being one of the main ones.

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siouxindian, so this guy shouldn't be on a bike?

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A trike requires more arm strength than a bike. A trike would not be the best choice in this case.

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There are a lot of guys on this site who are senior to me, but I will speak for myself. I have a knee replacement and I'm 64. When I discovered the only way to relieve the pain was a knee replacement my doctor recommended I get physical therapy with the hope of making my natural knee last longer. I did it and it delayed the surgery. I took the PT seriously after the surgery. That was about 5 years ago. I still go the gym twice a week. My normal work out includes 20-25 minutes of cardio, weight lifting (30 bench press lifts with 100#) for upper and lower body strength and I do about 60 sit ups. Most people are surprised when they find out my age. I could not imagine going into the golden years without doing something about keeping my strength. I can feel the decline if a slack for a couple of weeks and I can tell if I stop working out will be my last year riding large bikes. If you have health care insurance go to your doctor and get on the PT. It will make a difference.
You sir are my hero. i do more than that in the gym at age 54, 2-3 hours of cardio and 3 days of lifting weights per week but the only way I'm doing 60 sit ups is over 10 minutes or so

I have tendentious in my elbow that has been getting worse and kept me off the weights for almost 2 months now. No loss of strength but when its unsupported it aches and gives me sharp pain doing certain motions. The 20 minute ride to work is enough to create wincing pain. Starting PT on Monday to get rid of this crap. I need to be riding and going to the gym at 64 and 74 so gotta nip this crap in the bud.

to the OP. i have to assume you have been prescribed PT and maybe you are at your limit for strength. Replacement joints are also tough but moderate physical activity is always a good thing. Stay safe and keep on riding just don't use the cruise so if your hand comes off the throttle your are guaranteed to slow down

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A trike requires more arm strength than a bike. A trike would not be the best choice in this case.
Thanks for confirming my suspicions, Doug.

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to the OP. i have to assume you have been prescribed PT and maybe you are at your limit for strength. Replacement joints are also tough but moderate physical activity is always a good thing. Stay safe and keep on riding just don't use the cruise so if your hand comes off the throttle your are guaranteed to slow down
Yes, had lots of PT, and I am at the 'as good as it gets' stage. The left shoulder is really good: that was replaced in 2002 and I was told it would last 5-10 years, but it's still doing well. I have good range of movement and strength in it, but the right one is not so good. I have really good grip strength, so actually holding on to the 'bars is fine, and I have learned to predominantly use my left arm for steering inputs.

My hip joints are also a little wrecked, but after the lessons learned with my right shoulder I shall delay replacement for as long as possible. I am grateful that I can still ride, and that makes me a lot more fortunate than some people.
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