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post #1 of 27 Old 05-21-2016, 10:17 PM Thread Starter
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Hey guys!
No, I'm not retiring from the workforce yet, I wish! Lol. I did sell my KLR a week ago though, so that brings my total of bikes to zero. The KLR is a fantastic bike and the old girl never let me down, but some joint issues were taking all the fun out of riding and I never seemed to get out anymore. So, I figured best let somebody else enjoy the KLR.

I've dropped off the moderation team since I no longer have a KLR or any other bike for that matter, lol. Well, I still have my old CT70 that is more of a never finished project, but that's more for sentimental reasons. Gotta say, I've had a bike insured and registered for my whole adult life and not having one now just seems weird!

So, not sure how much I'll be on. Just wanted to say that I hope everyone has a great summer and rides safe .

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post #2 of 27 Old 05-22-2016, 01:36 AM
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All the best for the future Stew.
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Stew. I wish you all the best. It's been great knowing you on the forum. Thanks for your input and service. Maybe someday we will actually meet. 20 minutes apart and yet to meet.

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post #4 of 27 Old 05-25-2016, 10:56 AM
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I could hardly walk at times. Tried a bunch of different pills with no real help. Then doc gave me (Diclofenac Sod ec 75 mg) twice a day. Almost cured me. Pain down to 20 percent of what it was. Might ask your doc. I've fought it almost ten years. This is the best I've felt in years. I'd call it a magic pill.

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post #5 of 27 Old 05-25-2016, 03:57 PM
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I wish you the very best and a long, long future. Maybe that way you can find another way to get back on bikes. A good friend of mine has severe knee issues, but is so stubborn that he refused to quit. His solution: sidecars! Now he has about 6 bikes with sidecars and he rides daily.

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post #6 of 27 Old 05-25-2016, 05:55 PM
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Hey brother. I know this is not a decision you made lightly. I respect your decision immensely. It's hard to stop doing something that you identify with so strongly. Good on ya.

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post #7 of 27 Old 06-17-2016, 08:07 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the well wishes guys, much appreciated .

I'm not crippled up by any means, just riding the KLR was becoming uncomfortable so not as much fun as it used to be.

That being said, I miss it like hell and wish I hadn't sold it now. Lol, even a little riding is better than no riding . I'm still gonna hang around here because I like the camaraderie and the bike. Y'all rock!

Ah well, live and learn! Keep it shiny side up guys!


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post #8 of 27 Old 06-17-2016, 10:53 PM
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It seems that as life changes even if we end up with a different bike or no bike at all we will always be KLR riders under the skin. You and Dualthing are examples of that and will always be welcome here wether you own a KLR or not.
If you ever get the hankering to go for a ride, I have a spare bike or two!
Best Regards....just jeff
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post #9 of 27 Old 06-17-2016, 11:02 PM
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You are a class act!

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post #10 of 27 Old 06-18-2016, 10:48 AM
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You'll just have to get that CT70 running so you can ride something when you get the urge.

Best of luck to you giving up the sport. I know it wasn't an easy decision, but it it's not working out then you gotta let it go.

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