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Old 04-03-2020, 07:49 PM
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Back after long absence.

Hey guys, It has been almost two years sense I've been on here. A lot has happened in that time.

I had to stop riding in May of 2018 because I could no longer hold the bike up from pain in my right hip. Most of the time I could handle it but if there was a sudden jolt it often left me in tears! Went to see an orthopedist. He told me I had bad arthritis in that hip. He said my options were to put up with the pain or have surgery to replace it. I oped to put up with the pain for the time being... until about a month later when I tripped, stumbled and caught my self with my right leg. I yelled a few choice words. Once the crying stopped from the women and children (OK, i confess I was the one crying) I picked my self up off the ground and called the doctor about having surgery. Once I made the decision things moved fast. I got into see the surgeon in a week but said in the consultation that it would be a month before he could operate on me. I was OK with the wait so that I could get used to the idea. The next day they called and said they had a cancellation and asked if I wanted to fill the slot... for some reason I said yes. That was on Thursday on the following Tuesday I was in surgery The surgery went pretty well for the most part. During the surgery I actually woke up. Luckily the the epidural was still working. I hear someone pounding with a hammer and it took me a minute to realize what was happening. The anesthesiologist asked me if I wanted to be put back under, I just said as long as I don't feel pain I'm OK. I didn't need to be put back under, the surgeon finished pretty quickly after that. Once I got back to my room I was told that as soon as I could walk down the hall and up two stairs the back to my room I could go home but most people stay over night and some stay two nights. My surgery was at 9:00 am and I walked out of the hospital at 4:30 pm...I hate hospitals. Two days later I was back at work.

My recovery went well I was off crutches after a week to just useing a cane. It took about 4 months to be able to walk with no pain. Things were going well for me and my family. had a good thanksgiving and Christmas... then the new year hit. Jan 15th 2019 about 12:05 am as I was getting ready for bed my chest started to tighten up. I felt like I just did 20 reps of 200 pound bench presses. (I've only done that once in my youth) It didn't take but a few seconds to realize what was happening. I woke my wife up. Told her not to be alarmed but I thought I was having a heart attack. To her credit she stayed very calm. I told her to take me to the hospital. I put my PJ's on then laid on the bed and said forget taking me and to cal the peripatetics. She dialed 911 she told them what was happening and by the time she gave them our information the first paramedic was at our door. They had me walk down my stairs and out to the ambulance. They tried three times on the trip to the hospital to put the IV in with no luck. It was a bumpy rood. I was into surgery by 3:00 am getting three stints in. I had what they refer to as the widow-maker. The following Monday I go back to work. I think I rode the bike once last year.

My health is good now (exercising and eating better) and it is finally getting nice out so I pulled the bike out checked the battery It was fully charged even after sitting for so long. I would crank but would not fire. Sprayed some staring fluid in it and she started right up. after a minute or two on full choke she was able to idle with out the choke. She is stumbling off the start so I need to pull the carbs and clean them.

Looking forward to riding again this year.
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Old 04-03-2020, 08:34 PM
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Talking glad it all worked out

Congrats,,,pretty soon you will be Bionic Ty,,,,,glad the medical world is great today . Nothing like pain to promote some surgery........hope you can get back in the saddle again, maybe make sure the muscles are toned up enough as these xs11's are pretty burly to move around. Good to hear you are moving well,,,,Mike in Sun Diego
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Old 04-03-2020, 09:34 PM
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tcoop- Glad you're doing better. Life is a bit unpredictable to understate it. +1 on Mike's advice, get the old body in a strong position, these thing are a little on the heavy side, of course once they're moving, they're a dream to ride.
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Old 04-03-2020, 11:10 PM
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Old 04-04-2020, 04:38 AM
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Welcome back Ty! So happy you are not in pain with your hip and you are alive to build your health back with the new healthy eating and routine. Great to hear you are going to be riding again, I have enjoyed the time riding with you for the rallies.

You always have a place by the campfire here on this forum!

For something to do this summer, check out the Southwest rally section, Colorado rally again in July.

Take care and it's really good to hear from you again!
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Old 04-04-2020, 08:21 AM
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Great that you are back, and on the bike!

Maybe just put some seafoam in the gas and get it in the carbs, run a few tankfulls through. You might find it starts to run just fine.

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Old 04-04-2020, 11:40 AM
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Great that you are back, and on the bike!

Maybe just put some seafoam in the gas and get it in the carbs, run a few tankfulls through. You might find it starts to run just fine.

Brian
I would second putting some additive in the fuel. Berryman's B12, Techron, Seafoam they all do good work.

Take it for a good ride run it up the RPM scale and roll out, repeat. Let it sit with the stuff in the tank as you continue to ride it.

Otherwise you get to clean the carbs!
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Old 04-04-2020, 11:30 PM
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Ty, your situation I consider very fortunate. Take it easy and do the rehab as directed, especially where the heart is concerned with stints installed in arteries. Also stay with the medications perscribed pertaining to those stints...very important as I'm sure you know! No hurry gettin' back on those two wheels riding
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Old 04-07-2020, 03:36 PM
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Great that you are back, and on the bike!

Maybe just put some seafoam in the gas and get it in the carbs, run a few tankfulls through. You might find it starts to run just fine.

Brian
Sounds like you should have been drinking Seafoam!!!
Glad you up and at it again.
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Old 04-09-2020, 06:36 PM
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Right on, glad you're up and about and your bike started!

Therapy can be very therapeutic and all that but sometimes you need to get some fresh bugs in your teeth.
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