When will I quit riding??

Discussion in 'General Harley Davidson Topic' started by kerry, Feb 16, 2010.

  1. kerry

    kerry Member

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    I wanted to see if anyone can relate to this----I started riding in '73, and for the last few years my back pain from a old injury started to kill me when I rode. So---I tried different bikes, different positions, short trips only----everything. Well, after deciding to stop riding a couple of times, I still can't do it. Nothing else gives me the "live in the moment--challenge--speed trip"
    that biking does. I'm starting to think that maybe riding with pain is better than nothing.-------kerry
     
  2. 01dynaglide

    01dynaglide Junior Member

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    I second that! Ride until you can hold it up any more, then get a trike!
     
  3. HDDon

    HDDon Experienced Member Contributor Retired Moderators

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    You didn't say if the pain is present when your not riding. Have you consulted with your doctor to see if anything can be done to lessen the pain and won't cause you to be drowsey or knock you out completley. Are you doing further damage to the injury by riding? My wife rides a trike with a seating position that is like sitting in a lounge chair, leaned back with full back support. I would hate to give up riding and I think I would be doing everything I could to keep me in the wind. Good luck to you.
     
  4. LarryC08

    LarryC08 Active Member

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    Yes Aspirin does dull the pain. The ride is worth it. We just don't ride as far and as hard as we once used to. Trike sounds like an awesome idea!!

    Take care and ride safe eh!!:D
     
  5. charleyhorse

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    I know where you are coming from Kerry. I have the same problem. I weigh 150lbs and I take 4 tylenol ever 3hrs while riding and stop ever 60 miles. That seems to help some but if you ride in groupes you may get left behind, but most of the time riders I ride with understand. I plan on riding as long as I can stand it. And then we will see what is next.
     
  6. cedarbrook63

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    Welcome to the forum Kerry - it's the best you'll find for HD bikes and riding.

    As to your back problem: the first question is have you had it checked out medically recently? There may be therapies which will help you from exercise programmes to physiotherapy or spinal manipulation. Clearly, the best management for any pathological condition is to identify what the problem is and to treat the cause rather than just dull the symptoms with meds. Having said that - some back conditions are chronic and long term and are not readily eliminated. Aspirin regularly taken can lead to gastric bleeding and there are better alternatives available for joint related problems (such as back pain) which ease the pain and also reduce inflammation. Some examples of these Non steroidal anti inflammatory analgesics (NSAIDs) are Ibuprofen and Diclofenac (available under lots of proprietory titles). They can cause some stomach upset with regular useage, though not in the league of aspirin and some individuals with asthma can experience problems with them.

    We can all relate to not wanting or being able to quit your motorbike. That has to be a last resort. Get it checked out if you haven't already. If you are not excluded from taking a NSAID try them instead of Aspirin.

    I hope you enjoy your time here and learn lots and share your experiences.
     
  7. kerry

    kerry Member

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    Thanks guys, I appriciate it. I couldn't agree more with ya Richard-----
    dead does last a long time, especially if you believe you live once like I do.
    Yeah---it hurts all the time--pills don't do much, not a fan of them anyway.
    I'm a slime guy like you Charlie and I'm down to doing the kind of riding you are, probibly less------but I'm starting to agree with ya, things have to get pretty bad to give it up.----kerry
     
  8. KingHeritage

    KingHeritage Junior Member

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    I've decided(whether it's true or not)that riding makes my back feel better.I'ts called the power of positive thinking!
     
  9. gasbag

    gasbag Active Member

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    Yes, I can.

    I am at the age where my doctor tells my age by counting the rings in my leg.
    I have arthritis and a back problem that can cause pain or numbness in my right leg and arm depending on what kind of a mood my back is in that day. I need a cane to walk.

    When I ride I may do only 50 to 100 miles but it is something I will not give up until I can't throw my fat old leg over the saddle. Riding my bike is one of the few pleasures where I can forget the world and just enjoy myself. No one but another biker would understand that.

    If I am riding that day I take aspirin or Ibuprofen, nothing stronger, and then head out. After a few miles of riding I am in my own little world again and having a great time.

    If it gets bad enough I may investigate buying a trike although I think that might take the fun out of the corners.

    Have a good day and ride safe.
     
  10. cedarbrook63

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    Hey Richard - please don't beat yourself up! I thought Kerry had posted about taking aspirin not you :D. That's what happens while trying to type in the same room as my boys watching an old movie starring the current Governor of California :lolrolling.