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Severe injury leaves me disabled, never to ride again, and now must sell my Triumph.

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I need some help from everyone. I just had a severe injury to my arm playing football (just for fun sadly) and am now disabled. My bones ulnar and radial bones are being fused at the head and they are sawing my ulnar bone in half and taking a piece out and putting a plate in with screws. All of this for having a sunday at the park playing some ball. SADLY, I will never be able to ride again according to my hand surgeon.

This leaves me to having to sell my bike on top of losing my career as a correctional officer. I had finished over 40 college hours towards my degree in law enforcement...I was going to be a cop and then a detective after 5 years on working the beat. They told me I will never be able to do any work even close to that and that I will have to change my career. So, I am starting completely over now career wise. And now I am having to give up my other dream and hobby of riding. I need to sell my bike ASAP to pay for my surgery. With my insurance I have to pay over $7000 for the surgery and physical therapy. I have no idea what perscriptions will cost, so those aren't even included with that estimate.

I have a 2006 Triumph Speedmaster 865CC with only 3,100 miles on her. One owner, garage kept since day one, and has a clear title. I have put almost $3000 dollars extra into her. She has been garage kept since the first day when I purchased her brand new in June 2006.

Extra Accessories Purchased New:
Professional Installed Exhaust-Sounds sweet!
Saddle bag mounts
Saddle Bags
Luggage Rack
Sissy Bar
Heavy Duty Tool Bag
Pannier Kit
Windshield Mounts
Custom Handle Bars
Custom Grips
Highway/Crash/Engine Guards(new still in box)
Tank Protector
Triumph Emblem customized on the tank
Black Air Injection Removal Kit
Clutch Lifter Dressup Kit CHROME UNION JACK
RIVCO America/Speedmaster Front Turn Signal Relocators
and a few more items as well

Replace Main Jets (R&R Carbeurators)
Oiled K&N Air Filters
Synchronised Carbs
Custom made air screws for easy synchronising
Has Phreak

As you can see, I love this bike. As much time and money as I put into her to make her unique, take off faster than a harley, even more beautiful than the day I bought her, and to have the ride and sound from her pipes fill my every dream. But I can't keep her anymore since my riding days are gone and she is going to pay to partially fix my arm. I need to sell her ASAP as my surgery is in 3 weeks. Please email for pics and more info. I have all the paperwork...title, receipts, etc. I am asking $8000OBO as I have so much put into her. However, I will entertain any offer. She is well worth that, doesn't have a scratch on her, starts right up every time, tires are like new. Please put the word out that she is for sale. This is hard for me to let her go, but will pay for my surgery, therapy, and hopefully perscriptions. Any suggestions my way, I welcome with open arms and mind.

I also have a Dual Axle Utility Trailer customized to carry 2 motorcycles with tie downs in frame. Can also be used as a regular utility trailer. It has a solid wood floor, ramp, lights, spare with mount, and 15"wheels. Willing to sell for $900 OBO

If you need gear, I have that too. Brand new leather jacket over $400 and Brand New Harley Davidson leather chaps over $150 that were never worn. I got injured right after we bought these so I never had a chance to wear them. I will sell both for $225 OBO.

Thank you all for looking, suggestions, interest, and help during this very difficult time. My email is [email protected]. I live in Dallas, Tx.


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Wait, before you sell it, go through the procedures and the physical therapy first. We have all seen plenty of examples of people making incredible recoveries or just working around obstacles in life.

If you want to sell it, go ahead. But you seem pretty early on in the recovery process (surgeries seem to still be going on) to just give up.

I'd hold onto the bike and see what life has in store for you. You might be surprised.
I greatly understand exactly what you are telling me. Here is my issue. I have had to surgeries on this hand and arm already. This last one has caused irrepairable damage. That is why they have to fuse the bones. I will never be able to rotate my arm or turn my wrist. I am a very optimistic person in general. However, having so much respect for the bike, other bikers, myself, and my safety, it is not ever going to be safe for me to ride without being able to rotate my arm or move my wrist. Basically it will be locked with about 5-10% movement at most. I know that is not anyway to ever get on a bike, be safe and be able to maneuver in any situation.

I have one of the best hand surgeons in Texas doing this procedure. He is very optimistic as well. From day one he has always been right through my two past surgeries. I healed wonderfully and he told me I would be fine then as long as I was careful. He told me after my last surgery that I needed to be really careful due to the damage I already have. Sadly, I guess I wasn't careful enough playing football. I knew better, but really thought that I wouldn't get hurt.

My doctor was devastated when I came to see him after the accident. I have the utmost trust with him. After many trips to see him, MRI's and MRA's, the tests showed the horrible damage to my ligaments, tendons, cartilage and bones. This injury, he had a really hard time tellling me how badly damaged my arm was and that I would have maybe 5-10% limited usage with my arm and wrist. I know that if there was a chance I could ride again, he would tell me.

I can't thank you enough for your wonderful words and optimistic advice. I wish I could say that I will wait and could get better. However, I have to be honest with myself and accept the changes in my life. And at this time, I unfortunately have to sell my bike just to pay for the surgery and physical therapy costs now that I cannot work. My income went all the way down to less than $500 on long term disability. Hardly enough to pay utility bills and food, much less car, mortgage, insurance, and most importantly my surgery. So, I have to accept what has happened, get better, and start over. It isn't easy, but I will get better. Later down the road, maybe my partner will learn to ride and we can get a side car on another bike. I would still get to enjoy the open road then. We will see. I can't thank you enough for all your optimism.
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So, move your dam ned controls so the good wrist does the work. If Mick Doohan can race and win with a crap body, you can ride too.
Like I said, if you want to sell it, go ahead (especially if you need to pay some bills). But everyone on this forum has seen remarkable things from people with devastating injuries.

We have seen a guys loose an arm and was still able to reconfigure the controls and his prosthetic to allow him to work the controls and maintain balance in a safe way.

We have seen people lose a leg and find a way to keep there balance and rework the controls.

We have seen paraplegics strap themselves onto bikes, strap their feet to their pegs, rework the controls and ride on the street and an off-road course.

I don't want to trivialize your injury, and I don't know the pain and ongoing issues you will need to put up with, but it is possible to keep the bike and ride safely. I just think you might be making a decision before you know how this will end.

If you enjoy riding it is possible to continue on (whether it is with this bike or with another in the future).
I think MO has finally infected Sachi with the bitterness and general impatience that seems to infect the rest of us!!

Welcome sister! Come join the rest of us, the beer is great and the chips and dip are superb.
I think MO has finally infected Sachi with the bitterness and general impatience that seems to infect the rest of us!!

Welcome sister! Come join the rest of us, the beer is great and the chips and dip are superb.
And she accomplishes it all at a constant velocity of 68 mph!
Uh, no. I was speeding yesterday. I did *72*!

I'm so ashamed.
Join the club. Life throws some real crap your way, you have to take it or just give up. Count your blessings, it could be worse. I had to give up eleven (yes eleven) bikes when I got squashed by an SUV. Motorcycles were a big part of my life. Still are. I've seen desert racers with one arm, my buddy George from Hairball Racing just joined the 200 mph club with one arm. You can still ride if you want it bad enough.
Klazy Ken says:

"Sawing my ulnar bone in half and taking a piece out and putting a plate in with screws" mean BIG SAVINGS TO YOU!

"Losing my career as a correctional officer" means EVERTING MUST GO NOWA! You buy my bike, you buy my trailer, you buy my left glove!

"I "throw in" one hardly used NFL branded football at NO EXTRA COST you buy my motocycle TODAY!!!
I know she won't admit it, but i think I am having a profound effect on Sachi. Speaking what you feel will set you free! Too bad everyone is so bunged up these days, they can't even fake it correctly.
I see you got the Meth Lab up and running... :)
He almost got the tomahawk chop too.... from me.
Oh, I admit it: You make me ill. :rolleyes:
See? You couldn't have even said that 4 months ago.
Oh, yes I would have.
Well, the truth makes lots of people ill. People are happier when they are in thier own little world where the truth never touches them. I'm not afraid to call bullshyt on anyone.
I see you got the Meth Lab up and running... :)
Meth is sooo West Coast. This is Flawda. We don't need no steeking meth...we've got the Bahamas 75 miles East and Cuba 90 miles South, and a lot of go-fast boats!
Well, the truth makes lots of people ill.
Oh, think that's it? Well, dear, I'll leave you to your soma.
And I'll leave you to your delusions. Just remember, it's all route planning and time management! :rolleyes:
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