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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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Oh, think that's it? Well, dear, I'll leave you to your soma.
"A gramme in time saves nine!"
The other things I do involve the foods I eat (very little, and usually dried fruits or cereal bars) and what I drink -- lots of gatorade! I also have my bike set up for maximum comfort, aided by Aleve every twelve hours.
If you can't Eat Right, at least Eat Light! I second on the Naproxen or some other analgesic. Helps me keep from "stiffening up" when in the saddle extended hours. How did Cowboys ever do that on them big, fleshy, primitively self-aware motorcycles back in the 1800's?

"Same with "sleep deprivation." Where's the danger if you're alert? You don't need eight hours of sleep at your regular time to stay awake and alert, particularly on a 24 hour ride."

I fugured you would say that. Taken from Wiki:

According to a 2000 study published in the British Medical Journal, researchers in Australia and New Zealand reported that sleep deprivation can have some of the same hazardous effects as being drunk.[16] People who drove after being awake for 17-19 hours performed worse than those with a blood alcohol level of .05 percent, which is the legal limit for drunk driving in most western European countries (the U.S. and UK set their blood alcohol limits at .08 percent). In addition, as a result of continuous muscular activity without proper rest time, effects such as cramping are much more frequent in sleep-deprived individuals.

Your words, my truth.
Excellent use of Facts and Data!

(you knew it was coming!)
Just when me a Sachi have come to a truce, you had to start up, didn't ya???
What can I say? I'm an "Instigator".................
Heck, all this tomfoolery; I've forgotten what AJs problem was.

Farked up right wrist?

Easy day. You will probably remain able to work the throttle grip, but the front brake will be problematic. If you cannot operate the throttle grip, you may be able to rig a thumb-operated throttle, such as those found on snowmobiles, personal watercraft and ATVs.

Check into a linked braking system. It may cost a bit to have one fabricated, but if you find someone handy, they may be able to modify a system from a "donor" bike. Then you will operate both front and rear brakes from the foot brake. Even easier, have the foot brake operate the front brakes only. They are the bigger stopping force anyhow.

As my late Father-In-Law would say, "It ain't no hill for a stepper!"

Good luck!
OR, you could move it all to the left handlebar like my friend Brett Cole has done:

YouTube - one armed motorcycle racer

This Man is an Inspiration to us All. Seriously.

I love Motorcycling. I mean, I really LOVE Motorcycling - but I can't say with any certainty that I would be able to get back up on a bike after the crash he had.

Brett had his ENTIRE shoulder removed after the crash - what you see as a "shoulder" on him is just muscle-mass the Doctors arranged so it would look more-normal - there are no bones there, nothing that can support a prosthetic, not even a cosmetic one. He's also had to deal with substantial severe "phantom limb" pain.

Within a few weeks of his coming-home, he was already wrenching on some of his bikes (on his own!), and even was straddling, starting, and attempting to find the "friction zone" - all with his left hand. He devised the throttle and brake/clutch on the left side, a few of his other friends helped him to set it up - Dude was a Natural in the saddle before, this hasn't really taken much away from his Moto-talents.

I would not be surprised to see him compete on a Professional level in the next few years.

Brett is 20-years younger than me, but he's one of my personal Heroes.

He Rawks!
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AirHawk, that post (#60) was great! I had not seen that video. Makes you realize just how lucky we are to be able to ride... and that nearly any obstacle can be overcome with perseverance! Thanks, dude. (no sarcasm intended)
At the age of 18, Brett is probably more of a Man than 90% of the population TWICE his age - myself included.

He is the very definition of a Survivor.
Well, I'm sure he's more of a man than about 51% of the population. :)
Present company excluded, dear Sachi. :D

(and just in case you're wondering why I'm in such a good mood - I finally got my mitts on a copy of Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samauri - an uncut version; and have finally gotten to watch it in its entirety)

(Great Movie, BTW - even with its flaws, well-ahead of its time)
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