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Good for you John, my own healing is/did take longer than I expected.
On another note, see if you have any "Tourmaster" outlets near by. They have a side zip roadboot available for $120. On my second pair now, 10 years on my last ones, ( still serviceable for winter riding ), and surprisingly comfortable for walking. Kept my feet dry all those years and my new ones, a year old, doing great.
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Good news. Praise God.
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Thats great . We will get to ride this summer.
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Slowly I TurnedÖ

Step by step, inch by inchÖ

Iím healing. This morning, I carried a basket of clothes down to the basement and put them in the washer. While I was down there, I set up the other set of shelves that one of my neighbors had put out in the trash and David and I rescued and put my balancing stand and other tire changing supplies on it. Then I took the empty cardboard boxes out to the garage and set them by the trash can. I looked the Roadster over once again and apologized to it that I havenít been able to wash it and probably wonít be able to for a while yet. Then, I got a wild hair and threw my leg over the saddle and sat on it.

I can sit on the bike! I even picked it up off the stand and I have to say that it really felt good. I think I can ride it now, but Iím going to wait a little longer and let my legs and knees get a little better. Maybe Iíll feel better tomorrow. Iíd like that.

The other reason Iím a little reluctant to ride it is that I need to rebuild the rear brake master cylinder. While I mostly use the front brake, it would be good to have all the brakes working. It shouldnít take that long to rebuild it and I bought the rebuild kit, but I really donít want to kneel to take the master cylinder off. My knees are still pretty sore. I donít want to set my recovery back and I really donít want to increase my level of ďUncomfortableĒ to "Agony".

One thing I noticed is that thereís a chip in the paint on the front fender. Right in the middle. I have no idea how it got there. Maybe the windshield hit it when it popped off. The fender isnít dented or bent, but then again, there are quite a few head scratching things that happened in the accident. When I look closely, I can see scrapes on the muffler, brake pedal, ball on the end of the front brake lever and the edge of the mirror and mirror stalk. But they arenít deep scratches and I have to look closely to find them. The steering stop didnít break off the triple clamp and the turn signals are fine.

When I went down on the wet tar snake in 2017, I broke the steering stop and turn signal stalk and I was going much slower. I also didnít get nearly as badly beat up. When I think about it, though, I donít think I had the bags on at that time. Thatís probably why the turn signal didnít get broken this time.

The saddle bag has a raspberry thatís about the same size as the one on my knee. I still donít know how that happened (the knee rash). Itís on my left knee and I went down on my right side. The padded riding pants arenít even scuffed. Iíve looked them over a few times. The scab on my knee is going to be there for some time, though. I know itís healing; it itches like a sonovabitch sometimes.

Anyhow, Iím strongly tempted to take the Roadster out; even if itís only to the quarter car wash. Iíd wash it in the driveway, but then Iíd want to get a sponge and kneel down and get it clean. The car wash will blast the worst of the crap off. So will a hose with a nozzle; I really just want to go for a ride and Iím looking for an excuse. Going for a ride probably isnít the brightest idea, but Iíve been known to do some pretty dumb things on occasion.

Still; if I stick to back streets with little trafficÖ Well; weíll see.
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I was going to suggest you try to shift and brake before going on that ride. Sounds like the brake is a non issue.

I am not the brightest cookie either when it comes to riding. I have a bad cold and went for a ride anyway and now it doesn't want to go away. Grrr.
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Three Week Update


Yesterday, I pulled the rear brake master cylinder and put a rebuild kit in it. Now, the rear brake is working like it should. I'm not going to ride until the swelling in my legs and feet goes down to the point where I can put my jump boots on. I'm hoping tomorrow, but we'll see.

I was out with David today running errands. My legs and knees still hurt after only a small amount of walking. We cut the shopping short after we hit a couple of stores; I was in too much pain to continue. Still, thereís improvement. Each day, I can see measurable progress.

It took me almost four hours to do the master cylinder. Mostly because it took me so long to get up from laying on the floor each time I needed a different tool. Still, I took my time and thoroughly cleaned everything and made sure everything was right. The master cylinder looks new now and the brake works better than it has in a while.

If I can spend four hours working on the Roadster, then it shouldnít be much longer before Iíll be riding it.
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