Ouch. Part 3

GS GuardI’m healing up.  It’s time for the next steps after my little oops back in December.

Today, I took some time out to run the bikes to charge batteries and while I was at it, I finally had  a moment to make an inventory of the parts and pieces needed to put the bike back together.  As I suspected, the grand total of everything came in well under $1,000.

It almost comes to less hardware than is in my shoulder – most definitely cheaper!

One mirror, turn signal, handlebar guard bracket, windscreen and the most significant one – the engine guard cage.  That last one did its job admirably and absorbed all the force of the crash.  The motor runs normally and without any issues.  No impact to the cylinder head.

I still have to hunt down some repair parts of the right saddlebag, but those are more common hardware store items.

Oh, and I bought a new helmet this morning as well.

To check that the handlebars are squared up, I took the bike for a spin … for five minutes around the inside of the parking garage in my building, that is.  I was nervous, I was twitchy and I exhibited nearly zero confidence.  I suppose that’s to be expected with the last time I touched the bike being the day of the crash six weeks ago and still being a little tender about healing up.  It happened the last time I had an injury crash many years ago – the good thing is that it goes away over time.  It’s mostly a mild hypervigillance symptom.  Getting back on the bike as soon as humanly possible is vital to building confidence again and becoming comfortable riding again.  But I’m in a good place.  I’m an instructor, so I have lots of opportunities to force myself to practice and go ride on a regular basis – and I know the techniques necessary to build that trust in myself and my bike.

This is the point where Doctor Sidney Freedman, after reminding us that no further therapy is needed because “we get better”, would also let us know … “Ladies and gentlemen, take my advice, pull down your pants, and slide on the ice.”


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