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Old 04-05-2006, 01:22 PM   #1111
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Dale,

Hang in there.

34 years ago I experienced a similar accident, hit from behind (I was on a 1971 Yamaha 360 Enduro) and left for dead in the road by a hit & run driver in Illinois. Shattered from the hips on down. I had a long and very painful 2-year recovery, broken up hard but not to the extent that you are. I still walk with a limp and have a mangled left foot.

But I still ride.

Six months ago - two days after I test rode a GS1200 for the first time and fell in lust with it - the doc called and told me I was loaded in my gut with cancer and had "XXXX" time to live. Screw that....I need another doc.

Seven weeks ago today I had 60% of my liver removed, 15" of my small intestine, my gall bladder and 7 lymph nodes by one of the world's great surgeons at Johns Hopkins. He said got it all with the melon-ball scooper and I have what looks like huge shark bite on my belly to show it off. He said "go enjoy life".

Today I bought a brand new chrome yellow BMW GS1200 from Mortons BMW in Fredricksburg and plan to ride it to the West Coast in September and experience what all of you here have been doing with your bikes.

Never Give Up. GO FORWARD >>>>>>. The Human Body is an amazing structure and while you are in the dark throes of life right now, things will get better, and you will heal - perhaps never as good as you once were, but good enough to enjoy LIFE in some form or fashion.

Do not be just a survivor of your accident. Be a warrior. When in rehab and they tell you do to 10 repetitions, do 20 (if they'll let you). Push it. Never Quit, even when you have to take a break.

Be an Armor-Plated MF'er.

Wishing you a speedy recovery and a boxer engine on the 'chair.

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Alexandria VA
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Old 04-05-2006, 01:33 PM   #1112
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Dale,

Hang in there.

34 years ago I experienced a similar accident, hit from behind (I was on a 1971 Yamaha 360 Enduro) and left for dead in the road by a hit & run driver in Illinois. Shattered from the hips on down. I had a long and very painful 2-year recovery, broken up hard but not to the extent that you are. I still walk with a limp and have a mangled left foot.

But I still ride.

Six months ago - two days after I test rode a GS1200 for the first time and fell in lust with it - the doc called and told me I was loaded in my gut with cancer and had "XXXX" time to live. Screw that....I need another doc.

Seven weeks ago today I had 60% of my liver removed, 15" of my small intestine, my gall bladder and 7 lymph nodes by one of the world's great surgeons at Johns Hopkins. He said got it all with the melon-ball scooper and I have what looks like huge shark bite on my belly to show it off. He said "go enjoy life".

Today I bought a brand new chrome yellow BMW GS1200 from Mortons BMW in Fredricksburg and plan to ride it to the West Coast in September and experience what all of you here have been doing with your bikes.

Never Give Up. GO FORWARD >>>>>>. The Human Body is an amazing structure and while you are in the dark throes of life right now, things will get better, and you will heal - perhaps never as good as you once were, but good enough to enjoy LIFE in some form or fashion.

Do not be just a survivor of your accident. Be a warrior. When in rehab and they tell you do to 10 repetitions, do 20 (if they'll let you). Push it. Never Quit, even when you have to take a break.

Be an Armor-Plated MF'er.

Wishing you a speedy recovery and a boxer engine on the 'chair.

Duane Collie
Alexandria VA
Wow! You go Duane, tear the shit out of this life! My prayers with you, too.
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Old 04-05-2006, 01:49 PM   #1113
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Wow! You go Duane, tear the shit out of this life! My prayers with you, too.
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Old 04-05-2006, 02:12 PM   #1114
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Dale,


Today I bought a brand new chrome yellow BMW GS1200 from Mortons BMW in Fredricksburg and plan to ride it to the West Coast in September and experience what all of you here have been doing with your bikes.


Duane Collie
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You go, Duane!!!!! Enjoy that new ride!
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Old 04-05-2006, 03:04 PM   #1115
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Old 04-05-2006, 05:03 PM   #1116
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Dale,

Hang in there.

34 years ago I experienced a similar accident, hit from behind (I was on a 1971 Yamaha 360 Enduro) and left for dead in the road by a hit & run driver in Illinois. Shattered from the hips on down. I had a long and very painful 2-year recovery, broken up hard but not to the extent that you are. I still walk with a limp and have a mangled left foot.

But I still ride.

Six months ago - two days after I test rode a GS1200 for the first time and fell in lust with it - the doc called and told me I was loaded in my gut with cancer and had "XXXX" time to live. Screw that....I need another doc.

Seven weeks ago today I had 60% of my liver removed, 15" of my small intestine, my gall bladder and 7 lymph nodes by one of the world's great surgeons at Johns Hopkins. He said got it all with the melon-ball scooper and I have what looks like huge shark bite on my belly to show it off. He said "go enjoy life".

Today I bought a brand new chrome yellow BMW GS1200 from Mortons BMW in Fredricksburg and plan to ride it to the West Coast in September and experience what all of you here have been doing with your bikes.

Never Give Up. GO FORWARD >>>>>>. The Human Body is an amazing structure and while you are in the dark throes of life right now, things will get better, and you will heal - perhaps never as good as you once were, but good enough to enjoy LIFE in some form or fashion.

Do not be just a survivor of your accident. Be a warrior. When in rehab and they tell you do to 10 repetitions, do 20 (if they'll let you). Push it. Never Quit, even when you have to take a break.

Be an Armor-Plated MF'er.

Wishing you a speedy recovery and a boxer engine on the 'chair.

Duane Collie
Alexandria VA

Duane I love your spirit, Don't give up Dont ever give up

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Old 04-05-2006, 07:42 PM   #1117
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Okay . . . a question: Do all the guys with big cojones have names that start with D, as in Dale and Duane? Maybe it's a coincidence, but you're both inspirational nonetheless.

Keep at it, boys. We're watching -- and learning -- from you.

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Old 04-06-2006, 02:52 AM   #1118
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Old 04-06-2006, 03:12 AM   #1119
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Old 04-06-2006, 04:18 AM   #1120
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Old 04-06-2006, 04:49 AM   #1121
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Good morning Dale,

If you've not seen Jeff's photo album, let me know;
I'll bring my laptop this am.

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Old 04-06-2006, 05:04 AM   #1122
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Morning Dale One day closer to being home!



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Old 04-06-2006, 05:16 AM   #1123
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Good morning Dale

You must be going crazy by now in that place. There is nothing worse that waiting..... I pity poor Resa with you the next two days.

It looks like it will be a beautiful weekend to go home!

See you soon.
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Old 04-06-2006, 05:25 AM   #1124
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i got fitted for my new wheeler yesterday!

getting quoted for 2:

quickie Ti/GT
kuschall airlite

the kuschall has better bearings and i hear rolls forever. can get some sweet aluminum mag rims too.

the quickie has allot more farkles available (like suspension) but is a little heavier (4lbs). it's also a tiny bit cheaper.

the kuschall doesn't have as much adjustability and is inherently less stable/easier to wheelie.

i'm leaning toward the quickie so i can gradually go from from over to under stable as my skills increase.

options on my list are:
-24" spynergy rims and hubs w/yellow spokes
-yellow frame/black apolstry and cushion
-rojo air cushion , low profile
-fold away push handles
-fabric guard (between wheels and pants)
-90 degree footbar with 2" inset and foot plate
-5" poly casters
-quick release swing away tubular arm rests (not sure if i'll ever use them but just in case)
-suspension package


that's about it.

my next bike was going to be a black and yellow K12R, so i figure i'll continue that theme!

cheers,
dale
Shouldn't this be over in the equipment thread?

Morning Dale Have a great day.
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Old 04-06-2006, 05:51 AM   #1125
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Morning, Dale

I know how much everybody here cares about how I have to ride everyday in the rain in Calif this year.......Well, sunshine today I know it will make yur day that I'm dry for a change

Say'n hello and wish'n ya a great day from sunny calif
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