Deaf Rider's solo journey exploring Americas

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by WhicheverAnyWayCan, Jul 14, 2016.

  1. WhicheverAnyWayCan

    WhicheverAnyWayCan Deaf Biker

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    Hello, my name is Ken and I'm deaf. I'm 41, not married and kidless. Tomorrow, I'm embarking on a solo journey riding a 2001 F650GS up north to Alaska then down south to Ushusia. My deafness and fluent in America Sign Language may make communicating a challenge trying to communicate with anyone not fluent in sign language, but I will overcome that in many forms. No, I don't read lips or speak like some deaf people can so that add to the challenge.

    I'm on disability not because of my deafness but because of Bilateral Spondylolysis (fractured lumbar 5). I've been living with back pain all day/night daily for past few years. It hurts to sit, stand, lay down, and etc. It is all about how I try to keep the pain level bearable by trying to avoid heavy activities and heavy lifting (here is to hope I don't drop my moto often!). Adding to the injury, I recently started having problem in my coccyx area(ass). When I sit after some period of time(no more than 10-15 minutes), the pain build up intensely. However, my primary doctor prescribed for me prednisone for 10 days thinking it will help heal the muscle that is controlled by coccyx nerve. Oh man, that medicine was a great feeling for few days not feeling any pain for first time in few years!! So my ass has improved 60% that he gave me 2nd refill ready to go for the trip so hopefully that will take care of the coccyx problem permanently.

    Night before last night, my MacBook died unexpectedly so I was forced to improvise. Thankfully, my buddy was kind enough to give me his old and cracked iPad to use. I'm not used to the keyboard on glass but I'll get a hang of it eventually. Not sure how I'll transfer files from camera & GoPro/virb yet, but hopefully soon than later.

    Head-up, I'm not much of a writer and I know my grammar sucks so don't expect a great RR here. I'll just do a photo journal on here and share short story I think is interesting and worth sharing with. I do hope to meet and make many new friends along the way so if you see green alien riding gear on a yellow F650GS, don't be afraid to say hello! I don't bite! :D:lol3

    I will be visiting few friends between here and western South Dakota in next few days so I'll post some update in few days. More later.
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  2. WhicheverAnyWayCan

    WhicheverAnyWayCan Deaf Biker

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    Here is a video of me taken few days ago taking my bike out for a short ride. Eventually I had to re-arrange the weight to eliminate fishtail feeling and rid of few things including the camp chair.

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  3. goodcat

    goodcat Changing latitudes, altitudes and attitudes

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    Good luck Be safe and have fun.
    I'll be tuned in
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  4. ADVrider973

    ADVrider973 FlyDriveRide

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    Good luck and enjoy it to the fullest will be following your RR:-)
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  5. SCHMEEL

    SCHMEEL Adventurer

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    Good journeys


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  6. pfalcioni

    pfalcioni Forever NOob

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    Looking forward to your trip report! And I agree about the floaty feeling in the front end on the little GS when you have too much weight in the rear. My solution was to bring half as much as I thought I needed, then after our first long ride, I pared it down to about a quarter.
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  7. Abenteuerfahrer

    Abenteuerfahrer Deaf on Wheels

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    Subscribed of course!! Hola Amigo...your former TAT partner Elmer here---Way to go BUT you're seriously overloaded. Would be ok on a BMW 1200GS but not so cool on you F650gs. Suspension might take a beating for this long a trip. Tires will wear faster and fuel economy will suffer. You might be able to shed some of the stuff on the way to AK as this will be a test ride there. Curious what are you lugging along?

    Remember the TAT glory days?? We had fun but I am sure the constant having to right your bike from a spill will definitely put stress on your back. Bet you won't be able to lift the F650 back on track with all that weight...might then dismount everything before righting her. I had to do that on one side of the 1200GS when I transited Labrador.

    Here's YOU on TAT..a bit younger......:photog:imaposer

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    Think, think..and think of sending stuff home......Good luck Ken and Godspeed
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  8. Valker

    Valker Long timer

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    I am ASL terp and teacher. I should be in the NorthWest of USA later this month. Possible we could happen to meet (slim chance). I will be on my dirty Valkyrie.
    I'm subscribed!
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  9. flei

    flei cycletherapist

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    What a great adventure! I'm in for this ride report. Have a wonderful adventure!
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  10. KLRalph

    KLRalph Because KTMalph sounds funny

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    I'm in!

    With two collapse vertebrae I learned I can sit on the couch and be in discomfort or I could get on my motorcycle and travel. Discomfort is the same but my happiness is much better on the bike! Looking forward to the RR.
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  11. WhicheverAnyWayCan

    WhicheverAnyWayCan Deaf Biker

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    Thanks for wishing me a good trip!

    Cool font! Gallaudet font? See my solution to the problem below


    Hola mi amigo!! My problem was the chain, spares, and tools on right saddlebag and camping gear on left so I got a small drybag and put all tools in the drybag then put it in between backseat and top rack, and bike ran much much better. I did get rid of camp chair and few other things so all good now. When in Illinois, going to ship some stuff over to friend's house in Oregon so I'll travel light in AK and pick up my stuff at friend's house on my way south. Trust me, it isn't as bad as it looks like..

    Anything is possible! What is your estimated timeline? I'm planning fork service with Konflict Motorsport after AK and I'm looking at early August, tentatively.

    Yes, that's true! I woke up this morning a bit groggy and my back was killing me so I popped medicines and am drinking coffee now waiting for medicine to kick in. To be fair, I made my mother a parting gift yesterday building her a mailbox using 6x6x6 until it was dark along with some yard works that she shouldn't be doing for time being until her respiratory improve.

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    I'm going to drill peg holes and insert pegs then shower and hit the road at 12noon when I'm feeling better.
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  12. kurien

    kurien adventurer

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    God speed. Ride safe. Will be virtually following you.

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  13. Scooterati

    Scooterati Forgiven..

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    Travel mercies to you and I hope your back holds out. Subscribed.

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  14. lambotte

    lambotte Been here awhile

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  15. Abenteuerfahrer

    Abenteuerfahrer Deaf on Wheels

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    Hi Ken... really seriously wanting you to complete your dream:clap. Wanted to do the same thing but I am 30 years older than you..so I am with you in spirit.

    Here are a few tips from a offload rider regarding your F650GS. You will eventually encounter some glitches and this writeup might assist you in some way>

    https://adventure-motorcycling.com/2012/04/05/bmw-f650gs-se-long-term-test/

    cheers...
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  16. burley

    burley alaskan wanderer

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    Go for it ,awsome,i to live in pain every day and ride . Look forward to your grand adventure. Your bike looks cool and like the hiviz,keep on rolling
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  17. Not the Messiah

    Not the Messiah Old enough to know better, but slow learnin'

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    Good Luck Ken!
    We're looking forward to the reports and photo's.

    Cheers
    Brian
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  18. Abenteuerfahrer

    Abenteuerfahrer Deaf on Wheels

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    Wherefore art thou O' Kenneth?? You Okay :thumb :hide ??

    cheers....
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  19. WhicheverAnyWayCan

    WhicheverAnyWayCan Deaf Biker

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    Hey there! Doing okay and in Moline IL. Having a little technical issue with transferring photos to photobucket. Here are two things I need:

    http://www.apple.com/shop/product/MJYT2AM/A/lightning-to-sd-card-camera-reader?fnode=85&fs=f=ipad4gen&fh=459d%2B357e

    http://www.apple.com/shop/product/MD821AM/A/lightning-to-usb-camera-adapter?fnode=85&fs=f=ipad4gen&fh=459d%2B357e

    In meantime, something to tease you guys.. I had a mishap 25 miles from my friend's house in Cincinnati area.




    Should hit the road toward western SD on Friday. To follow my SPOT:

    http://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp?glId=050eEEKfGnxevzu86gkRAesO0msB3jqH5
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  20. TM1(SS)

    TM1(SS) Been here awhile

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    A very unpleasant sight indeed!
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