Sorry, I couldn't find the medical section of the forum, and it's a GS problem for me.... Learned recently that I have several deteriorated discs which, in combination with a smaller than normal channel for my spinal cord, means my spinal cord is being impinged and there is risk of serious and permanent damage. So surgery is scheduled and the doctor has given me the list of "don'ts" for the rest of my life. I can live with - but don't like - no skiing, no snowboarding, no bicycling, no martial arts. But no motorcycling?!! I began working on the logistics of getting my bike sold and it actually brought tears to my eyes. I absolutely LOVE my GS and adventure riding. I could care less about commuting, dinner rides or day trips to see the fall colors. I just love to hop on my bike, hit the road each day and keep going wherever seems interesting until the sun begins to sink in the sky and I ride that beast off into whatever cover I can find to hang my hammock for the night. Please, please, PLEASE tell me you've been through it and have been able to continue riding without extreme consequences?