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post #1 of 30 Old Feb 24th, 2007, 7:09 am Thread Starter
 
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I'm gone.

I sold my bike yesterday.

I have three fuzed vertebrae in my lower back from a jump injury in the Army years ago and as I've aged it has bothered me more and more. My doctor says I could do some real damage in a crash and end up in much worse shape than I'm in now. So after three years of him nagging, and about 26,000 miles of riding, I finally let the old girl go. It's not all bad as I replaced her with an '07 328i which is an absolute dream to drive and is a real bear about protecting her occupants.

I've learned a bunch over the years here and will always remember the great people I have met because of the bike. Best of luck to all.
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Very sorry to hear that and I hope your back does not get too bad. At least you did ride and on a damn fine machine. Good Luck.

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At least you have the memories of good times with the bike. I also am not riding now, have not for over two years, but cherish the memories of the 120,000 miles I did do, the places visited, and more than anything, the people here on this group.

I replaced the LT with a 740iL, for my wife. Not the sporty handling ride of your 328, but a darned nice ride. I got "stuck" with her old 525i.

Hey, life goes on, may as well find a way to enjoy it and not look back too longingly.

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I sold my bike yesterday.

I have three fuzed vertebrae in my lower back from a jump injury in the Army years ago and as I've aged it has bothered me more and more. My doctor says I could do some real damage in a crash and end up in much worse shape than I'm in now. So after three years of him nagging, and about 26,000 miles of riding, I finally let the old girl go. It's not all bad as I replaced her with an '07 328i which is an absolute dream to drive and is a real bear about protecting her occupants.

I've learned a bunch over the years here and will always remember the great people I have met because of the bike. Best of luck to all.
Ralph, the thought of ever having to give up my GT is very depressing. At least you were able to give your bike a happy home. I don't think I could sell my baby. I'd be in the garage polishing the hard cases forever more!

Hope your back is OK.

"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." (Some really OLD friggin' White dude who couldn't have possibly known what he was talking about!) WARNING: Official HATE speech!
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Good Luck with your back and the motor.Life is meant to be fun in what ever way you can get it,enjoy,smile and above all else polish the chrome.

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The truth is...all rides come to an end, sooner or later. If you gotta stop riding bikes, you sure picked the right car to do that in. All the best.
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Hey Ralph, maybe the bike is gone, but you're still here! Stay with us, chime in from time to time, and let us know how you're doing!

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Hey Ralph, maybe the bike is gone, but you're still here! Stay with us, chime in from time to time, and let us know how you're doing!
Yes, stick around. Some Bozo is lamenting loss of American freedom in the Chit-chat forum.
Best wishes for better health, happiness, and enjoyment of your new BMW!

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End of the ride

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Good luck to you, I am not looking forward to the day I can't hold the LT up
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I sold my bike yesterday. It's not all bad as I replaced her with an '07 328i.
Well if you can't ride a bike you're doing the next best thing. Sweet car!
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Thumbs up Hang In There !

By all means ! Stick around and help keeeep us remaining 2-wheelers straight.

It was the ride that brought us together, nobody said anything about going away just cause the ride's gone, well really it's not gone, it still has that blue/white propeller all over it ! Right !

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Thanks for all the kind words and support. I'll probably surf in from time to time just to see what's happening. I've included some pics of the old girls replacement. It's almost as much of a blast as the LT was. For me it's actually more fun as it's much easier on my tired old aching back.

Take Care,
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Thanks for all the kind words and support. I'll probably surf in from time to time just to see what's happening. I've included some pics of the old girls replacement. It's almost as much of a blast as the LT was. For me it's actually more fun as it's much easier on my tired old aching back. Take Care,
Ralph,

I put over 137,000 on my M3. Sweet litttle car. A friend destroyed mine while I was in a meeting. The car was totalled and he didn't have a scratch on him. You bought a well built, fun little hot rod. Hope the spine issues allow lots of great sex and safe living. Some day we all let the 2-wheeled toys go. Doing it when you are NOT hurt is the way to walk away.

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Sad to see you go, nice wheels, especially the interior colour. I'm 50 years old - I feel young, but I know I don't bounce as well as I used to. If I came off my bike, I know I would be in a far worse state than I would have been 30 years ago. I just could not contemplate not riding - as the old saying goes "what's the point of stopping drinking and smoking for another five years in a geriatric home". You will do what you feel is right for yourself, and your dependants, but I know I would not stop doing what is a major part of my life, just incase something bad might happen. My Father was a flight surgeon in the RAF, and a GP after that. He was dead against flying light aircraft and riding bikes because the only pilots and riders he got to see were usually squished ones. I ride bikes, fly planes (and also drink and smoke!!(but not all at the same time!)), and can see myself continuing to do so till I leave this planet. You can stop doing what you enjoy, and live a cocooned existance, or just go for it and have every day a blast. Here endeth my rant.

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I sold my bike yesterday.

I have three fuzed vertebrae in my lower back from a jump injury in the Army years ago and as I've aged it has bothered me more and more. My doctor says I could do some real damage in a crash and end up in much worse shape than I'm in now. So after three years of him nagging, and about 26,000 miles of riding, I finally let the old girl go. It's not all bad as I replaced her with an '07 328i which is an absolute dream to drive and is a real bear about protecting her occupants.

I've learned a bunch over the years here and will always remember the great people I have met because of the bike. Best of luck to all.
Ralph I know the feeling, I to have three vertebrae fuzed in my lower back as well four in my neck. Mine was do to self satifaction in racing unlike yours from serving your country many thanks. Bill
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Ralph, first I'd like to say thank you for your service to our country.

My wife has had a couple of fusions in her back, and one in her neck (as well as both knees replaced) She keeps saying she wants to ride with me, but I don't think it will happen. I know I'd be scared to death of what would happen with even a low speed drop in a parking lot.

Stick around my friend I've never met. Your wisdom, and experience are too valuable to not have available.
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Inevitable Point in Life

Last weekend three of us went out for a long day ride here in So. Cal. and all of just turned 50. We were talking about the fact that some day we may not be able to ride for one reason or another and it was quite sad (ofcourse that was all lost as soon as we mounted up and hit the road again).

You can take solace in the fact that you did ride all those years. Unfortunately for me I walked away from riding when I was 30 and am just now returning to my second love (my first is my beautiful family) but I still regret the lost rides, the lost companionships and the lost miles.

I guess that I will just have to make up those 20 years in the next 20 or even more. Your experience is an inspiration to me and I am sure to many more. Thank you and please make sure to continue to share the knowledge and experience you gained in your years of riding not only here on this site but in as many other ways as you can. We never stop learning as long as there are those who continue to teach. Happy trails and stay safe.
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The top comes off, right?

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You can stop doing what you enjoy, and live a cocooned existance, or just go for it and have every day a blast. Here endeth my rant.
I was an Army paratrooper for 13 years until I broke my back in a jumping accident. You call that a cocooned existence?

In the 17 years since the accident I've gotten steadily worse. I think I've done pretty good keeping it up this long. Most days I just cannot ride. My doctor say's if I have an accident I might end up wishing I hadn't been wearing my helmet.

You're entitled to your opinion but until you've walked in my shoes don't make assumptions as to what you would do.

There is living and existing. Trust me pardner I've lived!!!!!!!
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....A friend destroyed mine while I was in a meeting.....
WOW! So Rob, I guess they never did find your EX-friend's body?!

"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." (Some really OLD friggin' White dude who couldn't have possibly known what he was talking about!) WARNING: Official HATE speech!
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Hey ralph,

I'm sure you've researched this but in case not. In Germany (go figure) they're a few years ahead of us in replacing vertebra. You actually retain your side to side and up and down motion and they can do more than one.

I've fractured c6, t11. t12. L1. L2. L3 so I completely understand where you're coming from. One of my doctors sent a patient to the Fatherland for this procedure and I'm excited to hear the outcome. We're awaiting FDA approval here but within the next couple years it should be here so either way, I look forward to a day we can both change out these shock absorbers in us and feel life again pain free. Good luck bud ~darren
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Yes, stick around. Some Bozo is lamenting loss of American freedom in the Chit-chat forum.....
Yes, Ralph, by all means, stick around. After all, those Bozo's in the chit chat forum are reason enough alone! The nerve of these guys complaining--just because someone is using the constitution to wipe their ass with! Don't they realise that their constitutional rights are void where prohibited by law?!........

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Hi everybody!

Here is a quick update.

The 328i is a truly fantastic car!!!! Since February I've driven coast to coast once and put over 18,000 miles on it total. I get why a 3 series has made C&D's 10 best for so many years. It's still a cage but it's a damn comfortable, quick, and agile, one.

The 150+ pic is not mine but one guys "top end test" during his European delivery trip. I've had mine a tad over 110 on a desolate stretch of I-10 in Texas. It still has a lot left at that speed.

If you've gotta give up riding there are worse things to replace it with.

I'll go back to my occasional lurking. Y'all take care.
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Nice, nice car. Enjoy it.

Also ... I hope you stick around the LT boards.

I predict you will ride again one day. Cars are nice but once bikes get into your blood ...
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Hi everybody!

Here is a quick update.

The 328i is a truly fantastic car!!!! Since February I've driven coast to coast once and put over 18,000 miles on it total. I get why a 3 series has made C&D's 10 best for so many years. It's still a cage but it's a damn comfortable, quick, and agile, one.

The 150+ pic is not mine but one guys "top end test" during his European delivery trip. I've had mine a tad over 110 on a desolate stretch of I-10 in Texas. It still has a lot left at that speed.

If you've gotta give up riding there are worse things to replace it with.

I'll go back to my occasional lurking. Y'all take care.
We have an 06 325i and have had to 115 just north of the city; what a sweet car!

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Hi everybody!

Here is a quick update.

The 328i is a truly fantastic car!!!! Since February I've driven coast to coast once and put over 18,000 miles on it total. I get why a 3 series has made C&D's 10 best for so many years. It's still a cage but it's a damn comfortable, quick, and agile, one.

The 150+ pic is not mine but one guys "top end test" during his European delivery trip. I've had mine a tad over 110 on a desolate stretch of I-10 in Texas. It still has a lot left at that speed.

If you've gotta give up riding there are worse things to replace it with.

I'll go back to my occasional lurking. Y'all take care.
Nice, Ralph. Good to hear that you're still enjoying life AFTER giving up riding.

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110, 115mph?

Do you guys even know how to live. My wife's had her tiny MINI well over that

I think the speed is limited to 135mph, but I haven't tried it yet. Been in the triple digits heading down the Black Mountain section of I-40 though.

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