First off, I'd like to thank everyone for the excellent replies and suggestions; you folks are awesome! I'll try to individually thank each of you for your suggestions, but you'll have to please excuse me if I mess this up since I'm new to this type of forum format.
I had a hip replacement a year ago December. Last season I put on 3 times the miles that I had in the previous 3 years that I have owned the RT. No pain, no worries about trying to get my leg down at stops, and no worries about getting it back on the peg (which was harder than getting it down). New hip made riding fun again.
Thanks skydiver, this is exactly the answer I was hoping for since I can't imagine going on the remainder of my years without 2-wheels under me.
I had my right hip replaced over 15 years ago and never gave up riding. It's lasted a long time. It does begin to bother me when I walk a lot (like following my wife around a mall shopping). I am careful throwing my leg over the seat getting on and off. Make sure your sidestand is firmly set. Lately, on long trips, I am more comfortable driving my sidecar. Just know your limitations.
Thanks for the sincere reply. I just turned 57 and can't imagine being without a nice breeze in my face. I'll definitely take your advice on the side stand, especially since my inseam is only about 31".
get an airhawk pad or something similar, sometimes an inch goes a mile as far as relieving pain. No hip issues here, but had my right knee replaced a year ago and waiting on the left one, so I know your pain
Thanks for the pad suggestion pete, a good friend of mine that rides a 1300ST mentioned that his airhawk made a world of difference for comfort.
Obviously your doctor knows best, but surgery is nearly always the last resort. My doctors tell me that even when facing a decaying situation, that it is best to defer the surgical solution as long as possible.
I love riding and have been riding all my life, but I would give up riding before opting for hip replacement surgery if I could still walk, sit, and do everything else without pain other than riding. I might even think about buying a 3-wheeler or a convertible sports car as a surrogate for riding a motorcycle. If you defer the surgery for a time, you can always pick up motorcycle riding again later.
It is my understanding that in general, you get one joint replacement that should (must) last you the rest of your days. Subsequent replacements are difficult at best, when they can be done at all. There is always a chance of complications when undergoing surgery, and joint replacement does not always work out for everyone.
That said, if you must undergo the surgery, everyone I have known tells me what a miraculous relief it is after they have recovered and rehabilitated. Whatever you decide, best wishes and good luck!
Thanks XMagna, I definitely plan on waiting this procedure out until it becomes too painful to walk on. So far its just painful for lowering my rt-leg, but the ibuprofen I just started taking is definitely helping so far. Although surgury is a last resort type of procedure, my hip socket is now at bone to bone so it'll be a necessary replacement in my near future. Hopefully the newest long wearing ceramic ball & socket will last my remaining years.
First, I am not trying to be a clever here, but want to offer a serious suggestion. If the only issue that you have is when you lower your right foot off the peg, then why don't you just keep your right foot on the peg at all time?
There are no real reasons to put both of your feet down at a stop, and I never do. As a matter of fact, back in my old riding days (45+ years ago, and in another place altogether), I have never ever seen anybody on a bike come to stop with both feet on the ground. It might take some practice for you to get used to stopping with just the right foot down, but it is very easy and very natural....well, natural for me anyway.
Just a suggestion!
Thanks Pad. For years now I've been in the habit of stopping and only dropping my left foot down, but if I'm at a long light I'll pop it in neutral just before stopping to aleviate excess clutch wear. The wear issue on my hip socket is definitely more costly than my clutch, so a simple change of habit will reduce a lot of unnecessary pain. Thanks again for that logical suggestion.
Been there and done that, Left one in 05, leg off the peg issue, bought a new 06 LT spring of 06, made all the CCR's except last year, right hip, could not lift my leg, even tough getting in the car, I'm 9 or so weeks into it and riding is no pain. will have to wait a little and see how time in saddle works.
The pain will let you know, without question. take care of it when it's time and not to worry.
Thanks Beemer2up, I truly appreciate your experience and positive outcome, and I wish you all the best for continued results.
A colleague gave me the name of a nearby 'perfectionist' ortho surgeon that specializes in hip surgury, so when my time comes up I'll be ready for it.
The youtube videos I watched for hip replacement procedures (although explicit), has given me a good idea of the least invasive technique and product type I'd like installed for hopefully the best recovery.
Thanks again, and I hope you'll be enjoying many-many great miles ahead.