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Get well soon. Take good care.
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I want to thank all of you for your support and friendship. I was, and remain truly touched. There is both a physical and psychological shock after an accident and I was immersed in remorse on every level. Yours words of encouragement lifted my spirits and helped me see past the moment.

No, I'm not going anywhere and will remain active on MV - as one MV friend noted - we cover a lot more than scooters here. So, I will continue posting pictures of the BV 350 that I never owned and making my typical observations and attempts at humor. I've told members of the Scooter Battalion in Houston that I'll still show up for the rides - but will now drive the sag wagon.

Oh by the way - I bought a new scooter already and attach a picture.

Once again, thanks and my love to y'all.
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judy wrote:
OS didn't mean to hijack your thread but I just wanted to point out that you can get killed many other ways. Yes scooters are a tad more dangerous but so is life. Maybe there's a way you can get a trike or throw a tow-pack on a 150. Heal well my friend. Pain meds are your friend. If you can get them to write you for some lidocaine patches. Their helping the pain from where my shoulder hit the curb and my broken ribs. Slapped a few on places
Judy - you didn't hijack my thread - but you're always welcome to do so in the future as any hijacking you might do would likely improve the thread.

I wholly agree with you - life is filled with risks and scooters just add just a touch more risk. I still engage in a lot of other risky businesses and I've chosen to eliminate the most common source of more serious injuries.

I wish I enjoyed the pain medicines more but they tend to make me a little sick to my stomach. I miss my Jack Daniels but I'm sure it's not on my medical regime.

You take care of yourself too.
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Oldscoot wrote:
Oh by the way - I bought a new scooter already and attach a picture.
Got any info? This is definitely going to replace my MP3 someday 8)
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Oldscoot wrote:
Oh by the way - I bought a new scooter already and attach a picture.

Once again, thanks and my love to y'all.
That scooter needs some bling! MV badge, Cool-Ass cover, louder horn, ...

Wishing you all the best!
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JKJ-FZ6 wrote:
Oldscoot wrote:
Oh by the way - I bought a new scooter already and attach a picture.

Once again, thanks and my love to y'all.
That scooter needs some bling! MV badge, Cool-Ass cover, louder horn, ...

Wishing you all the best!
Thanks for your well wishes.

I intend to put an MV and "Sons of Belial" sticker on it. I've got a sheepskin cover for the knee saddle on order.

When I pass people who know me well while I am riding it they will not likely take a second look and will shake their heads in the usual and customary fashion.
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Oldscoot wrote:
Oh by the way - I bought a new scooter already and attach a picture.
Got any info? This is definitely going to replace my MP3 someday 8)
You might want to keep this as a reference:

http://www.kneerover.com/product/kneerover-all-terrain-knee-walker/
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Oldscoot, the wisdom you've brought to this forum is indespencible, the knowledge has been vast. They let 'non-Vespa' riders (me) hang out here, riders like you are irreplaceable. (Even if you do/did decide to classify yourself as a 'former' rider.)
Heal well and keep on keepin' on.
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Getting old is not for the faint of heart. I hope your recovery is complete and speedy.


(I just noticed that you have the same vehicles that I do - GTS and Hooligan).
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fleece wrote:
Oldscoot wrote:
Oh by the way - I bought a new scooter already and attach a picture.
Got any info? This is definitely going to replace my MP3 someday 8)
You might want to keep this as a reference:

http://www.kneerover.com/product/kneerover-all-terrain-knee-walker/
Kneerover

thanks for that, I did wonder why it had that funny shaped saddle 8)
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Sorry to hear this. Most of us older guys think about the day we'll have to hang it up.
I know it's coming for me also.

I hope you heal quickly and well.
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Belkwinith wrote:
Once a rider, always a rider.

CanAm Spyder - that's my future plan. or someother contraption.

Please hang around and give us the benefit of your wisdom. Don't ride, if that's what you decide, but don't leave!
I like the Polaris Slingshot better than the CanAm if I end up going to 3 wheels but at that point probably just get another convertible..

In the meantime, George you need to change the name of this thread. You are not out for the count merely changing transportation modes since you'll be around for many years to come.
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Belkwinith wrote:
Once a rider, always a rider.

CanAm Spyder - that's my future plan. or someother contraption.

Please hang around and give us the benefit of your wisdom. Don't ride, if that's what you decide, but don't leave!
I like the Polaris Slingshot better than the CanAm if I end up going to 3 wheels but at that point probably just get another convertible..

In the meantime, George you need to change the name of this thread. You are not out for the count merely changing transportation modes since you'll be around for many years to come.
I may have been saved by the bell by my MV friends. I really thought I was staring down a long, dark tunnel. There is guilt attached to upsetting family and friends and they were indeed duly upset and I felt (and was) responsible for that. I feel a lot better now.

In answer to your earlier inquiry - yes - the incident occurred during the Rockers vs. Mods on the Sunday ride.

Thanks for your support.
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BTW George, you can always join me at the West U pool once cleared to do so. Swimming has been the best therapy for my TPF and Jane's morning water aerobics class is good rehab.
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Sorry to hear of your bad fortune. I am a year older than you and understand the questions concerning the ability to carry on in the future as we have done in the past. Two years ago I decided I was getting too old to ride so I sold my motorcycle and convinced myself that I wouldn't miss riding. Two months ago I gave in to the urge to ride again and bought a used Vespa. I'm enjoying riding as much as ever, but I understand the potential dangers. I just try to ride within my own limitations and hope I don't have a bad encounter with a negligent driver. I respect your decision to step off the scooter, but I would advise you not to sell it just yet. After you have ridden as long as we have, it's hard to walk away.
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Glad to see your new scooter has a pet carrier. Clown emoticon
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Were here for you. Things happen that aren't related to riding a scooter. Hang in there. we'll help you thru this.
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George,

What can I say? I respect you holding true to your commitment, but sure hate to think that you won't be out there riding with us.

You were certainly instrumental in me deciding to get my new 2016 Super Sport. I love everything about that scooter, just has you had told me I would.

I was certainly shocked when Chuck got off the phone and told me that yo took a spill and possibly had broken your leg.

I understand what you are going through, as I had fractures in almost the exact locations as yours. Except I started at 16,000 feet to get my broken leg and ankle. And much like your decision, I won't skydive again! So I took up scooter riding!

But seriously, buddy, I hope you heal quickly and ready to take on any endeavours that you decide to take up, even if it is macrameing.

Hope to see you at one of our next functions, your first drink is on me!

Just a couple of cycle pics from our Houston Mods vs. Rockers event this past weekend:
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Wishing you both, Oldscoot and Judy, speedy recoveries. Having accidents in later years seems much different than when we were younger. Somehow in later years accidents are thought to be the fault of our age. It could also be an accident pure and simple. Admittedly, healing from the wounds of an accident might take a bit longer but in the end doing what gives us pleasure might make it worth it. Oldscoot, I recommend healing first and then pick a hobby. Good luck to you!
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As a fellow old guy, who has hit the pavement more than once, my advice is to hang onto your scooter until you are all healed up and spring is in the air.

Good luck.
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TMI Guy wrote:
As a fellow old guy, who has hit the pavement more than once, my advice is to hang onto your scooter until you are all healed up and spring is in the air.

Good luck.
Oldscoot is in Houston so this is actually coming into our best riding season but healing well is first priority I'd think.
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It has been ages since I was on here..

Sending Healing thoughts to both of you!

Cheers!

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young at heart
So does this mean you'll be changing your username to 2Old2scoot...?
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Sorry to read about your spill If you're giving up the road scooters, how about a nice Vespa Segway to ride on the lawn? Razz emoticon
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Re: young at heart
L.A.zybones wrote:
So does this mean you'll be changing your username to 2Old2scoot...?
That's a great idea - but it would require re-inking the "Oldscoot" in Old English lettering tattoo that I've got on my neck.
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Hey OS, you need to slap an engine of that new bike of yours. 170 would do it. Hope this finds you healing up nicely. Sorry about the pain meds making you sick. Morphine makes me puke. Maybe they can give you different ones. Healing thoughts sent your way my friend
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Hey OS, you need to slap an engine of that new bike of yours. 170 would do it. Hope this finds you healing up nicely. Sorry about the pain meds making you sick. Morphine makes me puke. Maybe they can give you different ones. Healing thoughts sent your way my friend
Thanks Judy. I've got surgery scheduled for Tuesday. They intend to put some kind of metal plate in my ankle.

I'll tell the surgeon about the morphine-based meds and get another type.

How have you been feeling? That was a scary episode you experienced. Healing thoughts are back at you friend.
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Sorry to be late with this. Prayers for a successfully procedure and speedy recovery, Oldscoot. Glad to hear you've decided to stay with MV.
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Plate will help strengthen the ankle. It's a good thing. You might set off the TSA alarms so be sure to tell them you have metal in your ankle. Depends on what type of metal they use. My titanium knee sets it off so i take the body scanner. Then they can see it. See if they can switch out your pain meds to one that doesn't make you sick. Your going to have some pain and especially when you are able to weight bear on that ankle. Need to have some good meds on board. Healing thoughts sent your way,especially on Tuesday. Sounds lie you have a good surgeon. Hang in there.
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judy wrote:
Plate will help strengthen the ankle. It's a good thing. You might set off the TSA alarms so be sure to tell them you have metal in your ankle. Depends on what type of metal they use. My titanium knee sets it off so i take the body scanner. Then they can see it. See if they can switch out your pain meds to one that doesn't make you sick. Your going to have some pain and especially when you are able to weight bear on that ankle. Need to have some good meds on board. Healing thoughts sent your way,especially on Tuesday. Sounds lie you have a good surgeon. Hang in there.
I've got a bunch of metal in my left shoulder replacement. In the early TSA days before better detection equipment the devise caused real puzzlement and lots of unwelcome hands on for me. Wha? emoticon
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The best to you and for you while you recover.
Don't forget we need ambassadors to spread the scooter word and bring back good solid information to share ...... Like pictures of scooter chicks for example

This sport/ lifestyle is just too big .

We could at least drink a cup of coffee together and make up crap about stuff that never happened while we encourage others.

8) 8) 8)
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camper wrote:
The best to you and for you while you recover.
Don't forget we need ambassadors to spread the scooter word and bring back good solid information to share ...... Like pictures of scooter chicks for example

This sport/ lifestyle is just too big .

We could at least drink a cup of coffee together and make up crap about stuff that never happened while we encourage others.

8) 8) 8)
I don't regret any of my 51 years of riding for a second and will continue to speak to others about it with fondness. I am going to continue to be active with my club but simply be a rider emeritus.

Coffee sounds great. If you are ever in Houston I'll buy us a cup.

Thanks for the well wishes.
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Oldscoot,

Sorry to hear of your accident and having to face the promise you made. You know what's best for you. I suppose everything always changes and each of us will arrive at our "no more riding" day at some point.

Best wishes on your path forward and the next adventure you can love....

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This is an issue I think about a lot. I'm 69 too and realize I'm not getting any younger, especially in the balance department. I wonder if I can just go on forever or what. Plus, because I'm on blood thinners, any accident with bleeding is much more dangerous to me than others.

My current thinking is that I'm not going to turn myself in an invalid and plan to keep on going as long as possible. That said: One sees almost no truly elderly people on bikes which makes you wonder. I figure if I don't go fast and take advantage of the gyroscopic effect of the wheels, there's no reason to worry about the near future that much.

Also, part of me thinking is, as my father used to say, "Once you hit seventy you're on thin ice." I always figure I'm one little pain or mark on my backside away from some doctor telling me I have cancer, so it's not like I'm throwing away tons of good years if something bad happens
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Vespizzare wrote:
This is an issue I think about a lot. I'm 69 too and realize I'm not getting any younger, especially in the balance department. I wonder if I can just go on forever or what. Plus, because I'm on blood thinners, any accident with bleeding is much more dangerous to me than others.

My current thinking is that I'm not going to turn myself in an invalid and plan to keep on going as long as possible. That said: One sees almost no truly elderly people on bikes which makes you wonder. I figure if I don't go fast and take advantage of the gyroscopic effect of the wheels, there's no reason to worry about the near future that much.

Also, part of me thinking is, as my father used to say, "Once you hit seventy you're on thin ice." I always figure I'm one little pain or mark on my backside away from some doctor telling me I have cancer, so it's not like I'm throwing away tons of good years if something bad happens
Everyone has to come to their own decision for their own reasons. There are a number of folks who ride all their lives without incident. I am not one of those. I've had two road injuries - one of which took out my left shoulder. The ankle is not as bad as the shoulder but surgery, a steel plate and a three month recovery period pretty much sucks. I'm not turning into an old man yet and I've got other exciting hobbies going on.

Also, I've got a seven-month old grandson and I'd like to be around awhile longer.

Ride safely.
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I had my ankle surgery last Tuesday. The surgeon said that everything went well with no complications. I've got a 6 - 8 week period now where I can't put any weight on my foot - which happens to be my dominant foot. So, no walking or driving for this period. Wha? emoticon

In any event I get to ride again when my wife takes me to stores that have the right stuff.
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Glad everything went smooth. I love those carts in stores. Great way to people bowl. Laughing emoticon Hurry up and get better.
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Elite GTS li150 HOG
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OldScoot : Still scootin', now with improved front basket!

Bonus: Now you can criticize the missus' shopping choices from the comfort of your motorized easy chair, not just by tagging along behind her like you used to.

Retirement ain't for sissies; keep up the good work.

Johnny
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2014 GTS Super Sport SE (wrecked); 2015 Genuine Hooligan 170i (sold)
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Location: Houston, Texas
 
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2014 GTS Super Sport SE (wrecked); 2015 Genuine Hooligan 170i (sold)
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Location: Houston, Texas
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montliz wrote:
OldScoot : Still scootin', now with improved front basket!

Bonus: Now you can criticize the missus' shopping choices from the comfort of your motorized easy chair, not just by tagging along behind her like you used to.

Retirement ain't for sissies; keep up the good work.

Johnny
That is true - but I can't run after her after she leaves me at the store and drives off!
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Vespa GTS Super ABS
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OS best of luck on your surgery. I had a compound fracture 4 years ago from a bicycle accident. Took 3 surgeries, a huge metal plate , 12 big screws, and 2 years ( much of it a wheel chair) to fix. Had 13 PTWs when it happened, sold most of them, and thought I would quit riding. As you and others have said, it's tough to heal at older ages, ( I am 67).

Love your new scoot! Maybe an electric motor?
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