Join Date: 12-22-2014
Location: madison indiana
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So...I had big plans for my f2 this winter. I removed all the fairings and had aspirations to paint the bike whilst it was too cold to ride. At the same time, I planned on pulling the engine, and fixing 2nd gear(occasional pop out).
This all came to a screeching halt when I was blessed with a knee injury. During surgery to repair the two torn meniscus' I had, it was revealed that my ACL was MIA. Long story short, I've been laid up for awhile(almost two months). While I am a ton more mobile than I was, this healing process is all in vain, as I'm awaiting my second surgery(to repair the ACL), in which I can expect a couple more months of pain and healing.
Back to the bike. I had come to the conclusion: I could no longer physically do what's needed, nor would I have the finances, to get this thing ready to ride by the time weather was nice.
Being laid up got very boring. When I got to the point where I could confidently move around without crutches, I decided I would at least spend my time accomplishing something. It was time to put the bike back together. While putting fairings on a bike is a relatively simple task for any able bodied person, it was a bit of a struggle for me(not being able to bend, kneel, get down on the garage floor ect...) so I felt good about my accomplishment.
I ordered a few dress up pieces for the bike, so having the fairings off weren't completely in vain. I bought new oem replacement smoked front turn signal lenses, clear led taillight, handle bar ends..small, simple stuff. It's amazing how just a couple items change the whole look of the bike.
Anyways.. Got it back together last night, went out tonight to start it up, let it run and warm up, and got the itch..Lol. it's not too chilly here this evening, actually rather pleasant. Roads are wet due to recent rain, but I said screw it. It took me a few to comfortably hike my leg over, but I took it out for a spin. Just rode around the block...twice. it's my left knee that's injured, so shifting was difficult(didn't make it past second lol) but all in all, I rode for approx 6 minutes. Might I add, that it was the absolute best 6 minutes I've ever spent on my bike.
I felt like a noob on his first time out ever. I was favoring my left leg, so slightly leaning right. My balance was off. Still, either way, a very enjoyable ride no matter how short or clumsy.
I just wanted to share this story with everyone, because I've still got butterflies in my stomach. So excited...
Thanks for reading.
"4 wheels move the body, 2 wheels move the soul"