Anyone living with a chronic disease is forced to make changes in their life. My life has been full of them over the last 8 years. Some changes were out of necessity while some changes came from a personal desire to continue doing something I love to do. While my RA has been semi behaved for the last couple of months, it has reminded me of our impending winter this past week. We have had a couple of cold fronts move through and I would notice more stiffness and pain as much as six hours ahead of the fronts moving in. I can hardly wait til the real winter starts ... I was getting bored with feeling reasonably good.
My latest change involves purchasing a new motorcycle to make it easier to ride with RA. Saturday I bought a 2009 Kawasaki KLR 650 in pristine condition. It was painfully stock and obvious that the bike had never left the asphalt, it had street tires on it. I couldn't help myself, I had to take it out for a ride today. Obviously it was not going to handle very well riding it on dirt with street tires, but I was amazed at how smooth the ride was on it. The bigger, heavier bike was absorbing so much of the vibration and shock while riding ... my plan for this bike appears that it may work out. I have my work cut out for me though, phase 1 will involve stiffening up the suspension while mounting some Dunlop 606 tires front and back and moving the license plate location. Phase 2 will see the addition of handguurds, handguard protectors, GPS mount, triple density grips and possibly grip heaters. Phase 3 will consist of a slip on FMF Powercore 4 exhaust, opening the air box up, possibly rejetting the carb if needed and a rear master cylinder guard. There are other mods I am wanting to do to it, but that will get me started anyway.
I would like to wish everyone out there a Happy Thanksgiving. I can't believe it's already time for Thanksgiving, where has this year gone to? May you be able to enjoy it with family and friends.