Long time no ride ... a bike and a piece of advice

mrgilmore at aol.com mrgilmore at aol.com
Thu Jan 8 10:27:11 PST 2009

Dear Paolo,

Sorry to learn of your mishap.? I hope you have a speedy recovery.? I've broken both of my clavicles on my GPz, so you're not alone.? Backpack or not, the impact of hitting the ground will snap your clavicle easily.? Tough recovery, but it gets better.? I ride again, and won't preach too much about "getting back on the horse".? It's a personal decision, and you do what's right for you.? I'd bet however, that after a year or so of not riding, you'll be lusting to ride again.? That is, if actually enjoyed it before.? LOL!? How can you not love riding?? Especially out here in sunny S. CA?? Maybe we can ride again in future.? Look me up, in Altadena

Aloha Nui!
Ron Jordan

-----Original Message-----
From: Paolo D'Alberto <paolo.dalberto at gmail.com>
To: Kawasaki GPZ1100 discussion <gpzlist at micapeak.com>
Sent: Wed, 7 Jan 2009 3:09 pm
Subject: Long time no ride ... a bike and a piece of advice

Dear Black-GPZ owners (sure red's as well but no blue's) :D

I have not been accessing this list for a while. Since I went to Pittsburgh
PA in 2005.
I have not been riding much mostly commuting and I get rusted on the bike
and with the proud members of this list. Now I am in San Jose, CA.

I am here to look for anybody interested to take my GPZ96.

I have to quit. Four weeks ago, I had a slide and I had a close encounter
with the cement. The motorcycle went sliding and so did I. I broke my right
clavicle and I will be out for a while. Besides, my wife has a great excuse
to neglect my 20 years of riding experience and push me into a car.

The motorcycle has scratches but there was no real collision (frame is
intact) a friend rode it back home. Thus, the motorcycle will be a project
or a frame to cannibalize for your real bike.

If you interested we can talk separately on the other topics such as price
and pictures.

I will conclude with a piece of an advice: do not ride with a backpack. I
was doing 25 mph and fall and slide quickly happened and ended.
I was wearing my backpack with the company apple laptop. In my opinion, the
back pack was one of the major reason why I broke my clavicle or collar
bone. While on the cement sliding on my right shoulder, the back pack pulled
backwards. I have still the clear line of the backpack shoulder strip across
my pectoral and on the right side where the bone snapped. If you commute as
I did, remember to leave those items on the motorcycle and not on you.


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