About 6 weeks ago I ended up in the hospital and had 3 stints as well as a pacemaker installed in this old carcass. I was unable to ride for 6 weeks as I was not allowed to lift or pull more than 15lbs with the left arm. Yesterday I took Sgt Shultz out for a nice 200 mile ride. I used the fact that I had just painted the rocker boxes crackle red as a cause for celebration. Once again, the good Sargent reminded me why I have been riding BMW's all these years. 81,000 miles, burns no oil, clutch solid, stable as a rock at speed and doesn't gasp and wheeze (SP?) when I get to the twisties. Now if I can only get my lower back to calm down, I can begin to burn the miles in earnest.