You may recall a couple of months ago, I posted the story of Vladimir Yarets, the Bylorussian deaf/mute round-the-world motorcyclist who was severely injured in a bike/semi accident in Illinois last October 13th.
Vladimir has been recovering - first at OSF St. Francis Hostal in Peoria, Illinois...and currently at St. Clare House -- a nursing facility.
Vladimir suffered a broken pelvis, two broken ankles, a broken arm, and head injuries. He was - literally - dead when ambulance crews first got to him.
On the seventh of this month, Vladimir was able to stand and is now able to walk slowly.
Last Saturday, we held a pizza party for Vladimir, and told him that he was being given a used BMW F650GS to continue his world trip.
We're still working on gear for him...and we have been able to locate an F650 manual in Russian.
He'll officially be presented with the bike Saturday Feb 7th at the Cycle World M/C Show at Rosemont. ((at least, that's the plan now))
What we're looking for now is F650-specific gear/information which will make riding in third world countries easier/possible.
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