Okay in '13 I bought a new RGU so I could enjoy long distance touring more with my M/C club. (Keep my 2000 Heritage for shorter, day rides) In early '14 my back went out (for no apparent reason) and I ended up having major back surgery with the L3 and L4 discs removed and L5/L4 and L3 fused together. Consequently I missed the entire riding season in '14 so that the fusion could properly heal. Started having more back issues again last month and a new MRI shows that now the disc above the fusion, L2, is ruptured and I need another surgery to remove that disc and fuse L2 to L3. Have no idea how this happened and have only ridden the RG on 2 very short test rides since the surgery. Dr and wife both say to sell the bikes and I should give up riding altogether as it puts undue stress on the back and it will probably cause future problems if I continue to ride. I really don't want to give up riding, but I'm not really excited about going thru another back surgery, especially since I don't know what caused the L2 disc to rupture as I've been taking it relatively easy since the last surgery. So my question is, is there anybody out there who has similar back surgeries and are you still riding and how does it effect you? I don't want to give up riding but I can't really continue to live like this (sciatica) and have more back surgeries either. Surprisingly I never had any back problems until last year. I guess my active life style finally caught up with me. I'm retired and really enjoy riding but looking for some advice from somebody who's been there, done that, besides my Dr. and wife.