I've suffered from lower back pain and sciatica for many years. I've tried chiropractors and injections with no relief. So, I found a highly-regarded orthopeadic surgeon and am having an L4 L5 fusion and bulging disc surgery on May 5th. The Doc said it would take about two months before I could start doing some normal things. I told him I had a month-long motorcycle tour planned for later this summer and he advised that I should wait three months after surgery before attempting something like that. Is he being overly optimistic? If you've had similar back surgery, how long before you could get back on a motorcycle?