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Old 04-21-2014, 02:47 PM   #241
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Ha ha I'm kind of busted. I do play video games but on a PC not a video console.
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Old 04-21-2014, 04:19 PM   #242
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It's all good, we old timers can show you how to change a tire by yourself on a trail, get a drowned bike running, and maybe show ya some trails that inspire us.
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Old 04-21-2014, 04:31 PM   #243
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Gosh knows, I need the help. Ride safe, old timer.
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Old 04-21-2014, 04:55 PM   #244
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I am 58 and just got back from a short dirt blast.
I just got a smaller lighter bike and push that to the limit.
Big bikes in the dirt are not a good idea for older guys, but smaller lighter ones keep you in shape.

I went from a dr650 to a tw200 which was a bit too slow, to an old xt200 which is a hoot.
I do not plan on giving up dirt riding anytime soon.




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You don't say how old you are, but I think anybody who is 40 or over and still riding dirt is insane and asking to be crippled for life.
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Old 05-12-2014, 07:52 AM   #245
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You don't say how old you are, but I think anybody who is 40 or over and still riding dirt is insane and asking to be crippled for life.
This is just friggin ridiculous!
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Old 05-12-2014, 08:52 AM   #246
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^^^^^ What he said.
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Old 05-12-2014, 12:05 PM   #247
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WOW! Thanks for all the feedback guys. I have been giving it heavy thought over the last couple of days and this is my first time back on here only to find 3 pages of comments. Thanks!
To clarify things:

  1. We are financially set, my wife would never have to work outside the home should she choose.
  2. My wife has ALWAYS encouraged my passion for riding, its always cleared my head and help calm me down when stressed.
  3. I have logged over 100k miles of dual sport riding, so I have pretty much been through it all. This is not the first time Ive been down, so Im not considering quitting just because I laid it down once. The drive to ride isnt the same as before (which is a complete shock to me).
  4. Yes it was rider error. What was my hurry someone asked? Beautiful day in the Rocky Mountains on winding mountain roads, no hurry just enjoying the curves. Wasnt that I couldnt hold the corner, just leaned too far and dragged the peg and my foot too hard causing me not to recover in time in the corner. 45mph road. I was doing 50, but hit the 25mph corner and thought I could hold it. Oh well, it happens.
  5. I agree, I think Ill take the rest of the year off. Sell the Africa Twin for now and see what next year brings. My son is 14 and I saw him gawking at a 67 Mustang Fastback. Maybe its time for a Father/Son project and worry about riding once the itch is back. Until then, maybe Ill get back into drag racing and show my kid how we used to do it back in the day!
Thanks for sharing your story. I have been riding since I was 15 and took time off for about 8 years around the time my first and second were born. The passion to ride came back and my better half fully supported the move to get back into riding. Since that time I have logged many more hours introducing my daughter and son to riding and probably sparked another generation of riders. The big difference in riding after the break was always wearing the gear and that I have the number one priority of making it home as always.
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Old 05-12-2014, 03:42 PM   #248
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You don't say how old you are, but I think anybody who is 40 or over and still riding dirt is insane and asking to be crippled for life.
LOL. Around here when a large group of trail riders stop and remove their helmets it's often a sea of grey and/or balding heads.

Over the half-century mark for me. I'm slow and I don't do MX because I suck and big air and DDD don't mix well but I still like to get off pavement pretty regularly. Insane? Insanity is thinking you'll live forever. Plenty of time to be dead, only a finite amount of time to live.
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Old 05-13-2014, 09:16 AM   #249
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You don't say how old you are, but I think anybody who is 40 or over and still riding dirt is insane and asking to be crippled for life.
I turned 50 this past March and just got back into dirt riding. Man I sure did miss the rush from single tracks and whoops. Im mosly a road commuter but not afraid of the dirt . I guess its a frame of mind. Maybe its a mid life thing but if it is I like it and want more
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