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Old 12-30-2009, 08:39 PM   #91
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Any of you older guys or gals planning a ride to Alaska in 2010 ?? I am not sure what old is as my reference is getting WARPED. I'am planning a trip from Washington to Ak in late May...
I may be intersted, but my 91 year old mother presently in a rest home will be the determining factor. She is failing badly, but if she pulls through this spell, I won't be able to go. Her mind is gone, but me being here in Michigan when she makes the great move to the next stage will be a requirement for me.

I am 67, ride a Honda ST1300A, plus always take my Pug dog with me on all trips. I think we have some common ground. I ride about 15 to 20 thousand miles a year.
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Old 01-01-2010, 07:29 AM   #92
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Any of you older guys or gals planning a ride to Alaska in 2010?? I am not sure what old is as my reference is getting WARPED. I'm planning a trip from Washington to Ak in late May...
I rode to AK when I was young, at 58 years old. Continued on to Deadhorse too, on my BMW-RT. My riding buddy on that trip was what you may consider "getting old". He was 61 at the time, riding a '78 GL1000. He rode from his home in FL, and I'm in MN. Go for it!

I have a Mexico and SA trip in my sights. I'm also an active long distance Iron Butt type rider. I'm 60 right now with plenty of riding years left and too many places to see.
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Old 01-02-2010, 03:30 PM   #93
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I'm 62 1/2 I'm healthy and see no reason to stop riding.

I got my first Harley at 16. Did the dirt bike thing in the 70's. Street bike in the 80's. Slowed up a bit then came back to dual sport and touring, the best yet.
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Old 01-02-2010, 04:24 PM   #94
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63...still ride to work every day unless there is ice on the road
Yeah, I ride to work every day too, but got caught in the freezing rain the other day. Still kept the wheels on the road, but was slick. I'm 60 years old and been riding since 1962.

My little brother and I rode our S-32 Suzuki twins (16hp 2-stroke twins) to northern BC in 1966. Great two month adventure. Dick was 16 years old and me a year older.

Gene, my riding partner is 78 years old, and says he'll give up riding two wheelers when he's 80. He has two Honda 750's and a British bike that he'll sell or trade for a trike. Here's a picture of Gene on his Honda.

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Old 01-02-2010, 04:27 PM   #95
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Gene's British bike

Here's a picture of Gene's British bike. Don't know how he can switch from riding a Honda to the Brit bike in the same day and still shift and brake correctly. It would mess me up.

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Old 01-02-2010, 06:34 PM   #96
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I'm 54 now and have no plans to quit riding much to the chagrin of my wife.

Anyway, before the 2008 Baja 1000, I rode down to San Felipe to meet up with Airborne Andy to do some pre riding. I hadn't met Andy in person yet, just knew he was riding an XR650. We were going to meet at the El Capitan Hotel and I was waiting in the parking lot. A couple guys came in riding XR650's so I waved them down. Not Andy. The 'youngster' was 74 and was still fired up from the day's ride. The senior member of the duo was 83 - still riding dirt in Baja on a kick start XR650. I told him he was my new hero - meant I still had 30 years of Baja riding left in me. He's still my hero.

Of course, I told my wife that and just got a long eyeroll and pffffft!!!!
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Old 01-02-2010, 07:57 PM   #97
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I may be intersted, but my 91 year old mother presently in a rest home will be the determining factor. She is failing badly, but if she pulls through this spell, I won't be able to go. Her mind is gone, but me being here in Michigan when she makes the great move to the next stage will be a requirement for me.

I am 67, ride a Honda ST1300A, plus always take my Pug dog with me on all trips. I think we have some common ground. I ride about 15 to 20 thousand miles a year.
My compliments to you , you have your prioritys right ! One of these days tho you'll get the opportunity to get that ride in.. complete with the pug...
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Old 01-03-2010, 05:03 PM   #98
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Two years ago (at 56) I rode solo Ushuaia to Alaska
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Old 01-03-2010, 05:05 PM   #99
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At 57 I did a season of AHRMA racing on my Thruxton...back for more this year!
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Old 01-03-2010, 05:07 PM   #100
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And two days ago (58) I was still playing in mudpuddles....

TIME IS A MAGAZINE!!!!!
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Old 01-03-2010, 08:07 PM   #101
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At 57 I did a season of AHRMA racing on my Thruxton...back for more this year!
Hey Grins you may have well raced against my dear friend Charlie Steinman who scoots a Thruxie in AHRMA events. Here's his take on the last session @ Barber.
http://www.lonestarcycle.com/barber1.htm
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Old 01-03-2010, 08:41 PM   #102
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You bet I know Charlie... We pit together, hang together, eat & drink together...and yeah, WE RACE TOGETHER. Charlies fast at Barber, he showed me his tailpipes. We start again at Roebling Road in late Feb, then March 1&2 WFO on the banking at Daytona.

I'll meet ya in Peggy's Cove the next time I'm up your way. Too bad that roadrace never happened on the Cabot Trail. We need a NA TT!

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Old 01-04-2010, 06:47 AM   #103
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I'll meet ya in Peggy's Cove the next time I'm up your way. Too bad that roadrace never happened on the Cabot Trail. We need a NA TT!

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I'm heading down to Austin in May for my annual scoot the Hill Country.
Let me know when you decide to ride out here by the sea and we'll get Mr. Steinman up.

He loves it up here.

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Old 02-05-2010, 06:16 AM   #104
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How old is too old? My father died while riding a motorcycle when he was almost 95 -- yes, that's not a typo. A young lady pulled out in front of him from a stop sign onto the state highway he was riding on. He got his first motorcycle when he was in the 8th grade. We rode together often, and I still miss riding with him.
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Old 02-05-2010, 12:02 PM   #105
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Wow, 95. I am 58 and have 3-1/2 years left before I hope to be able to retire so I can ride more. Try to get in a two or so overnight or longer trips per year now but the job constrains much more than that. When I finally have the time, hope that I still have the $$$.
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