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Old 03-09-2013, 08:38 AM   #166
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I never dreamed I would stop riding, but now this has got me thinking twice. The old saying "you know when you know" sure holds true. I just cant believe that I have no desire to ride...... maybe ever.....
Interesting thread. I've been riding since I was 17; am now 63. I've had 7 motorcycles and have put about 300,000 miles in the saddle. During the 80's I rode my BMW R80/7 daily for 6 years, rain/shine, light/dark, hot/cold; one morning I rode to work when it was 24 degrees below zero. Toward the end of the 80's when leaving from home or work I found myself always getting in the far left lane of the interstate and passing everything in sight just to get where I was going; the joy was gone. I realized I was headed for trouble and sold my bike with no intention of ever riding again. Twelve years later my wife asked me if I had ever thought about riding again. I said no! She said I just didn't seem to be having as much fun anymore. That stung a little, so I began to research the newer BMWs and finally bought a GS in 2004. First few months I felt as though I had made a colossal mistake, but with time I found I loved riding every bit as much as I had before. I've been in most States on that bike.
So it's ok to quite riding, but it doesn't necessarily mean you'll never go back to it.
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Old 03-18-2013, 03:14 PM   #167
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Here is my story

I spent ....
7 years skydiving
23 years snowboarding, 8 in big air freestyle comps
7 years downhill and freeride mountain biking. Big cliff drops and skinny bridges
6 years rock climbing, 2 years without rope
13 years on motorcycles

I have lost...
1 friend at 23 in his sleep
2 friends at 23 in the rhode island club fire
2 friends under 40 skydiving
4 friend due to illness.

Statistically i should be dead or in a wheelchair. I went to work one day, got hurt, spent 3 months in hospital, and spent the last 15 months relearning how to walk from a wheelchair. I can now walk with braces and a cane. Life is never known. Live how YOU want and do what makes YOU happy. If its riding, ride. If not..sell it and find something new. I am at the point now where I can entertain riding. I will ride. It makes me happy and you never know when its your time.

Every day and every memory is a gift. Make the most of them doing what makes you happy.
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Old 03-18-2013, 03:51 PM   #168
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Do what makes you happy,

I helped a brother through rehab after bike crash and i hated it, 12months of hell.


Sold my sports bike and got a dually,,,,,,,,
I now ride all the time again SAFELY

ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN TO YOU AT ANY TIME, The world can be a dangerous place,

If you still enjoy riding, dont be scared of WHAT MAY HAPPEN...DO IT,,,,
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Old 03-25-2013, 06:53 PM   #169
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I am 61 and have been riding since I was 11. I just had my fourth heard attack two weeks ago. I have already been back on our Honda Helix for two short rides and plan on riding my Vstrom to a rally next weekend if I can get it back together in time as I tore the back end off it for some work to it just before my heart attack. The work is done, I just need some days with the temp above 50 to get the work done.

I have thought about quitting riding but I get such great joy from it I don't think I can. I don't really worry about getting killed on my bike but it scares the crap out of me to think that I may get crippled from an accident. Dying doesn't scare me anymore. Hurting does.

I do understand where the OP is coming from. I stopped riding when my wife got pregnant with our son. Started again when he was in Highschool. Felt like a big part of me was not fulfilled during that time I wasn't riding but having my son made it worthwhile. I would do it again.
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Old 03-25-2013, 07:09 PM   #170
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Hey Doug, seems like us KY riders have had a bit of bad luck, can't compete w/ a heart attack and don't want to. Hope your feeling better soon, try to quit smoking that might help you......

I hit a goat march 9th, thank goodness for AGATT, was unconscious for over 5 minutes. I was told my head hit the pavement, and the old G/S was lying on top of me.Nothing a few bruises and very sore hip joint and pubic symphysis. 1st week recovery a pretty tender, but now I'm at about 85% but still stiff in the hip. Of course I've been back out on the motorcycle. back on the bicycle trainer last Friday, then on the road Sat, trying to loosen things back up ASAP.
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Old 03-26-2013, 01:18 PM   #171
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Old 03-27-2013, 06:03 AM   #172
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Four Heart Attacks and Still Smoking?

" try to quit smoking that might help you"
Still smoking? You gotta be kidding? Say you are kidding.
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Old 04-02-2013, 02:58 PM   #173
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Several months back my 85 year old dad called it quits. He low-sided his 2012 HD Dyna in a slow 35 mph curve. Last thing he remembered was watching the front tire near the fog line, then looks up at a para-medic standing above him. Good thing he started wearing a full face instead of the Harley 1/2 shell! Face sheild and chin bar took a beating for him!

1 week in hospital and 6 in assisted living/rehab. Dad had been riding since the late 30's, it was hard to believe it when he said the Dyna was for sale.
His choice alone, no pressure from any body else. "You chose wisely" Dad.
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Old 02-24-2014, 04:08 PM   #174
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WOW!! Im shocked after reading all this! I haven't been back since page 4! Sounds like the post was good for some! Just to fill everyone in:

Kid #7 is here! Apparently my wife was pregnant when I left for that trip so who knows, but I think someone was looking out for me!!

Last week I was in the shop cleaning things up for spring. With all the previous years it also included going through my bike. Out of habit I pulled the cover off totally expecting to see my bike and not a pile of broken parts. I decided to walk over to my neighbors and take his bike for a ride. It was a nice day and it just felt right.
"IM BACK IN THE SADDLE AGAIN!!!! Im back....." is the song lyrics I could hear over and over playing in my head. It felt great.

I put the Africa Twin in the center of the garage, and started removing parts. Everything is now inventoried and I have just placed a rather large order with Rugged Roads to create the ultimate Africa Twin, nicknamed Resurrection!

Take care everyone and ride safe!
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Old 02-24-2014, 04:11 PM   #175
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Oh, and to let everyone know that I wasn't completely out of the game, I now am one of the owners of the Colorado Motorcycle Expo and Pit Rally.
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Old 02-24-2014, 06:50 PM   #176
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WOW!! Im shocked after reading all this! I haven't been back since page 4! Sounds like the post was good for some! Just to fill everyone in:

Kid #7 is here! Apparently my wife was pregnant when I left for that trip so who knows, but I think someone was looking out for me!!
You really need to keep that thing in your pants.

I've been off the street since mine started riding in the dirt seven years ago. He's progressed from a 50 to now, a 250 (big kid). Too many nights stacking KTM 50 clutches, too many miles chasing $10 trophies, but looking back, I wouldn't trade a minute of it.

It's been a lot more fun watching him mature as a rider & riding with him every once in a while.

Hopefully you'll have as much enjoyment teaching & watching your gaggle of kids ride as I have with mine.
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Old 02-25-2014, 05:29 AM   #177
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Hopefully I won't be calling it quits until they're reading me my "last rites".
WOW!
Since that post (1/13), which was typed with a broken wrist from a dirt-bike high-side, I had a hair raising street bike crash in June 2013. I hit sand in a beautiful turn at almost 100 mph, and low-sided my lovely ZRX 1200. Got away with some nasty road-rash on my right calf, knee, and elbow, and that was it. Leg wound was my fault due to shitty pants. Do I know better? Yup, but wore them anyway. Oh well. Ground a brandy new Arai FF all to hell, but I'm no uglier than before the crash.
Bottom line........
time to call it quits?
HELL NO! I was ordering parts for the bike 2 days after the mishap.
Turned out quite nice too........

Going stir crazy now because this winter will not end, and I WANT TO RIDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 02-25-2014, 08:50 PM   #178
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Wow. Nice thread.

Sometimes you have to listen to that Inner Voice. When I was 17, I got T-boned on my bike and took a break healing, finishing highschool and going to college. Finished school, got settled in a career-job, bought my BMW bike in '74. Rode for years. But went through a divorce and social restructuring in 1990, and the Voice said take a break. Settled in and bought a house in the late '90's, resurrected the R60 and started riding again. I enjoy riding, but sometimes a vacation from it helps.

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Old 02-26-2014, 06:24 AM   #179
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I thought when I first saw the dates that someone had resurrected an old thread and the original poster was long gone from the forum, but I browsed on over to the last page and see that you're back and in the saddle again after taking a break. Congratulations on the new member of your family.
Since it's been a while, did you keep your motorcycle endorsement on your license? May I gently suggest going ahead and taking a rider course as a refresher to get your sea legs, so to speak, back? If nothing else, maybe your insurance company gives 10% discount on motorcycle liability insurance for taking an MSF course. Even if you don't feel like you want to take a course again, if you start to feel odd back on the street, or your family is nervous, it can be comforting to get on a motorcycle range and run through exercises. At least, I find it comforting, but conducting motorcycle courses is my primary job. You could check your area for Bike Bonding, Ultimate Bike Bonding, and Advanced Rider Courses. Those are new, more advanced, courses MSF has come out with in the last couple of years.
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Old 02-26-2014, 07:14 AM   #180
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I'll never hang up the leathers. That being said, I've definitely have had my fair share of get offs in numerous different scenarios. Trial by fire I guess. It would be excruciating to become paralyzed from a bike or to have some sort of injury that would prohibit motorcycle riding/day to day life.... But as a motorcyclist, a rider simply cannot afford to think those thoughts. If it happens it happens. Once thoughts start creeping in your head ( the what ifs) its over. Live, learn, move forward. No time for dwelling.
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