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Old 02-28-2014, 08:05 PM   #196
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I also bring up he white elephant in the room. Health and taking care of yourself early & late in life. We eat very well & exercise/yoga daily. I'm talking a ton of organic fruits & vegetables, organic brown rice & quinoa, tofu, fresh juiced veggies, smoothies, greens & salads, wild-caught fish, etc. No red meat, nitrate sausages, bacons, excessive fats sugars or salts, no soda, fructose corn syrups, fast food and all the other bad crap out there.

I see ALOT of ride reports of guys showing off there greasy meat & potato meals or burgers & fries. Guess what all that if fun until your body gives out. You are fat, bald, over weight & cancer and death are knocking too early. You need to quit riding because you did not take care of yourself and it's too late. Sure there are stories of older folks not taking care of themselves and still doing just fine. Their food supply was much better & nutrient rich in there earlier years than what we have now. You must choose well these days.
Sound like a pretty boring life to me.

There are no guarantees - plenty of 'healthy' people have simply keeled over dead with no warning. Plenty of 'healthy' people get cancer and die from it and a myriad of other diseases, including nasties picked up from organic food.

The fact is I don't want to reach the end of my life regretting that I didn't ENJOY it, and, for me, food is part of life and enjoyment. I exercise, I've learned to eat in moderation, and I smoke the occasional cigar. Yes, I even eat irradiated red meat. And dammit, I ENJOY it.

When I have to give up riding, I'll be dead shortly after. Even though I don't get to ride like some of you guys do, I look forward to riding to work my ~11 miles almost every single day. Even when it is below 20 outside.

The thought of not being able to ride a motorcycle saddens me right now. Maybe I'll change as I get older.

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Old 03-01-2014, 07:26 AM   #197
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I see ALOT of ride reports of guys showing off there greasy meat & potato meals or burgers & fries. Guess what all that if fun until your body gives out. You are fat, bald, over weight & cancer and death are knocking too early. You need to quit riding because you did not take care of yourself and it's too late. Sure there are stories of older folks not taking care of themselves and still doing just fine. Their food supply was much better & nutrient rich in there earlier years than what we have now. You must choose well these days.
Seriously, what does being bald have to do with any of this?
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Old 03-01-2014, 09:50 PM   #198
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Seriously, what does being bald have to do with any of this?

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Old 03-01-2014, 10:10 PM   #199
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I started riding about a year ago. I'm 24 now, soon 25. I have gone through a lot of what other posters have mentioned. Wrecks that you shouldn't have walked away from, significant others having nightmares and begging me to not ride, and those days where I just feel off.

Motorcycling, especially in SF/bay area can be terrifying. That being said, I love it too much. Possibly when I have children I will reconsider, but for now riding continues.

I think there is a fear of death factors in to the equation. For myself, I have never really been afraid of death, my thought is that, "I'll be dead, I won't care" and fundamentally that is true. Now that doesn't mean I'm reckless, I hate being a burden on others so accidents, getting laid up, not ideal. I also think of the sorrow I'd cause my friends and family, that keeps me cautious. So it is the pain id cause my family by dying or getting hurt would cause them that keeps me cautious, but it doesn't keep me from riding.
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Old 03-02-2014, 04:32 AM   #200
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I also bring up he white elephant in the room. Health and taking care of yourself early & late in life. We eat very well & exercise/yoga daily. I'm talking a ton of organic fruits & vegetables, organic brown rice & quinoa, tofu, fresh juiced veggies, smoothies, greens & salads, wild-caught fish, etc. No red meat, nitrate sausages, bacons, excessive fats sugars or salts, no soda, fructose corn syrups, fast food and all the other bad crap out there.

I see ALOT of ride reports of guys showing off there greasy meat & potato meals or burgers & fries. Guess what all that if fun until your body gives out. You are fat, bald, over weight & cancer and death are knocking too early. You need to quit riding because you did not take care of yourself and it's too late. Sure there are stories of older folks not taking care of themselves and still doing just fine. Their food supply was much better & nutrient rich in there earlier years than what we have now. You must choose well these days.
Men grow bald as a result of high levels so testosterone. Good to see you haven't that problem.

Btw, it's not the white elephant, but the 800 pound gorilla you mean that's in the room.
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Old 03-02-2014, 09:06 AM   #201
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Btw, it's not the white elephant, but the 800 pound gorilla you mean that's in the room.
I know a couple of riders that fit that description. But I'd only call them a Gorilla with a smile on my face. :)

Riding a motorcycle is an optional activity for most and subject to a bit of mental wrestling from time to time.

I stopped riding in 1985 for some years after my 3rd encounter with a cager trying to kill me and she very nearly succeeded. Took it back up in 2005 after my daughter was mostly grown up.

I stopped trying to play at being an MXer in 2007 when I re-hernitated two discs in my back due to a badly cased jump and haven't gone back to an MX track since. I HAVE quit riding MX and doubt I ever will again.

I almost threw in the towel in 2009 when Meniere's was causing me some extreme balance issues. I've since licked Meneries, at least for the time being. I rode through a lot of it, I gotta admit it wasn't much fun though.

Broke two ribs in Oct 2012 trail riding. Was riding again in 4 weeks (carefully).

Earlier this week I went to the ortho for the first time in years because of the increasing back/leg pain I experience. The most recent episode due to a long car ride to florida followed by three days running a Road course on my R6 trackbike followed up with a long ride back to VA. Doctors Verdict: Degenerative Disc Disease. The Doc suggests I stop riding dirt bikes and make other changes to my activities to prolong the time before, and possibly prevent me from having to get two disc fused. I thought about it, it's a reasonable suggestion after all... Nah... Thanks, but I'm not ready to do that.

However, when and if I want to quit I will. I have nothing to prove. When I think it's time to throw in the towel I'll find something else to do. If I change my mind later I'll start riding again. It's rather simple really when you think about it for a second and don't over complicate the choice.
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Old 03-02-2014, 09:18 AM   #202
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Listen to your inner voice.

I rode thumpers when I was in college in the late 60's. I truly enjoyed riding. After college I got married and moved to the Washington DC area. I got into career and family. I kept getting a feeling that something was going to happen with regard to riding. So I quit, sold the bike. Didn't think about motorcycles for 30 years.

Fast forward to 2004. I was 54. My son was going to college and had joined the SAE race car team. He was the engine specialist. They use motorcycle engines in the SAE race cars. We had a friend who bought a ratty running Honda 550 Nighthawk. The cycle shop wouldn't touch it, you know - carburetors. So he volunteered, rebuilt and synced the carbs, and tuned the engine. The friend was out of town when he finished. He remembered that I had kept my motorcycle endorsement and asked me if I would like to test it. Sure.

Well that was a moment! It all came flooding back. Just how fun riding was. I was hooked again and within a few months had a KLR 650. A VStrom 1000 followed that for 80,000 miles. Now I'm 40,000 miles into a Super Tenere.

The little voice that said "stop" earlier is now shouting "GO, GO, GO". I have friends in their 80's (one is 89) still riding and enjoying it. As of now I have no plans quit, and many plans for long trips.

I don't regret avoiding the risk during raise-a-family time. I'm also very happy that I'm back into riding...
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Old 03-02-2014, 09:44 AM   #203
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I don't regret avoiding the risk during raise-a-family time. I'm also very happy that I'm back into riding...

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Old 03-02-2014, 11:05 AM   #204
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Timely reading of this thread for me. I have been riding street since 1990, a few year hiatus in there. I had an accident in 2008 and shattered my arm. I work with my hands ( chiropractor) and did all i could to get back as quickly as possible: my now ex did not work nor show any incentive to (wonder why I am single?). I basically had to take care of myself as well as my family. It sucked and was very painful.

I didn't want to end my riding because someone elses mistake (other driver) so I restored a bike and started to ride again. I told myself i would quit when I decided, not because of anyone else.

Now, I am single, even more issues depend on me than before. I have a 20 year old daughter, and even if I hardly see her, i know what i mean to her in her life. I have to walk , feed and take care of my dog and for those of you who know the bond between man and dog, he really depends on me too. If anything happens to me, I have no one to help me. My income would stop and i would lose everything.

I guess that sucks the joy out of riding for me. Lately when i go out i can't wait to get home. I feel compelled to ride, but I feel I am ignoring that feeling in my gut.

I am heavily leaning towards selling my bike and just keeping my equipment. Maybe later on, who knows.

I reread this today after seeing this thread pop again. I sold my beloved Honda Hawk GT650 in December. It does help that I sold it to a really cool rider who wants to preserve it, instead of "cafe" it


As far as I am concerned, I do not miss riding. If I feel the need for sports driving, I take out my Subaru BRZ. If fulfills a lot of what I got out of the bike. If I feel the need for two wheels, I get out on my road bike (actually, I ride everyday regardless, about 150 miles a week. When I broke my arm, see quote, I wanted to get another moto very soon, but I was crawling the walls because I couldn't ride my bicycle. So the non motorized gene may have a stronger influence on me than the motorized two wheel gene).

I did keep my equipment, I have no plans in the moment to get another bike, but I am ready if/when the mood strikes. So, if this is quits, well, it ain't so bad. If it is not, a hiatus was in order for me. Also, I was riding so infrequently, I didn't trust my skill set any more (from over 10 k a year to under 2 k), and since my bike was old, I was getting negligent about checking it before every ride. I was falling into a complacent headspace, which for me, is not good.

I do best when I am really into what I am doing (skills, maintenance, etc).
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Old 03-03-2014, 01:50 PM   #205
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Just because you decide to stop adventuring by bike, doesn't mean you need to stop adventuring. Get a 4x4, and then you can take a bunch of people with you!
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Old 03-03-2014, 02:47 PM   #206
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Old 03-03-2014, 03:26 PM   #207
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Timely reading of this thread for me. I have been riding street since 1990, a few year hiatus in there. I had an accident in 2008 and shattered my arm. I work with my hands ( chiropractor) and did all i could to get back as quickly as possible: my now ex did not work nor show any incentive to (wonder why I am single?). I basically had to take care of myself as well as my family. It sucked and was very painful.

I didn't want to end my riding because someone elses mistake (other driver) so I restored a bike and started to ride again. I told myself i would quit when I decided, not because of anyone else.
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I do not understand " do not want to quit because of anyone else "... That is exactly the reason you should be quitting. I don't ride in the city of Miami, because of all the other really bad drivers out there. There are a lot of dead motorcyclists because of " Someone Else ". This above all else is a very good reason to quit.

Personally, I try to stay in the dirt, rural roads, and lesson my risk. I love riding, but I know how dangerous it can be... So I do my best to reduce the risk to an acceptable level. I want to ride until I am 80, and the way I plan on doing it is by not crashing, and not letting anyone else take me out. My plan may or may not work out, but I do my best to lower the risk of an injury that stops my working, and riding days altogether. Regardless of what a lot of indestructible, short sighted, and intellectually dishonest super riders will tell you: When riding in traffic, there are many time you are depending on other drivers to do the right thing, and there are many times on a motorcycle when all the skill in the world wont save you when someone else in a car screws up.

BTW, what kind of Dog do you have ? We always had little dogs when I was a kid, and they were nice, but it wasn't until I got my German Sheppard that I understood what an incredible companion a dog can be... Most breeds are just annoying, but a calm, well behaved, intelligent dog is more rewarding than I ever imagined.


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Old 03-03-2014, 05:05 PM   #208
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I started riding about a year ago. I'm 24 now, soon 25. I have gone through a lot of what other posters have mentioned. Wrecks that you shouldn't have walked away from, significant others having nightmares and begging me to not ride, and those days where I just feel off.
This isn't meant as an attack, but if you were involved in multiple wrecks in your first year of riding you should seriously consider packing it in or doing a professional riding course. You may not be afraid of dying, but wouldn't you rather live?
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Old 03-03-2014, 07:15 PM   #209
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and have a new 2014 Yamaha tw200 on order....will be here post 65th birthday{March 16th}....have been riding on and off for 40 years, and plan on using this dual sport for as long as I feel safe doing it. Having said that, I have no desire to do 4 lanes{or more}at 75+ mph....off road, 2 lane rural roads, and my town of 10,000, are what I have planned, nothing more.

It's an individual choice...I remember my days between the ages of 25 and 35 and have no desire to ride like I did back then....I survived, despite 2 nasty wrecks, one my fault, one not....if you fear riding, or have 2nd thoughts....Don't! Just my opinion.
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Old 03-06-2014, 12:21 PM   #210
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As you can see, Iíve been an inmate here for about 9 years. And although I lurk and still post once in a blue moon because I love the sport, I sold my last dual sport bike in 2007 and last dirt bike in 2008. I reluctantly called it quits because of a few crashes.


I was an avid off-road rider from the age of 10 to 18, got my street license at 20, and spent about 7 years doing ADV riding and pavement touring. Unfortunately, a pair of crashes in 2005 and 2006 severely shook my confidence and drained my bank account due to ER visits and shitty insurance. It got to the point where I was more worried about avoiding incidents than enjoying the ride, so I decided to hang it up. Atgatt or not, cars scare the piss out of me when Iím not surrounded by a cage of steel.
I had initially intended to keep riding off road, but the lack of legal off road riding areas anywhere close (the reason I started riding on the street in the first place) made continuing to own a dirt bike seem kind of like a waste of money.


But, as atarijedi said, just because you stop riding doesnít mean you stop adventuring, and I decided to stay on two wheels, just without a motor. In 2010 I rekindled my love of mountain biking after a long absence, and I find it pretty much fills my adventure void. Plus, there are miles of legal trails close to my house, and itís a great workout.


I still love following threads and may get another dual sport one of these years, but I canít see myself ever wanting to ride in heavy traffic again. Modern cars just insulate drivers too much from their surroundings.
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