OLD Riders

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by ak bike, Dec 20, 2009.

  1. Pantah

    Pantah PJ Fan from Boston

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    I just turned 64. I have entered the Alcan 5000 in 2014. I'll be riding a KTM 690R.

    I generally ride a few dual sport rides per year and I poke around the southwest aboard a Yam wr250r. The new KTM is probably my last motorcycle, though.
  2. Mr_Gone

    Mr_Gone The Lejund!

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    Location:
    Mountain Home, AR
    I worked my interwebs magic and Googled "Alcan 5000" and came up with: it's a tour around Alaska and Canada in August. Sounds like a blast! The site I found was thin on details, though.

    Mostly off-road? Mix of pavement and dirt? Am I in the right neighborhood?

    I'm not sure if it's for me, but I am intrigued. :1drink
  3. gec343

    gec343 Been here awhile

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    Jan 13, 2005
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    883
    Location:
    Evart, Michigan
    I'll be 71 in March, and still tour about 15000 miles a year on my Gold Wing. I always carry my Pug dog on the pillion seat, harnessed and double strapped to the armrests. In a year or two, I'm considering a switch to a Burgman Executive or BMW Maxi Scooter, but really don't know why. I developed my love of two wheels on scooters, and guess I want to experience my second childhood.:rofl
  4. mrmgoo

    mrmgoo beemerscoot

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    Me for one!...I'm 86,as of last New Years day,started riding ('39 Knucklehead) April 1946. and except for a few years while the Kids were growing up, have had some kind of a Bike on the car port all the time! I now have an '04 Harley V-Rod ....'46 Harley Knucklehead with sidecar,and last but definitely not "least" a new C 650 GT BMW Scooter! I love the Scooter concept,not much weight and it's low to the ground! I rode My V-Rod to Sturgis last Summer,and had a wonderful trip!...Went on to Glacier N.Park came back via Bear Tooth Pass then into Yellowstone,then back to Sturgis. I'm in Virginia,so that was a pretty good trip,even for Me! I will ride the Beemer out West this year,lords willing. Now lets hear from some other "Old"inmates!
  5. anotherguy

    anotherguy Long timer

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    the hills
    I'll be 54 next week and that makes 50 years of riding something motorized with two wheels. Another 50 is doubtful but here's to trying. I haven't slowed down any on the contrary I'm riding faster as time goes on. The quality of the bikes contributes to that.
  6. Pantah

    Pantah PJ Fan from Boston

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    It's a time speed and distance competition. About 4500 miles, of which maybe 1800 are dirt roads. Every day they give us a roll chart. generally there are 2 or 3 timed sections per day. These sections require navigational skills and time keeping similar to an enduro.

    The club chases the pack and hauls our spares and gear plus they have trailers to pick up broken motorcycles along the route. I see it as sort of a cruise vacation, except instead of a boat, we ride our dual sport motorcycles and have a little dash of competition sprinkled in. :evil

    There is a big thread on it in the racing section.

    www.alcan5000.com

    key the itinerary and you'll see the general daily route. The specials are not revealed until the night before, so the site won't have details on that.

    Key on the entry list and you'll see who we are and what we plan to ride.
  7. Stu

    Stu Buffo Maximus

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    Eastern YahooLand
    I'm kinda young for this thread. 73. Finally quit racing hare scrambles this past summer and sold my absolutely magic '12 KTM 300 XC-W. Couldn't stand it. Bought a '13 KTM 500 EXC and tricked it out. Out in southern Utah on it in Oct. It is like a heavier version of my 300 and is so much fun I'm thinking about racing it this spring. Heading out this afternoon now that it is finally above 32 to rip around in the woods. YeeHaw!!

    Street riding on the 500 at least has me on an incredibly agile bike when the drunks and cell phone idiots try to occupy my space on the road. Keeps me from being wiped out. When you are suddenly faced with riding in a ditch it pays to be on a bike that can do it easily.

    Stu
  8. ak bike

    ak bike Been here awhile

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    Location:
    alaska 53 years or so
    Mr Magoo , man that's great!!!, I take heart when I see all those years on a bike and your still truckin. Way to go !!!
  9. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    My uncle is in his late 60's, and still does weekend rides in the Mohave by himself on his plated XR400. He's a crazy old bastard who used to race Baja on a big 2-stroke Husqvarna. I don't remember what it was, but as a child the rear fender was above my head. 500cc, I think.

    He is still much faster than me on any bike...
  10. Stray Dog

    Stray Dog Been here awhile

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    Location:
    France
    Well I'm 60 in March.
    Been biking legally for 44 years.
    Just bought myself a Honda Transalp with my pension payout.
    Much to the annoyance of SWMBO....:ddog

    Dog
  11. ak bike

    ak bike Been here awhile

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    alaska 53 years or so
    Got a picture of the trans alps . always wanted one .
  12. folknride

    folknride Old Adventurer

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    Location:
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    I'm 67 (nearly 68 - who sped up time???) and my wife is 66. We're 2 up on our KTM 990 pretty often, and I do some easy adventure on it, but my new kick is my KTM 690 Enduro - it's trying to make me a better rider :rofl.
    We're her in SoCal riding around, and I think I'll store the bike (990), fly down and ride home to Alberta in late May - always wanted to ride the West Coast. Then, hopefully, Baja with AlbertaStrom in August, probably on the 690.
    Use it or lose it!
  13. ak bike

    ak bike Been here awhile

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    Sounds like your having a good time and beating that Alberta weather!! We ve had a warm winter up here but parked bikes. Envy you and hope the may trip works out , that coast weather is fickled but a great ride .
  14. Pantah

    Pantah PJ Fan from Boston

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    Hey folkride. I love my 690 too. I downsized from a 950 I rode for 7 years. I keep a Yamaha WR250R in Arizona that I visit to ride the southwest. In fact I'll visit her next month for a week. I vote store your 990 out there so you can explore the west like I do. Hard to do it justice any other way. :thumb
  15. Phineas Whipsnake

    Phineas Whipsnake Adventurer

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    NorCal Mother Lode
    68 here and having a blast on my FJR. Put 27K on her in a year and a half.:evil
  16. itsatdm

    itsatdm Long timer

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    Nor Ca.
    I just turned 70. Between the age and the nerve disease, I am slowing down or at least need a co-rider to get this damn thing off of me. Maybe just a lighter bike. :muutt
  17. hugemoth

    hugemoth Long timer

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    Sep 6, 2007
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    In the TARDIS
    I'm only 59. Riding all my life and still riding almost every day. Both street and trail. Won't give it up until I'm physically unable.
  18. SkiFastBadly

    SkiFastBadly A beer? Yes, please

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    I can't tell you how happy I am to read these responses. Like most things in my life I came to riding late. (I didn't start skiing until I was 46). I'm 57 and bought my Harley new in 04, so I was....er....48. And I've been pissed at myself for waiting so long ever since. I've put almost 90K on my three bikes, and am delighted to see that I may have another 20 years to go!
  19. YOUNZ

    YOUNZ Been here awhile

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    Around Pittsburgh
    I'm 71 and smart enough to realize that every year I lose a bit of the visual and sense of balance that is only required to ride a bike. Driving a car is easy as ever, although, the eye signal to the brain takes a moment longer than before. For some of the elderly, it's too long.
  20. oldhippie1

    oldhippie1 Been here awhile

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    I'll soon be 69 and ride my XL883L regularily. Been rideing since 1958. Have around 300000 miles.