OLD Riders

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

  1. 390beretta

    390beretta Long timer

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    Well, I'm 66 and two summers ago, my wife and I (she's 20 years younger than I) rode for six months mostly off road on the great trails around Moab. However, we did use good judgement because some were beyond our skill level. She rode a Kawi Super Sherpa and I rode a DRZ 400. Nowadays, we ride road bikes; '88 K75 and she has an '08 Versys. I ride mine nearly daily as primary means of trans. I always feel much better when I ride, both physically and mentally and she loves to ride. We're planning some longer trips this Spring/Summer. As someone said: "You don't stop playing because you get old, you get old because you stop playing".
  2. Reverend12

    Reverend12 Well there it is..

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    56 and ride over 25,000 miles a year, have 4 motorcycles, daily ride is an FJR.
  3. ak bike

    ak bike Been here awhile

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    Hey ski fast badly what areas do you ski down there...You guys got it pretty good this year . We are having a bummer this winter to date. I,m into dreaming of taking the ferry to Bellingham with the bike and riding down the west coast then back to ak. In June , camping. I'm never going to give up dreaming. :0)
  4. SkiFastBadly

    SkiFastBadly A beer? Yes, please

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    None, actually. I took this name when I lived in Park City Utah where I was a season pass holder at the Canyons, but moved to the Seattle area four years ago and have gone only once. Hell, I can ride all year round, why would I ski?
  5. ak bike

    ak bike Been here awhile

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    Now that's a good point..
  6. DAKEZ

    DAKEZ Long timer

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  7. LUVMYDR

    LUVMYDR Adventurer

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    I was a desert rider here in CA for years. Im 57 now and my body is beat down, so I switched to Adv/Dual sport riding. Much easier on the body after 4 knee surgery's,broke back, and countless other issues. Im loveing it and dont plan on sittin on the couch anytime soon. ( Shhh, I still sneak a desert ride in once in awhile ) Just dont tell my wife.
  8. Racersteve

    Racersteve Adventurer

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    61, two bikes w/ e.t.'s of high 10's, race KX450F in dirt GP's monthly, practice weekly. You're only as old as you feel.
  9. PVRnick

    PVRnick Pennsy Flyer

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    I'll be 62 in May. Started riding street bikes in 1966, mini bikes before that. Have always had bikes to ride through it all.
    Sometimes it was a 100.00 clunker and sometimes it was a new BMW, but there has always been a bike in the garage.
    Couldn't live without it ! Keeps you young. Looking forward to semi-retirement in a few more years and a lot more time to ride !


    Nick
  10. ak bike

    ak bike Been here awhile

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    Are there any older riders thinking of a trip up the alcan this coming spring -? Any one plan on camping out ?
  11. hugemoth

    hugemoth Long timer

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    I'm considering it this summer. Too much rain in the spring, and I camp out exclusively. It's been 35 years since I last rode the Alcan and I hear the road is mostly paved now.

  12. gec343

    gec343 Been here awhile

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    I'm 70, and am seriously considering another attempt at Alaska. I was enroute there from Michigan in 2011, however, my pillion buddy, Pugsley, became quite sick, probably from the constant heavy rain, so had to belay the trip a bit. We made it as far as Smithy, British Columbia, then headed for Prince Rupert, took the ferry to Vancouver Island, etc. This time, Pugsley will have better gear for that trip.
  13. easyrider88

    easyrider88 POsIng PrO

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    thanks for the old mans page.just turned 60 myself.i ride alot slower these days.not that i cant run on the interstate also.i really enjoy touring on secondary roads instead of jam packed interstate highways.i like that saying from jimmy carters day.BE NIFTY DRIVE 50.
  14. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    Nice thread. Odd it took a 3 year hiatus.

    Just 55 here but feelin' it. The gnarly singletrack stuff on lite bikes is getting more and more difficult. Well, I shouldn't say difficult, I can still do it, but I'm sore for a week. The dualsport and roadie are more enjoyable. I guess we have to decide what's enjoyable and comforatable and what we have to let go.

    Glad to see all the old timers here, very encouraging.


    Two new bikes in the past two years. :clap


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  15. Al Goodwin

    Al Goodwin Long timer

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    48 here.....I'll be racing the Perry Mountain 24 Hour Challenge, in the 40+ Ironman class, once again this year. I'll be riding my trusty XR400 once again. I finished 3rd in my class last year.

    I rife a KLR650 almost every day, 62,000 miles on an '06 model.
  16. ak bike

    ak bike Been here awhile

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    Its great to see the response from riders getting a little up there in age and having a ball riding that bike. Gotta tell you doesn't matter where I am going as long as I got wind blowing on me . There is somthing about riding that bike thats pretty hard to explain to folks not into it , your on this net so you know what I mean.. Should a trip north work out for some of you give me a heads up I have a spot for a tent . :0) ride safe
  17. motu

    motu Loose Pre Unit

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    I'm 59, turn 60 this year, I've never been without a bike since I was 16. I don't ride off road much these days....not for lack of wanting to. I settled for just riding trials, but didn't ride at all last year, for some financial and some physical reasons....making some changes to the TLR200 and will get out there someday. My road riding is back roads where I seldom see top gear, and still do as much gravel as I can find. I still think I push the bike pretty hard, but on gravel have lost the ability to just toss it in and ride way over the limit - nice little tail slides coming out of corners are the thrills I get these days.
  18. ak bike

    ak bike Been here awhile

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    Hi Motu, sounds like you are hanging in there . Gotta give it to you, gravel is somthing that I try to go around. The bike you mentioned is one that pretty appealing . Wondering what part of New Zealand your in and how the riding is down there . ?? New Zealand is special..
  19. windburn

    windburn Long timer

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    I'm really enjoying retirement. I have accumulated 47,000 on two bikes since I pulled the plug. The free time has allowed me to explore America on two wheels. I ride a Honda Silver Wing with 600 cc's. I'm restoring and enjoying a small a Honda Trail 90 just for fun. I have traveled in 15 states and Onterio Canada. Really I'm just a kid in experience compared to most you. I have only been riding for 5 years if you don't count a few small Honda's when I was in high school and Collage.

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  20. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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