OLD Riders

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

  1. ak bike

    ak bike Been here awhile

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    Getting older is something we all eventually face. If your fortunate enough to be in reasonably good health and can swing your leg over the seat with some confidence , go for it. !!! :0). 82 and have the hair drier out with 200 feet of extension cord trying to melt the snow off the driveway. Every days a bonus..
  2. RSOJIM

    RSOJIM Adventurer

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    St. Cloud mountains, Florida
    In 1966, if memory is correct, Kentucky required all motorcyclists to pass a written and actual riding test provided by the state police. I had a 66 Kawasaki samurai high pipe at the time. It was February and snowing and I was the first in Greenup County to pass this test. I have had maybe 50 diferent motorcycles over the years. I am 67 now and riding. I have a 82 honda 450 twin, 84 goldwing, 012 kawasaki klx250s. I got the current wife on the goldwing behind me the other evening. She had not ridden a motorcycle for 30 years. After a few leans in slow curves she quit holding on so tight and began to enjoy her ride. Now she wants a trike.
  3. PA RIDER

    PA RIDER Adventurer

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    78 here. Riding over 40 years. FJR is sitting in the garage in PA. ready for
    8K mile 30 day trip to NW USA and Canada in May. My only regret is not discovering off road ADV friding until last year!:cry Too late (maybe not).
  4. dwestly

    dwestly Refuses to Grow Up!

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    This coming Sunday we have to retest a 72 year old student rider trying to get his motorcycle endorsement. The first set of instructors worked with him intensely and he still failed the riding skills test...impressively failed, so they tell me. The problem is not attitude or desire, it is literally physical and mental ability. The first instructors tell me he can't seem to focus for any length of time on combinations of motorcycle control skills, obviously needed for safe operation of the bike. We'll work with him again this weekend, but if he fails the retest (which we're expecting and frankly won't be disappointed if he does, for his own safety), we'll have to fail him out of the course.

    This just points out that all of us have to accept the fact that as we age, our physical and mental processes change. We all will eventually reach the point where the aging process prevents continuing safe two-wheel operation.

    That's when I move to a retirement community, paint flames on my golf cart and start terrorizing the neighbors... :D
  5. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    Hmmm...just shoot me, emkay??? :lol3

    I've been watching Sons of Anarchy and the old guy wears an oxygen feed and rides a trike. LOL.

    I'm the oldest in this fast group from last weekend in Death Valley. We were burnnin' it on dualsports. :freaky


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  6. doxiedog

    doxiedog Been here awhile

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    CENTRAL VALLEY, CALIF.
    68 daily rider,don't own a car.
    Had a rear tire mounted today,
    Wheels were lighter in the past. :D
  7. redog1

    redog1 KLR650-2009

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    Magalia, CA./ Butte & Siskiyou C.
    ...riding better than I ever have and been riding since 9yo.:clap Don't plan on stopping anytime soon.
  8. LUVMYDR

    LUVMYDR Adventurer

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    Where in the Central Valley are you located? Im in Tulare. Could use another ( old Guy ) riding partner.
  9. Phineas

    Phineas Joe Lunchbox

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    I'm only sixty but I'm feelin it. I was diagnosed with an irregular heart beat and put on blood thinners. Blood thinners make you bleed and bruise easily. Literally your brain can explode from the pressure if you hit it hard. I'm afraid to ride in traffic. For the first time in my entire life I'm driving a car to work. On the positive side it's a great way to hear a lot of new music but...

    I put on my leather suit and just tore up Angeles Crest Highwayboth days last weekend. Now that I'm a weekend warrior I find my ridng to be much more intense. That might not be a good thing but I find I can't enjoy books or music or friends or work if I don't get my fix. It's pivotal to my good life.

    I think some people are just born to ride and they can't survive if they don't.
  10. gec343

    gec343 Been here awhile

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    Evart, Michigan
  11. rodznokkin

    rodznokkin n00b

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    I'm 64 and been away from riding for ten years. Back in the saddle now and training my wife to be a good passenger. She has never ridden before but we're planning a mega trip to the Canadian Maritimes this summer. The blood still flows with the thought of a new adventure!
    I thought I might be getting too old for this, but I am encouraged by all the geezers I have met who are much older than me.
  12. ak bike

    ak bike Been here awhile

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    Any older folks heading for Alaska this summer ?
  13. Alcan Rider

    Alcan Rider Frozen Fossil

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    Well... don't know if I qualify as "older", as I'm only 74. But I gotta go get my Concours that I left in Pennsylvania last September and ride it back home to Alaska. Hafta hustle a little too, as I won't be leaving PA until around the end of May, down to Atlanta for a visit, a few more visits along the way, and have to be in Dawson City for D2D by the 20th of June.

    So many miles, so little time. It's tough :ricky, but we manage. :D
  14. smj

    smj Been here awhile

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    Probably not this summer - but next summer it is on the list.
  15. westerlywinds

    westerlywinds Two Wheels-Ride it

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    El Paso?
    I'm 65 started on a BSA bantom at 14. For much of my life my permanent address was BMW motorcycle. now at the same address for 8 years and mostly ride to work and back. several in my family reached their90's so I plan to ride 30 more years:1drink
  16. ak bike

    ak bike Been here awhile

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    I figure your over qualified :0). Sounds like great trip coming up!
  17. InsideThePerimeter

    InsideThePerimeter North GA bound

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    I didn't learn to ride until I was 49. :D
  18. ak bike

    ak bike Been here awhile

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    Gonna drag this thread out again. Life is going pretty good when you are lucky enough to riding that bike down the road . Not many things beat it .When I am on that bike nothing beats it :0)
  19. DudeClone

    DudeClone Long timer

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    started riding four years ago at age 45. i will be 49 next month. i don't consider that old, but old is closer then not at this point in my life. and 45 years old is certainly not when most riders become....riders, i would think. and a daily rider at that

    i think its the years of reference behind me which makes it very special for me, if i may write a bit here about it. i did not grow up around 'cycles and drove in Los Angeles for 27 years before hopping on a bike, which was a 150cc scooter. i always remembered the ONE time i rode a mini bike for a day when around 10 years old. the scooter took me back to that time, but tbh this time was even better, and more than i expected. it was undeniable, i had to ride. what that means to my life is still happening

    this is most likely the greatest thing to ever happen to this guy. i never had kids for reasons beyond my control, for the most part. so lets put that aside. i am not highly educated, have worked but a few jobs, and have what many would consider just a regular 'ol job now. i have had some girlfriends, married once, and am dating now. all those things, common as they are, good as they are, do not and have not done what motorcycling has done for me

    is it something to do with age and experience which makes me committed to riding just about before all else? maybe, maybe not? i don't know what makes young(er) folks ride, or if they can appreciate it as well as i? i know some can. but i always marvel when i read ads for bikes and the seller says "graduated college, finally got a car, don't need or ride bike anymore?"

    'WTF' is all i can say to that. in my mind you should dump the car and all else that is keeping you from riding. or at least keep the bike! but i can't ride or live for others. all i can say is this old man could not trade this for just about anything. and driving in crowded, car jammed, sunny L.A is completely out of the question now

    it has freed me, made me looser and more in touch with the city, and other motorist. today i stopped next to a woman in a car at a light. she had her window half down and was alone. i asked her for directions. but before i got the first sentence out she rolled up her window, looked down and smiled. was she scared? did she think i was trying to pick her up? idk, but it struck me odd. another gentleman, cocooned in his Benz, told me he could not roll down his window further because it was....too hot outside :lol3

    that used to be ME. but now its a new me, pretty much. a better me. all from riding on a daily

    i have been riding the local freeways for a few months, now. tonight, as is usual, i had a few closer calls, and some not so near misses. Lane Splitting 101 is still in session experience wise on the freeways. but i know when to hold 'em, and know when to fold 'em, so to speak, and i saw them coming before the offending drivers knew i was there. i am invisible, this old guy. and i know it. however all i can do at speed is make the best decision i can and keep on riding, head on a swivel when need be. i am also going to make a thread in the regional SoCal forum here, to discuss riding local freeways. tips, tricks, and sound advice i am sure to get from this fine website

    its an inside job, this change i feel. it is starting to feel fundamental, seeping into my bones, and i can't think or see life in any other way atm. i have a lot less years left then i used to at this point, and i see no reason to go back now

    yup, i am old{er} and started out older. do i regret not riding sooner? nope. but i'd regret it for what is left of my life if i stopped riding now
  20. LudemJo

    LudemJo Iron Butt Dreamer

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    Well said DudeClone. Very well written, and hits very close to home as I have just gotten back on a bike after a 15 year hiatus. I am now 56, and have found that riding gives me an energy that I don't get from any car. I love riding, and am now really trying to figure out how to add more bikes to the stable. I commute most every day about 40 miles round trip, and my wife and I take a significant ride two-up out into the country at least once every weekend.

    I am so happy that I have decided to get back on a bike...it makes me feel ALIVE!

    John