OLD Riders

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

  1. OhBoy

    OhBoy Got Out

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    Started on a Vespa at 12, now retired riding a KTM at 62.
    Looking forward to many more days with the knees in the breeze.
    May have slowed down a bit. Haven't received a Driving Award for many years. (knock on wood) Had a few warnings. Having ATGATT, good attitude and a white beard helps when some young whipper snapper stops and checks out the Old Man.
    Try to keep it fresh...
    Ride with new people, sometimes take a pillion, find new roads, and I only ride when feeling good. (for safety) No hangover riding for me! Know when to ride aggressively and when to coast along with the pack. Blast off or back off!
    Learning more about bike maintenance all the time. Glad to have discovered this site. It is the greatest resource for useful information and unmitigated BS ever to behold.
    Stay tuned...:D
  2. 390beretta

    390beretta Long timer

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    I haven't read all the replies, but I'm 68 and ride a 26 yo K75 and just bought a 2014 DL1000......ride almost daily. Planning a trip to Baja in Nov. My wife, who is 20 years younger than I rides an '09 1250 Bandit (which I originally bought for myself):D
  3. 390beretta

    390beretta Long timer

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    Yep!
  4. Dave92029

    Dave92029 Been here awhile

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    Just "celebrated" my 67 birthday. One week latter purchased a new 2014 BMW G650GS. The Givi windscreen should arrive today and the Jesse bags arrive tomorrow.

    I still enjoy adding accessories to a new bike and planning trips. Seems like most of my riding friends are are my age or older, so I don't feel "old" yet!
  5. scfrank

    scfrank Old farts riding club.

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    I understand that. I look in the mirror and see my father looking back. 67 yrs old. Enjoying retirement and the time I have by riding.
  6. Stray Dog

    Stray Dog Been here awhile

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    France
    I'm 61, been riding since I was 16, so 45 years so far
    Still not sure if I want it as a permanent hobby...:freaky

    Dog
  7. wadenelson

    wadenelson Rider/Writer

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    I'm 58 and my goal is to one day drag knees/elbows on The Snake right in line with the 20-somethings and end up on one of RNickeyMouse's NON-CRASH compilation videos!

    Stupid?

    Probably, but that's what keeps me young!
  8. DougFromKentucky

    DougFromKentucky Just a good 'ole boy

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    We all hit old age at different times. Up until I was 50 I was fit and could do almost anything I could at age 21 and in the US Marines. At 50 I had a big heart attack that was followed by a quadruple heart bi-pass. That broke my health, I still rode 15,000 to 20,000 miles per year. Within the next year I developed multiple diseases in addition to my heart disease. Still, if I set my mind to things I could still do many things that I had done before. By my late 50's I noticed that I was slowing down, riding only 10,000 to 15,000 miles per year and could do less and less (three more heart attacks in those years). In the last couple of years even my motorcycle riding has slowed. I pretty much stopped riding my V-Strom as I was having pain pulling the clutch. Bought a Burgman 650 with an automatic transmission a little over a year ago to keep riding. This summer I have put less than 2000 miles on the bike. I just don't feel good enough to ride most of the time now. My Cardiologist told me yesterday that I have run out of options. I now have unstable angina at rest and there are no more meds that can be added to help. I am now SOL. Still riding in my head every day even though not so much in reality. I do get the bike (the Burgman) out when I am feeling better and at least ride locally some (about once every week or so).

    What I am trying to say is that to enjoy riding. I started riding at age 11 and have loved each and every moment of it for my entire life. And remember, you aren't old until your body tells you that you are coming to the end. Only then, when your body is giving up on you; then you are old what ever age that is.

    An old man who still rides,
    Doug from Kentucky
  9. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    Sorry to hear that Doug. Pretty tough to just go ride when you're not up to it.

    I always chuckle at these young guys on the forums talking about weight of bikes and how 'you should just spend a little more time at the gym'. Yeah right, huh? I tell 'em wait 'till you're 50 and then talk to me. I'm not getting any stronger or faster, nor younger. The bikes are harder and harder to pick up so I've just decided to not ever lay them down. :D

    :freaky
  10. DudeClone

    DudeClone Long timer

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    this is a very inspiring, and sobering, post. thanks for putting it up

    if i may ask, what is wrong with the heart? do they just start going bad at 50? heck man, it sounds exactly like we are discussing a part on a motorcycle

    "it was great until 50K. these fuel pumps usually fail around 50K. and even once fixed they can go down again"

    i really look after myself, too. and get check every few years. but i have had chest pains most of my life. even now. but the docs swear my heart, and all related, are fine. i have no blockage, build up, or otherwise. "healthy" heart, they say

    i say i can't be too careful and like you, love to ride. so, what of these heart attacks? i hate when i read "it can happen to anyone." i think 'if it will happen to anyone it will be me, with the chest pains since his 20's'

    hope not
  11. bmwgo

    bmwgo I love moto's

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    Coming up on 55 after 25 years working in the California power sports industry. Most of it with BMW, Ducati and some years with Japanese made products. Fortunate enough to retire early, now I ride motocross in the fall and winter months, in the summer it's day rides on my T595 Triumph Daytona (it an old 98 year model but I love it). Last year my wife bought me a 90th anniversary R12 GSA I ride most now ( I never imagined I'd ever own such a nice bike). She is wonderful.

    I have always loved moto's but rode mostly because the industry didn't pay very well, but I loved bikes as well as on and off road bikes, so a car wasn't affordable with the cost of living in Ca. Rode the Santa Cruz mountains for 20, years now I'm in the Central Valley very close to the Sierra mountains, I don't live in a studio apt scraping money, and living on peanut butter sandwiches and lunches at the rescue mission. Once I was a transmission away from being homeless for six months, while my two bikes lived in a storage locker. Sad days.

    Thank The Lord those days are behind me. I've always tried to be kind to my fellow man and those less fortunate. Things changed for me quickly. My first love from high school found me and we married in 2012. We've always been crazy about each other. Now I'm living a life I never dreamed possible. I had always thought I would have to work till my grave. Even so I never grumbled and accepted life as it was. I've served God as best that I could since my youth and now I have time to serve and ride more. I don't post much but love reading about all these "Inmate adventures".

    Things in life can change in an instant and I could right back where I was, but I've always been happy rich or poor as long as I had a bike.
  12. asphaltsurfer1

    asphaltsurfer1 CatManDoo

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    Approaching 58 riding for 34 of them. Hope to go out on two wheels instead of ending in being spoon fed oatmeal in a nursing home like my Dad. He was most afraid of that himself. I just hope going out not too soon.

    Hoping to work for 4 for years before being forced into retirement that is becoming all too common nowadays. Haven't done bad but it will certainly be a huge lifestyle change. Maybe I'll just go homeless for a very long ride if my health permits:lol3

    Moved from racing enduros/cross country in my teens and 20s to a 82 Sportster that my Dad and I rebuilt. Moved into various sport bikes and an Electraglide in the 30-40s until my old back forced me to naked bikes around 50 and the weight and lack of ride quality on the Harley pushed me to Advnt touring. Sort of like coming home from dirt bikes again.

    Hypocritically discouraged my children (2 girls) from street riding after they grew up on a Yzinger 3 wheeler. Now entering the Grandson phase of life and wonder how I will or won't pass the tradition down. One is 2 and all about "cycles" already. Makes me happy and scared at the same time. The Son-in-law for the newborn has already expressed concern of Granddaddo making motorcycles too cool. Well they are too cool but I fully support their parents discouraging them into a very dangerous but fun sport. Hopefully if either do decide to enter into the sport in the coming years Granddado will be fit enough to help guide them into MC safety as an exMSF Rider Coach. That would be a fitting end for an Old Rider.
  13. ayeroller

    ayeroller Adventurer

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    We were in NC a couple of weeks ago for the Buells in the Alps rally we had a Buell rider come down from Columbus, Ohio onn his bike he was 71 and then we met a rider up at Mt.Mitchel riding a ZX6 decked outnin full red leather he was 81. These guys give hope for the future
  14. Kiba

    Kiba Dances With Huskies

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    Not sure if it's too distant to be relevant here, but the fellow I bought my TT350 from was in his late 70s, living in the California desert. He sold it because he could no longer kickstart a bike and was planning on getting something with electric start instead.

    I hope I end up having to "give up" kickstarting at 78...
  15. ak bike

    ak bike Been here awhile

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    When you get to the realization you are finally getting older you gotta adapt and improvise . :0) haven't got to the point of looking for a stump to swing a leg over the bike but it's an option that shouldn't be ruled out.
  16. kenbnt

    kenbnt Adventurer

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    I'm 44 been riding since 15 and I hope I can still ride when Im 81 that will be a blessing. After my deer strike last oct. my coworkers ask "your still going to ride after that?"I can honestly say that until they asked the option of "not riding anymore" had really not entered my mind as part of the incident. Not trying to be brash or tough but "not riding" just did not enter my mind as a possible result of the crash.my wife just rolled her eyes when I told her what they ask me. She said" your coworker dont know how stupid you are ,I knew you wouldnt stop riding".:D
  17. ak bike

    ak bike Been here awhile

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    :0)
  18. 390beretta

    390beretta Long timer

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    There sure are a lot of "inspiring" comments on this thread. I should have read all of them sooner. Thanks everyone!:D
  19. Pantah

    Pantah PJ Fan from Boston

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    Last year I visited my little dual sport in AZ. It had been left there from the previous season when I rode the CDR. On this trip I was struggling trying to complete Camp Creek Wash, which is a big natural drainage that goes about 12 miles and drops some 1500 feet to Rio Verde. I logged onto this forum for tips to help me out. Finally I spooned some fresh knobby's and freshly armed with my tips, I made that wash end to end without any drama. :clap

    One of the inmates then invited me to join him and another rider for a trail ride somewhere around Bumble Bee. So I showed up at the agreed spot and pulled off my helmet. After a long pause, the inmate ask's me "How old are you anyway...?" :rofl

    The day went well, although something called Turkey Creek fairly kicked my ass... I was 64 at the time, but the other rider who joind us was my age too! Of course, he was a lot more skillful than me. But it was a really good day.

    I've noticed there are a lot of riders of my generation still doing dual sport charity rides and such. For those that still compete, they even have special classes for us. :devildog
  20. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    My uncle is in his early 70s, and just retired this year. He has been riding dual sports and dirt bikes all his life. He bought a BMW F800R last year, and is about to do the Iron Butt from Mexico to Canada in 24 hours.

    Between chasing motorcycles up Big Bear in his Porsche, bombing the Mojave on his plated XR400R, and touring the western states on the F800 BMW, he literally has no time to post on the internet. :lol3