OLD Riders

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

  1. Tom48

    Tom48 Been here awhile

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    Fremont NH
    Old is a state of mind. I'm 61 and rode 19K this year after being terminated in my last job. I have 4 motorcycles, and will ride as often as I can. Last week, I had a cochlear implant to improve my hearing only after I found out that my helmet will fit over it.

    I exepct to ride until my number is up
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  2. Land

    Land Wanderer

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    Upstate SC
    I'm barely middle-aged (I'll turn 40 next month :D ), but there is a gentleman in the little local club I'm in who rides regularly and year round on his HD sidecar rig. He's 84 or 85, used to race flattrack back in the day, and did a multi-week trip to the Rockies a couple of years ago with his 200-plus lb grandson in the hack. He's one of the coolest, most interesting and funniest people I've ever met. :nod

    Chris
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  3. peterman

    peterman cop magnet

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    Springfield,,,,like the Simpsons,,,orygun
    Isn't there another thread just like this?
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  4. badbob7

    badbob7 n00b

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    Will be 74 in Feb. Have Drz400, Dr650, Buell Uly. In 2008 did 10,000 on my Dr650 in N. West, camping most of the way, was gone 3 months. In 2009 rode mostly in Colorado, EngineerPass, Imogeen Pass, Hurricane, Corkscrew, Stoney,American Basin, Bristol Head.:eek1 Not as good as i once was, but will keep riding till i run out of money or can't get my leg over, which ever comes first! Also rode Moab.
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  5. rxcoop

    rxcoop persnickety curmedgeon

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    cultural mecca of mid-atlantic
    64 yrs old here....kidney transplant 14 yrs ago. been riding since 1968 and put 12k on my 07 tiger1050 so far this year.....

    will buy a ural or a spyder when i dont feel comfortable on 2 wheels anymore; but hopefully that will be several years down the road. [​IMG]
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  6. ak bike

    ak bike Been here awhile

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    alaska 53 years or so
    Man its good to hear from older riders . besides bikes we got age in common ... If we are fortunate to be able the keep hammering away life is good and Bikes Rule ...:0) You can ear mark this and if any of you get to Anchorage , Alaska the coffee is always on .
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  7. ak bike

    ak bike Been here awhile

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    Sounds like you are out there trucking doing what a lot of folks would like to be doing .
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  8. ak bike

    ak bike Been here awhile

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    alaska 53 years or so
    doesn't matter
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  9. shovelstrokeed

    shovelstrokeed Been here awhile

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    Location:
    South Florida
    67 here and put 27K miles on my Triumph Sprint since March of this year and 3k miles on my Aprilia Tuono Factory last month. I was off bikes for about a year after crashing my Blackbird up in Indiana, not cause I didn't want to ride, just a bit too banged up. Been riding all my adult life, which started about 5 years ago. I had about 50 teenage years of riding before that.

    I do wonder who that old bastard is that I shave every morning.
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  10. Jamie Z

    Jamie Z Long timer

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    I did a group ride a few years ago which had a participant who was into his 70s.

    When he'd get off the bike I noticed that his hands and head trembled. On the bike, he seemed perfectly in control. He wasn't the fastest in the group, but I don't think that had anything to do with his skills or age, he just liked to take his time. He was very calm, easy going, and laid back.

    He'd also customized his bike quite a bit more than most of the other riders in the group.

    Jamie
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  11. Grumpy

    Grumpy Grumpy

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    Location:
    Lower South Coast, Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa
    69 Here :evil still run my own business and ride every day cause I can in our weather - son (36) has a KTM 950 and we ride dirt together whenever we can :1drink :D
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  12. carolinarider

    carolinarider n00b

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    63 here, have three bikes, put about 20,000 miles on them a year. This year was a slack year though. Building a house and its had an impact on my riding. Probably only got 15K this year. But there are still a few days left.

    Not old, just more experienced than others.
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  13. Oznay

    Oznay Been here awhile

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    Growing old is inevitable,growing up is optional, I refuse to grow up. There'll be 65 candles on my next cake,been riding since'65,put on a tad over 20,000 miles this year,adding the miles on both my'92 GS,and my'04 R1150R.
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  14. motorcyclefanatic

    motorcyclefanatic The name says it all

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    Thanks for this thread. I just turned 50 this year and was starting feel my best years were behind me. Well, maybe they are, but as long as I have my health there are still quite a few good ones to go.

    I've been at it since my Dad bought me that first mini-bike at eight years old. With any luck there's still another 25 or 30 years of riding left in me. I just wonder if all my old petro powered bikes will still be usable. Who knows what we'll be riding by then.
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  15. markk53

    markk53 jack of all trades...

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    :ken








    all in fun... 56 and still sliding...
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  16. BMWGEEZER

    BMWGEEZER Adventurer

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    I will be 70 on my next birthday. Rode my R1200GS on a solo round trip to the Arctic Circle from Indianapolis in June, 9254 miles in 15 days. Started riding on my 65th birthday and now have over 55,000 miles all on BMW's. Own my own business and work every day.
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  17. Uncle Ernie

    Uncle Ernie Long timer

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    Beans.
    Did I already post a response to this...?
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  18. 2slow

    2slow Road toad

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    Stafford, VA
    Shouldn't you at least have to be old enough to draw Social Security before you post here?
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  19. Douf

    Douf Limey Bitch

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    Close to Cumming (GA that is)
    My Dad's 76. We did a week long 2K trip around CO/UT last summer - he rode my Speed Triple. He's been riding since he was a kid and went to the Isle of Man for his honeymoon (I was apparently named after Phil Read). Bought his first dirt bike at 69.

    [​IMG]

    Douf
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  20. Motopapillon

    Motopapillon Eppur si muove

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    SW OR USA
    I don't think I'm actually OLD just now, but I'm probably looking at maybe
    approaching borderline oldishness in a few years, perhaps. To get all
    chronometrically hyperprecise, I'm 65, but it doesn't seem to make much
    difference in the saddle. Well, maybe my judgement has matured somewhat.
    This makes for more fun and less catastrophe, which I don't mind.

    One perk of impending seniority is that when I take off my helmet the LEO
    sees someone old enough to be his father, or maybe grandfather. On more
    than one occasion this has resulted in a warning instead of a performance
    award.

    No complaints.

    M-P
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