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Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by _cy_, Feb 7, 2013.
well, imagine that....
I read that article the other day and thought it was a real eye opener. The results were much worse than I would have imagined. Basically young crashes pick up their bikes and ride home while us old dogs take up residence at the local hospital. It got my attention.
Anymore I just tell the DR. " I fell off my horse!"
Seems like alot less trouble/paperwork etc etc!
It's not just falling off motorcycles. Some study some years back found that injuries in car accidents also correlated to age. Our older bodies just can't take the abuse anymore ... :-(
A few years ago, our 16-year-old grandson was run over by BOTH wheels of a Toyota van (hood surfing, stupidity of youth).
Lacerated liver, some rib fractures and a sore back. Youth, cartilage instead of calcification and muscular fitness certainly contributed to the relatively good outcome.
At my age (71), I'd have been like a bug on your windshield. Recent mild "step offs" leave me sore for at least a week. Ian, Iowa
Yeah, you'd think we would all know better by now, eh?
Older Motorcyclists Linked with More Serious Injuries: Grandpa Spending More Time in the Emergency Room
I say good for us, umm, I mean Grandpa! I'd rather spend time recovering from some sort of mishap inflicted on myself than lying on the couch or hiding under my bed fearing one. Fuck that, I'm going out in a blaze of glory! WOOOOOT!!! I'm 55 and still bicycle (on and off-road), ride my motorcycles like a hoon, ski every chance I can, hunt, hike, kayak, cut my own firewood, drive a tractor with a 6-foot bush hog and not so much as a seat belt for safety, raise horses, and even occassionally ride my motorcycles on the Interstate at 80 mph dodging all those other Grandpa's in their battle cruiser cars.
In my experience, getting more beat up from a crash also might be related to the fact that today I ride an 1150cc Big Pig of a "dirt bike" that weighs 550 pounds dry and empty, has 100 HP, and can go 125 MPH. And that thing is a lightweight compared to some of the heavy metal I've owned! When I was younger I couldn't afford stuff like that so I rode a 250 pound gutless UJM. It hurts more when the pig rolls on me than it did when the UJM turned turtle. And yes, I used to bounce a little better too.
Reminds me of comedian Greg Berendt on being over 40: "I used to get sore from working out, now I get sore just from sleeping!"
Older people are more likely to crash (statistically, after 55, the benefits of another year's experience are slight, whereas the typical deterioration in eyesight, hearing and reaction time are only going to increase)
Older people injure worse in a crash and recover more slowly.
Older people may be tempted to push harder (relative to their personal limits) as they have less to lose: If you're going to be dead in 5 years time anyway and your kids are grown up, why wouldn't you push harder than someone in their 40s with a young family?
No real 'news' here, so far as I'm concerned...