Too late for off-road?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by stellars, Nov 27, 2012.

  1. Meersen

    Meersen Adventurer

    Sep 23, 2011
    I am 68 my riding buddy 72 did lot of asphalt over the yrs 1/2 million to million miles . Now retired in AZ and ride dirt, sand ,mountains etc every day. It's like a new life every morning and a riding a new dirt road every day .. You are only old when you say that is for younger people. My 72 yr old friend is better than am and gives me pointers. Get a small bike jump in and have fun no matter the age.
  2. Cromoth

    Cromoth fan of the magic carpet ride

    Aug 24, 2010
    Nice to hear from a fellow Pole! FYI I ride a WR250R, mid pack.
    I've been on several ADV rides & we're always a band of brothers. Help for a mechanical issue or flat is always cheerfully given (except once when someone showed on a half broken bike). I think the attitudes need to be adjusted. You could decide to not let this bother you & keep riding with the group (adjust your attitude) & keep learning. You could get the group together or maybe a few you know the best & talk it over (adjust their attitude), buy some drinks. Find others to ride with & see how it goes. Ride by yourself if you think it's safe.
    Might want to confirm your tires, tire pressure are set up for sand. Ride sand more often to get better. Ask to try the lighter bikes in the group - how's the fast guy ride on your heavy bike?
    When I used to mountain bike with a group, I'd do hillclimbs again while slower riders walked up. Kept the group together & enjoyed a better workout. I'd make sure everyone is in agreement on how to do this safely before just trying it.
    Age doesn't matter; bike weight does but you've got a great one. Here's something to aspire to:
    Highland Park Hare Scramble on KTM 950RSE

    Thanks for the motivation - I'll be sending a few PM's to faster riders I've learned from. StoLot & Happy Trails!