When do you call it quits?

Discussion in 'Face Plant' started by Colorado Ron, Aug 21, 2012.

  1. Tha Rick

    Tha Rick Shake and bake!

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    It's all good, we old timers can show you how to change a tire by yourself on a trail, get a drowned bike running, and maybe show ya some trails that inspire us.:D
  2. slide

    slide A nation in despair

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    Gosh knows, I need the help. Ride safe, old timer.
  3. NJ-Brett

    NJ-Brett Brett

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    I am 58 and just got back from a short dirt blast.
    I just got a smaller lighter bike and push that to the limit.
    Big bikes in the dirt are not a good idea for older guys, but smaller lighter ones keep you in shape.

    I went from a dr650 to a tw200 which was a bit too slow, to an old xt200 which is a hoot.
    I do not plan on giving up dirt riding anytime soon.




  4. 75bronco

    75bronco Been here awhile

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    This is just friggin ridiculous!
  5. tjzondrz

    tjzondrz Non-Nefarious

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    ^^^^^ What he said.:deal
  6. SGBoy

    SGBoy New Guy

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    Thanks for sharing your story. I have been riding since I was 15 and took time off for about 8 years around the time my first and second were born. The passion to ride came back and my better half fully supported the move to get back into riding. Since that time I have logged many more hours introducing my daughter and son to riding and probably sparked another generation of riders. The big difference in riding after the break was always wearing the gear and that I have the number one priority of making it home as always.
  7. windblown101

    windblown101 Long timer

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    LOL. Around here when a large group of trail riders stop and remove their helmets it's often a sea of grey and/or balding heads.

    Over the half-century mark for me. I'm slow and I don't do MX because I suck and big air and DDD don't mix well but I still like to get off pavement pretty regularly. Insane? Insanity is thinking you'll live forever. Plenty of time to be dead, only a finite amount of time to live.
  8. Jamesx2

    Jamesx2 Been here awhile

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    I turned 50 this past March and just got back into dirt riding. Man I sure did miss the rush from single tracks and whoops. Im mosly a road commuter but not afraid of the dirt . I guess its a frame of mind. Maybe its a mid life thing but if it is I like it and want more
  9. Avi8tor

    Avi8tor ADV Poser

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    This garnered a chuckle out of me.




    My epiphany came last year as I was living out of a chair in our living room after an accident on the way home from work. Several broken ribs and internal injuries.

    I was just sitting there day after day watching my life pass me by. Missed family activities, the kids games. Couldn't sit at the dinner table.

    Also, my wife made a normal 35 minute drive from her place of employment to the hospital I was taken to in 20 minutes. The look on her face (of deep concern) when she stepped into the ER room is still vivid. Believe it or not, she was OK with whatever I decided in regards to motorcycles...God bless her.

    I decided to hang it up. That next spring, my unrelenting desire to ride every day that I have had the previous 7 years was gone...zero.

    Sold the bikes and the Prius and bought a Jeep Wrangler. Almost as fun as a motorcycle. Took it to the San Juans this past summer and solidified a new hobby.

    This questions has been asked before and will be asked again and again. For me, the choice I made to stop riding was very clear.
  10. Domiken

    Domiken Been here awhile

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    Ill stop riding street someday now that I have a little daughter, street riding anyway, track riding will always be part of my life.
  11. Mcreviver

    Mcreviver Adventurer

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    "LOL. Around here when a large group of trail riders stop and remove their helmets it's often a sea of grey and/or balding heads."

    What we old timers need is a helmet with built in hair dye. Every time you take it off, you look younger. :lol3
  12. pne

    pne Been here awhile

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    I've just about given up street riding. Too much risk with not enough reward. One of my close friends just bought a bike and is excited to ride everywhere, even tooling around town and riding to starbucks. I remember back when that was fun to me, now it seems idiotic and a waste of gas.

    I ride a lot of dirt and I've slowed way down. The more I've ridden my dirtbikes the less I want to ride on the street. Mostly because I know how much it hurts to fall at 20mph let alone at 60.

    Once in awhile I will treat myself to a little street ride. I flew to thailand this year and rented a supermoto, spent a week riding around the countryside at a very relaxed pace. A couple months back I rode through BC on a borrowed FZ1, but never broke the speed limit by more than 10. When the twisties came I was happy to hang in the back and just enjoy the scenery. A few years ago I would be in front trying to drag a knee.
  13. Jamesx2

    Jamesx2 Been here awhile

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    sold it and Im done. One crash on the road is enough
  14. toy4fun

    toy4fun GET out of the way

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    During the Rally in the Gorge I went for a ride with three older guys. I must say the one guy scared the piss out of me when we got to a recreation area. He was trying to back up a little and slipped on some pine needles he fell and pinned himself between the bike and a large log. I was the only one that could lift the bike off of him. If he would have gone down at any speed other than dead stop he would have severly injured himself. I suggested to his friends they try to talk him out of anymore motorcycle riding.:cry
  15. moggi1964

    moggi1964 Tiger Keeper

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    Yup! :clap

    Having a kid and a wife (and being 20 some years older than when I last rode) changed my priorities too. Not that I don't still have fun, it's just a different fun than when i was 18).
  16. pjm204

    pjm204 Long timer

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    Maybe I'm too young (28) to know my future but I don't see myself quitting until I am incapable of riding. Anyone that knows me knows that riding is the focal point of my life. I like all aspects of it, wrenching, dirt, touring, commuting. I find joy even when it's raining, sleeting, snowing, or miserably cold.

    I've broken some bones and the first thing I asked when I awoke from surgery was "how quickly can I get back on the bike"

    I think for some riding is a choice and for others, like myself...it is no longer a choice but a necessity.
  17. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    Boring? Fuck no. I'm healthy and travel all over the US and the world. I plan on doing that for all long time and very old in my years vrs all the fat and unhealthy people I see who are all screwed up by their 50s and might not make it to 60. If that's for you then yeah just dump on your body, health and well being.

    I plan on riding as long as possible, hopefully on 2 wheels well into my 80s.
  18. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    Nothing really. That should not have been in there. My apologies to those folicly challenged.
  19. Bucket1960

    Bucket1960 Been here awhile

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    +1 :ricky:super

    I started at 8yo & have only stopped for a two year period due to work.
    Riding is like breathing to me, an absolute necessity.

    Riding is not for everybody & we all do it differently.
    Some, should never have bothered with the effort :lol3
  20. NJ-Brett

    NJ-Brett Brett

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    I am lucky to live in an area (South Jersey) where I can do a lot of street riding with almost no risk.
    I can even get to other states for long rides without having to use high risk roads, but most of my street riding is local, within 100 miles of home, its safe, and I have a lot of fun doing it on smaller bikes (TU250 and SR400 at the moment).
    Its very fun to ride a small light under powered bike at lower speeds.
    I can ride up to Trenton and cross over the river into PA and enjoy those very nice roads, all the way up to NY state.
    Easy to do on a 250 up to 75 or 80 mph in the few fast parts.
    Its a lot of fun, 40 miles of the same old roads, or a longer trip exploring new roads.
    Its been 35 years without even a close call for me...

    And ALL my broken bones (10 at last count) have been from dirt riding.

    Around here at least, it seems easy to ride almost risk free if you want to.