When your skills fade what?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by hapbob, Mar 21, 2014.

  1. hapbob

    hapbob Been here awhile

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    When your riding skills start to fade you will know it. Then what are you going to do?
    I decided it wasn't worth risk to me or mrs or anyone in between.
    So sold my 7th Harley a 2009 Road King. Great bike one of my favorites.
    And now I'm on the last Harley of my life .

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    What will you do?
    Hap
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  2. 84blue

    84blue Its time to ride somethin

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    Probably, hopefully, just what you did. Enjoy!!
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  3. Omarius

    Omarius Been here awhile

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  4. Mobiker

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  5. Mobiker

    Mobiker Long timer

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    Hopefully I won't have to decide for another 10-15 years. Enjoy your trike. She's a beauty.
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  6. JerryH

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  7. cls

    cls Long timer

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    They've already faded, as far as reaction time, and they've moderated because of experience, but they're far from gone. I hope to ride 2 wheels until I die. If I have to give it up at some point, who knows what'll be available by then? If it's got an engine, I'm in.

    Very nice trike. Ride on.
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  8. EricD10563

    EricD10563 Been here awhile

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    Your decision makes sense to me and a lot more attractive than the CanAm Spyder. Congrats on your new ride.
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  9. doogiepooch

    doogiepooch Been here awhile

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    I like it. Keep on getting out there whatever it takes. Just wished those 3 wheelers weren't so darned expensive.
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  10. DudeClone

    DudeClone Long timer

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    i'll do what this ADV member did. hopefully it will take me as long as he to get there, too

    its where i started, i won't mind ending up there. especially since one foot is still in that door, as it is

    you just have to realize its been nearly the same thing all along

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=835670
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  11. DudeClone

    DudeClone Long timer

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    oh, and i will also consider a can-am sort of ride. i have seen two older gents in my local area lately riding around on a couple. i know they didn't just start riding being both riders looked to be well into their 70's, or even older

    sure, why not

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  12. basketcase

    basketcase lifelong reject fixer

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    :gerg Unless a health issue strikes that affects my balance, at 58 I think I've got another 10 or 12 years left.

    That said, last year I began thinking along the same lines and did a couple of things as a result.

    First I sold the (860 lb +) Gold Wing I had owned for 10 years and put that money into a rag-top car. So after 20 years of my wife riding pillion and pretending she enjoyed cold, hot, windy and wet, and generally making noises when my riding/driving scared her, now she also gets to drive and sometimes I get to be scared! :lol3

    Her impish grin says it all.

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    After that I sold the DR650. This was harder than selling the Wing. Yes, I had ridden the Wing all over the country, but the DR was my thoughtfully chosen, impeccably cared for, fully outfitted, very personalized steed for a 5,000 mile trip in July 2010 that included about 2/3's of the Continental Divide Trail.

    Well ... the DR was ridden around 300 miles last year. It was time to make another choice.

    The DR was sold with all the gear, tools, and a butt load of extra stuff to a fellow inmate who plans to ride a lot of dirt over the next several years. He got a great deal.

    And that money into a BMW R1100RT.

    The RT is just at 250 lbs lighter than the Wing, and moving it around in the carport or maneuvering in a parking lot is a breeze by comparison. It's not my first BMW but it is my first oil-head. I'm enjoying "going to school" on it.

    Finally, I don't see me on a trike or a Can Am. When it's time for the RT to go, I'll give it all up and take my place on the porch of the old folks home.

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  13. tkitna

    tkitna Long timer

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    When I cant hold them up anymore or I don't feel comfortable, I will definitely have a look at the Spyder. Why the hell not?
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  14. Cakeeater

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    Kinda wish my dad would go in that direction. He's 82, still rides most every nice day. His bike is a 400 yamaha super scooter, which he likes, but he dropped it last year on a hill and burned his ankle. My mom won't go near it (she's smart).

    She'll ride with me, or her other sons…but not her, ahem, old man.

    I tell them a three wheeler would give them confidence to at least go on short trips together. I mean, really, what's risk when you're in your 80s?!?

    I dig those trikes. Huge trunk space. They'd be great for camping.

    Good luck Hap!

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  15. BCC

    BCC I know better

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    My best friend faced that choice too and went with a Spyder.. That or your trike would be my choice too, when needed.

    Good for you. The ''14 Rushmore Liquids are nice bikes/trikes!
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  16. DutchVDub

    DutchVDub Adventurous Pirate

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    I have a deep respect for the trikes, but for some reason I loathe the Spyder. I think when I get to that point I'll add a side car to my bike. Actually, I kind of want one now.
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  17. Cakeeater

    Cakeeater Long timer

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    ps: My dad told me this story when he went to the Harley shop to buy a new leather jacket (My dad is not a Harley guy at all…but he likes the clothing).

    A 91 year old rider had just purchased a new Electra Glide there. He told the salesman he didn't want to buy a used one because he wanted something that would last a long time.

    :clap:clap:clap

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  18. Detroit Steve

    Detroit Steve Homely Adventurer

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    I find it interesting that the title of this thread mentions skills fading and the OP has bought a trike. What about an MSF course? that is where skills can be replenished. Riding a trike takes almost as much skill to operate as a motorcycle in a traffic. I had a sidecar rig for awhile, that takes WAAYYY more skill than riding a motorcycle.

    It saddens me that people that don't take the time to go to school to improve their skills they just buy a new bike.
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  19. Chisenhallw

    Chisenhallw Avowed Pussbag

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    I've played rugby for a long, long time. Every time I go to a coach's seminar, I learn something that shows me a new facet of a sport I've pursued for more than ten years. Even so, some of those skills that I learn aren't too helpful to me, because I'm 42 years old now, and playing rugby at 42 isn't the same as playing rugby as when you're 22. :grim
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  20. Mobiker

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    I like the spyders. Ugly yes, but two wheels in front just makes a lot more sense to me than two in back pushing a skinny front tire. Never ridden either type, so typical internet opinion :evil
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