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Bikes and Ageing.

Discussion in 'Australia' started by grumpyoldbstrd, May 23, 2017.

  1. grumpyoldbstrd

    grumpyoldbstrd Been here awhile

    Sep 16, 2007
    Melbourne, Australia
    Have now been retired for a number of years and have started to notice how quickly the weeks and months fly past. The “ What, it’s your birthday again – wasn’t that just a couple of months ago?” excuse has worn a bit thin.

    You usually know the day, month and year, but don’t know the date, and don’t really care. You are so computer illiterate that the kids have selected and organised your email address – (thanks kids – “Grumpyoldbstrd” is very apt). The biggest concerns in your life are whether there’s enough gas in the BBQ bottle, and if the booze fridge is stocked up.

    You couldn’t be bothered going for a ride because you’ve been there a hundred times before. It gets harder and harder to walk out your front door, and you spend too much time on the ADV Rider site.

    The body starts breaking down, the teeth start falling out, you get cataracts and macular degeneration (that’s a bit of fun when trying to judge distances). Getting on and off the bike is harder. Crawling out of the tent in the morning and getting to my feet is now a source of amusement to my young friends. And let’s not talk about the bladder wake up calls in the middle of the night. My favourite Stephen Fry quote – “I don’t need you to remind me how old I am – I’ve got a bladder to do that for me.”

    Romping around on the floor with grandkids is a fond memory. Speaking of fond memories, whatever happened to the “Morning Glory” I used to wake up with every morning? Or when sitting on the bike for hours, the knees lock up and you can’t put the feet on the ground when you need to stop. How about when sitting around the camp fire and getting in and out of your Helinox, you almost fall face first in the fire? You have to plan ahead and bring the Bundy bottle with you before you sit down. And what about cutting those bastard toenails when your ankles, knees and hips don’t work so well, and you’ve still got to bend over that ever increasing gut?

    Also, most of your old riding mates are either dead, maimed, incapacitated, or senile – (oh shit, could be guilty of this myself).

    Sorry, just venting. The old bones are giving me grief – Winter must be on the way.
  2. Woody2627

    Woody2627 Grey Wobbler

    Nov 11, 2008
    What? :gerg
    diabolik37 likes this.
  3. PIC

    PIC What

    Mar 22, 2006
    Smythesdale, Victoria, Australia
    So, having a good day then are we?
  4. PBee

    PBee ...---...

    Jun 4, 2009
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  5. GodSilla

    GodSilla I did that.

    Sep 21, 2006
    GodSowncountry Australia
    I'm sorry to hear your feeling a bit out of sorts there grumpy. I got some winter aches too mate. It's just a function of getting older. My eyes aren't too bad but, thankfully, that must be difficult to get used too.

    I'm doing it while I still can, but the day may come when I can't as well (if I live that long). I'm not into freezing cold nights any more either, so late autumn through to spring I don't camp out much any more, if at all. That's what summer is for these days.

    If it's a nice day, maybe take a ride, just 'cos you can.
  6. Moff52

    Moff52 Been here awhile

    Dec 10, 2014
    Hi Grumpy

    I can relate to many of your ventings. Old bones and a life time on injuries come to the fore in the colder months to follow. Getting old is a real bastard but they say its better than the alternative.
    Ernbo6, pops and Bounty1 like this.
  7. JohnG.

    JohnG. Long timer

    Mar 18, 2006
    Cooma N.S.W.
    One of the reasons I now own a DL1000A.
    They are just easier and undemanding like car (oh shit must be aging)
    AZ Pete likes this.
  8. Happy Snapper

    Happy Snapper GOMOB.

    Feb 14, 2009
    Brisbane, almost heaven!
    Know how you feel OP.

    Mid 60s now and everything aches first thing in the morning.. and I hate sleeping in tents and then trying to get out of them and stand up first thing in the morning.

    Overnighters are now spent in Motels with comfortable beds and heating / AC etc.

    Always eat dinner at the local pub or cafe.. stuff sitting on the ground and cooking some shit to eat.

    Camping stove collection now covered in cobwebs in the shed.

    But.. surprisingly, my sore back issues I have had from about 50 have virtually gone since I got back on 2 wheels after a 25 year break.... I reckon it is all the constant standing and moving around on the pegs on dirt roads that has helped that.

    My issue as an old fart is.. can I pick up a 1200 if it falls over?

    Well about a year ago it did fall over out the back of nowhere and I really hurt my knee.

    Short answer is.. I couldn't pick it up because I was in too much pain.... but riding mate Goosefether came along and we got the bastard back on its feet.

    I am enjoying growing into a really grumpy old bastard, love the bike.. but starting to think of something lighter for me in the next couple of years.

    If only the Versys 300 was a 450 or if they made the Versys 650 the same as the 300.

    Then there are Enfield Himalayans... but quality issues are a concern for me.

    So.. keep growing old (the alternative is shit house) and keep on riding.

    I just pick my roads now.. too snotty and I find another way... and ride with younger guys. Always make me feel young.... and I am thankful they put up with me too!
    Ernbo6, Mouse, BygDaddee and 7 others like this.
  9. gavo

    gavo Slacker

    Jan 5, 2010
    Gympie QLD
    Your doing something wrong, a man is only as old as the woman he feels.:hmmmmm
    I get the bladder thing, if i want a whole nights sleep i don't drink and the floor is a little further away when i drop something.
    But you have to move it or loose it, it's never too late to turn your fitness around, just harder.
    I walk and exercise first thing, before breakfast so i don't talk myself out of it. Yes sometimes i skip it but i can feel the benefits. If you sit still you'll petrify. :lol3
  10. Beet

    Beet adventurer

    Nov 26, 2005
    I honestly can not be bothered reading all of all the posts but I got the gist. I've also been thinking about age of late, I'm nearing 60 and have never been happier, healthier and more contented. Life is just so great and out there to be enjoyed. At my latest Gathering SA SIDECARS at Whyte Yarcowie the oldest rider award went to Dud a young 93, still riding, sleeping in a tent and chating to all. Don't know where I'm going with this but get out out the way as I for one want to ride that hard hill, buy that other bike and plan that outback trip. I'm off on the weekend on the postie with some others, just love getting older. Regards Beetle
  11. flinders_72

    flinders_72 Long timer

    Apr 21, 2008
    Murtoa, Australia
    I asked the optometrist the other day if I need glasses and he said my vision was 50/50. Woohoo!!! j/k Let's see... in the past 2 months I've had referrals to the psych, physio, podiatrist and surgeon (go in on Thursday, minor) and had 2 GP visits and 2 blood tests but according to the lady who did my health check, there's not much wrong with me! Really, if we can get on the computer and have a whine (and why not, in moderation) we're doing ok compared with many.
  12. Dave Ward

    Dave Ward Long timer

    Aug 19, 2007
    King River, Western Australia
    In my 60s now, I've found it quite rewarding to do some jogging & going to the Gym - it's the only way I can hear heavy breathing these days...
    OC, pops, JohnG. and 9 others like this.
  13. XRman

    XRman Long timer

    Dec 9, 2006
    SW Victoria Oz
    F72 how are your teeth?
    Tenerrod likes this.
  14. flinders_72

    flinders_72 Long timer

    Apr 21, 2008
    Murtoa, Australia
    Still have my own :D
  15. grumpyoldbstrd

    grumpyoldbstrd Been here awhile

    Sep 16, 2007
    Melbourne, Australia
    Crickey Beetle,
    "Nearing 60"??? - I thought you were doing OK for a 70 year old. Sorry mate... it must be the beard.
  16. Blakduk

    Blakduk Just trying to get by.

    Sep 30, 2007
    You just need to buy a new motorbike.
  17. troy safari carpente

    troy safari carpente Team f5oolery

    Nov 21, 2005
    "Swednavia" - f5ederation of Scandwegia
    This should cheer you up...


    Little bloke: "Grandpa... do farts weigh anything...???" :eek7
    Old bloke: "No!" :gerg
    Little bloke: "Damn it... I've shit myself, then..." :uhoh

    Grumpoldbstrd: "Did I suffer from alsheimers or incontinence... I forget...?" :scratch
    "Oops... now I remember...!" :eek7 :rofl
    Ernbo6, Tenerrod, pops and 9 others like this.
  18. Eaglebeak

    Eaglebeak All roads rider, West Oz.

    Jun 29, 2005
    Find another interest that compliments the bike riding.

    Me, I decided to e-mail my local council, lobbying for them to replace some bike bays that they built over with cafe seating. I also asked them to consider sensible footpath bike and scooter parking and asked if all bike bays were full could I park in a car bay without a ticket.

    That was lots of fun !
    Took them 10 days to acknowledge my first e-mail and in that they promised to reply with an answer within 10 working days.
    Of course that didn't happen.
    It was great, I kept the correspondence going back and forth for about 6 weeks, bitching about their lack of attention.
    Of course, since we do not provide parking revenue, they replayed in the negative to the first two, but said I could park in a car bay, but to pay for a ticket and take a phone picture of the ticket, in case it was stolen or blew away.

    Complaining, it's the privilege of age.
    In the old days it would have been letters to the editor, but I'm new age.

    E-mail is the modern way to be a proper grumpy old bastard ! :lol3 :rofl
    pops, Kimi, nry and 6 others like this.
  19. J_B

    J_B Mid-life Crisis

    May 26, 2010
    Cottesloe - Western Australia
    Grumpy Old Bastard ,

    Don't throw in the towel , just ditch that shit BMW and buy a full worked KTM500 , looking at it in the shed wil stir your loins ....plus it only weight 112kgs so if you fall off it or it falls on you ..it will be superficial
    Jergy1952 and gavo like this.
  20. bigborett

    bigborett Hipster

    Nov 29, 2014
    Narre Warren Victoria
    Aren't you retired Kym?
    Still trying to drum up business.
    XRman likes this.