Still riding?.. Definitely!

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by Jim Day, Jun 3, 2020.

  1. Disston

    Disston ShadeTreeExpert

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    dazz, could you post a larger photo of the garden James? I love motorcycle art work. There were a couple of burned up Harleys in Baltimore a year or so ago but apparently the guy moved because the bikes are gone.
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  2. Pokie

    Pokie Just plain Pokie.

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    I'm not all that old but arthritis has me pretty limited. I still ride but not much anymore and, same with me, no more long distance. It's a bitch getting old.
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  3. dazz

    dazz 1947 Famous James.

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    JamesSnow.jpg JamesGarden.jpg JamesSnow.jpg I've had this James since my father passed in 1970. I seized possession and hung it in a pole building keeping it out of the way and safe. Now I see it each morning. Spent a lot of time with it but never rode it. I've only put air in those natural rubber inner tubes several times over the years!
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  4. 100RT

    100RT Long timer

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    Dazz, Dont tease them with a picture of that 57 Chevy convertible out in your cornfield!
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  5. Beemeup

    Beemeup 1978 R100/7

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    I'll be 66 in a couple of weeks and 42 years with the bike. Still going strong!
    (the bike, that is)
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  6. Pokie

    Pokie Just plain Pokie.

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    You NEED to bring that James back to life, it really does have value. I think you put those photos in just to bug people like me.
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  7. radmeister

    radmeister Been here awhile Supporter

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    64 for me and i am just getting started. i am a slow starter.
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  8. Anatoli

    Anatoli Pale rider

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    My trail riding buddy is 77 and kicks my butt. A typical ride last 5 hours. I am 67 and have trouble keeping up in the steep singletrack. We ride all winter in the snow too. Some guys are just legend.


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  9. tlub

    tlub Long timer Supporter

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    66 here. Been riding since I bought my 1967 250 Harley/Aermacchi Sprint at 17. That bike drove me to BMWs in desperation. Been here ever since (1966 R50/2 butterhead at 20; 1972 R75/5 at 22; added an R69US at 30. The last two are my daily rides still. Can't ride until June 24, when my torn biceps tendon should be fully healed. Feeling good, though.
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  10. cwroady

    cwroady Broken Arrow Moto

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    Let me tag on to the Dazz post showing his yard art with a few pic's of mine. I picked these up off CraigsList several years ago for just this reason, never any intention of refurbishment. They had been left outside for way too many years, but were both bikes I owned in my youth so I grabbed them. Been riding since Jr High in 1968 and proud to say I have never been without a bike or missed a season of riding in these past 52 years. 831BAB95-45DA-43BB-AB8E-99AFD79BFDA0.jpeg 841FD99C-03D0-4086-95EA-A193A8273A7F.jpeg
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  11. 190e

    190e Long timer

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    I love to see guys still riding at 70+

    It gives me something to look forward to at only 65.
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  12. Bigger Al

    Bigger Al Still a stupid tire guy Supporter

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    At 55 I guess that I qualify as one of the kids in this thread. :lol3 Of course, I have a few aftermarket body parts which qualify as artificial aging, but no complaints. My Airhead has been with me for 26 years and 255K miles, and is not likely to leave anytime soon.
    I never stopped riding this year, but have altered my commuting by motorcycle since the last nasty accident. No more commutes in the rain or snow. Drivers get more stupider when moisture falls from the sky.
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  13. AZ Pete

    AZ Pete Been here awhile

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    I'll be 72 next month, my riding buddy in 76. Though I still have all original parts, my buddy is on his second aortic valve replacement.
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  14. pjensen641

    pjensen641 Long timer Supporter

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    Good grief. 41 here, and been riding all spring. Got my first Airhead at 40 ('72 R75/5). I'll be curious if it can be kept on the road until I am retirement age.

    The only riding plans I have had that got sidelined was a ride up to Alaska. Border is still closed and is set to re-open on the day I would be leaving...but I suspect it may extended again. Better to wait until next year when I don't have to worry about stuff being closed.
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  15. PaulBarton

    PaulBarton Long timer Supporter

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    Interesting...I bought my first airhead at 40 (71 R75/5)....I'm 51 now...
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  16. bodine003

    bodine003 Long timer

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    67 in 2 weeks !! Ride my R75/6 regular. Still kick starting 4 vintage Brits.
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  17. dazz

    dazz 1947 Famous James.

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    Pokie, so if I put several thousand or more in it. Put it in my building and cover it so it won't get dusty. Visit it on occasion. Man I have more bikes than I can ride regularly. This way I enjoy looking at it each morning. And you are correct, it has value. I wouldn't sell or trade it. I figure I've taken pretty good care of it since 1970!
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  18. Pokie

    Pokie Just plain Pokie.

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    I must be the only idiot here that takes rusty old hulks and make them run and ride again. I often go through the most ridiculous contortions to make them ride-able again. It's definitely a fault in my psyche!
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  19. AZ Pete

    AZ Pete Been here awhile

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    I bought my first air head at 32. A '78 R100S, it was 2 years old and had 400 miles on it.
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  20. Motopsychoman

    Motopsychoman Not a total poseur Supporter

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    62 years old thus far. Started riding a friend's CT70 when I was 11 but bought my first real bike when I was 19. Been riding ever since. Closing in on 450,000 miles now.

    I plan on heading out for a couple of thousand miles in about 3 weeks and yes, I'll be sleeping on the ground every night.

    I had planned to ride over 18,000 miles this summer before my plans were cancelled.
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