The Aging Road Rider Thread

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by everetto, Oct 22, 2017.

  1. Dennyf

    Dennyf Been here awhile

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    Currently I've completed day four of what I'm dubbing "the John Ford Scenery Tour." I'm averaging 418 miles a day, some of it in "full tuck" getting across TX. I'm avoiding the interstates. I'm fighting my tendency to "hurry" while on the road, but even so, I think 5-600 miles a day would be my upper limit before saddle soreness exceeded any thing one could call "fun." Except for that, I'm pretty much forgetting I'm 65 while riding, and I'm glad I picked this bike over the Goldwing. (Made a slight detour for the pic when I realized I was so close. ) 20210524_180721.jpg
  2. Ladybug

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    418 average miles a day seems like a lot to me. Are you staying at motels rather than camping? That makes doing miles easier if you don't have to setup and take down camp.

    Your bike is nice looking, good choice.

    How long of a loop are you doing and what is the route?

    When I was still working I did plan my tour style rides with 400-500 miles but now I'm retired I'm working on slowing to 200 - 300 miles a day so I have plenty of time to see things, ride the side streets in small towns at a leisurely pace. I still camp as much as possible sol that too plays into it. If I'm doing easy dirt roads I plan for under 200 mile days.
  3. Dennyf

    Dennyf Been here awhile

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    Camping is in the plan, but so far I've been hoteling it. Also in the plan is eventually reaching Devils Tower, but time will tell. I have to be home by June 14, but if I complete my whole route, I think it's about 4300 miles
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  4. glb

    glb n00b

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    Curious, have you used the Motowinch? Work?
  5. barko1

    barko1 barko1

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    I managed over 320 miles today on my cb500x which is my easy to ride bike. Hadn't done that many miles in a day for quite a while due to bad back, shoulder, and neck. Neuronton fixed the shoulder and a little pain killer helps the rest. Nice territory. IMG_20210526_120540388.jpg
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  6. 72 Yamaha RD350

    72 Yamaha RD350 Followed the Wrong God Home Supporter

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    My philosophy for a couple decades now has been 8 hours or 400 miles, whichever comes first, unless I’m having a great time. It’s not supposed to be work. 8/400 leaves time to see and/or do something with the day. I’ve done my share of >400 days - some fun, some forced by circumstances. But the best days are 400 or less when I force myself see and do something wherever I might be.
  7. davenowherejones

    davenowherejones short old guy

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    I did an unexpected 400 miles (600 km) yesterday. I am almost 62 and I decided to go for a ride at 11:00 am. Normally I would have left at 8 and hit McDonalds for breakfast.

    I have no idea why I went. I go for possible penis surgery tomorrow. I hope not.

    I changed my route several times on the fly. Before I knew it I was putting the scooter (2014 Honda Forza 300) away in the shed at dark. Riding at night is not safe around here. Animals, drunks, bad lighting, cold. Just don't do it.

    Can I ride after penis surgery? I might have to refuse the knife.
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  8. Dennyf

    Dennyf Been here awhile

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    This trip started six days and 2700 miles ago. To my surprise, it's actually getting easier. I don't know if it's the climate, the scenery, or whether the ol' bod still responds to new demands, but I'll take it.
    20210526_132426.jpg
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  9. GotFog

    GotFog Been here awhile Supporter

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    Penis surgery?
    Knife?
    I cannot ever "like" your post.
    Whatever is going on, I hope you are ok.
  10. barko1

    barko1 barko1

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    Where was that? Looks like my rides. A lot of people miss Colorado National Monument, well worth it, along with Grand Mesa.
  11. barko1

    barko1 barko1

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    I'm agnostic but will pray for you :D. Got to take care of the penis :nod.
  12. Ladybug

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    Positive thoughts sent your way for a speedy recovery. I don't have any idea of what you are needing done but surgery is surgery and not fun but my guess is you will still be able to ride.


    Very nice photo. It sounds like your bod is being good to you.
  13. davenowherejones

    davenowherejones short old guy

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    I am going to suggest an alternative. 4 days of viagra, handcuffs behind my back and a nurse to look after me.
  14. Dennyf

    Dennyf Been here awhile

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    163 in Utah, Monument Valley.
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  15. Boneheadnw

    Boneheadnw Been here awhile

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    Whatever you decide, best of luck to you.

    Bone
  16. oldgrizz

    oldgrizz Long timer

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    At 69 I am still making plans for next year's ride.
    If things go well a buddy and I want to head to Alaska and hit the Arctic Ocean on either the Dempster or the Dalton.
    He has to come all the way from Florida and I live in central British Columbia.
    Currently I ride a 2012 Yamaha FJR but I am thinking seriously of trading it in on a 2021 KTM 890 Adventure.
    I think it would be a far better bike for running miles of gravel roads.
    Plus, where I live there are hundreds of miles of logging roads to explore where I can make loops close to home.
    I think the type of riding I do is going to change.
    Yes, the 1290 Adventure is tempting, however my local dealer has not been able to get the 2021 model and I really don't think I need 165 hp or so for logging roads and even if I took another 6000 km trip to Ontario the 890 would do the job.
    Interesting times......
  17. barko1

    barko1 barko1

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    I had a kaw concours 14 I sold for a ktm 1190 which was much better on gravel. 890 would be great, it will get some scars and patina. I wouldn't want to take a brand new bike up there.
  18. drdubb

    drdubb OFWG Supporter

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    just remember, you will need to be able to pick up what you ride. Lighter is better.
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  19. barko1

    barko1 barko1

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    That's why I got a Honda cb500x, I can pick it up, have 1X. Actually it would be a pretty good bike for the haul road with the right tires. Do the ride before you're too old. Not sure I would want to do it now at 73, maybe we can get a group of old farts together for such an expedition:yikes
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  20. oldgrizz

    oldgrizz Long timer

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    I should be able to pick up the 890, I'm 6ft 5 tall and 270 lbs.
    I have had 2 shoulder replacements, I had the last one March 2 2021 and I am doing a lot of physio using weights.
    I plan to keep doing the work outs even after my physio terriost tells me it all good. IMG_20210508_145821_477.jpg
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