When do you call it quits?

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

  1. mikegc

    mikegc Long timer Super Supporter

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    I'm 72 and I cannot seem to get enough of riding. I left home on June 17th and returned last Saturday, July 20, and, frankly, I'm ready to roll again. I meet so many good and interesting people when I travel! I feel like I'm getting and education that's far superior to what I've ever gotten in a classroom. Yeah, my left shoulder needs surgery and I've got to get my third hernia fixed but that's just maintenance. I'll probably get one more good three or four week trip in before I deal with that stuff. I'm going to ride until I cannot.

    Mike
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  2. DaBinChe

    DaBinChe Long timer

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    I'd had the feeling of not riding lots of times it hasn't happened in over 5years now, I will always ride but in a different capacity. But more recently I decided no more big bikes and only stick with small bikes. Currently a Monkey125 and will get a SuperCub when available. I'm thinking maybe a cb300r or a R3 not not sure about those. I also got a Miata last summer because it's part of this plan of not riding big bikes, need some fun off the bikes even small ones.

    So one thing I could suggest for those that are thinking of hanging it up is to hang up the big bikes and try small bikes. Slower speeds more leisurely pace. My Monkey gives me a carefree fun while big bikes give a thrilling fun which safety always looms. Not to say that the small bikes are not dangerous, they are but the level is much reduce because of what they are capable of.
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  3. playinatwork

    playinatwork Been here awhile

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    I've had a deer run into me 3 times in the last 3 years. The most recent was a pretty bad time for the wife and family. I'm having a hard time justifying getting back on a bike; to myself as well as the family. When the doc told me that he was going to pull those chunks of bone out of my spinal cord, and he didn't really know what was going to happen, changes things. Here's my ride report on what happened: https://advrider.com/f/threads/more-wildlife-than-charlie-sheens-seen.1394267/

    My bike was totaled and I bought a replacement bike a few weeks after I got out of the hospital. I still haven't sat on it yet. I keep fiddling with it in the garage but I'm not sure if I want to get back on it. I just don't know how to avoid another stupid deer. I wear ATGATT to the highest level I know and the damn deer just don't care.
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  4. Berchunis

    Berchunis Been here awhile

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    When I owned the 2006 Gold Wing, the first mod I installed was a pair of PIAA 910 lights with 100Wbulbs, each. Since the GW came with LOUD horns and stock four headlights, I figured I was set for night riding.

    I eight years of riding that Wing, with four high beams and two 100watt auxiliary lights blasting the roadway, I never had a problem with deer running across the roadway into me.

    I think they were too scared by all those lights and loud horns to even venture out of the bush.
  5. Lee R

    Lee R Man in a Box

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    I’ll quit when I’m not mentally sharp enough to mitigate the risk of riding with the focus it requires to stay safe. I always tell people if you like to space out driving then a motorcycle isn’t for you. Spacing out is a matter of time before you get killed or injured.

    That’s my criteria for quiting. I’ve had more cars pull out in front of me and do dumb things than I can count but always felt reasonably safe by being very aware of what’s in front/behind/sides of me and watching every.single.time a car is in a position to pull out i check it’s wheels for movement and prepare to break/avoid while also planning an escape route. When I feel I can’t keep alert enough to do this, I’m done on a motorcycle. It certainly is far more demanding than driving a car where you can get in low speed accidents and be fine.

    I also don’t understand why people aren’t just as afraid of driving, scores of people die everyday doing it. Automobiles just remove the sense of speed and sound, it’s a false security.
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  6. 71Crummy

    71Crummy Adventurer

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    Every time before I get on the bike I wonder if its my last time? I think that this spurs me to be a little more aware of whats going on around me and to invoke those defensive behavioral tools ie. bike maintenance, good riding habits that most of us have read about or been told about by the old man that I used to ride with. I think that all you can do is be aware and shrug off the temptation to do stupid shit on your bike, and enjoy the ride. If you get into some good riding habits, those habits will turn into second nature and save your butt from time to time. And most importantly for me, a little grace from up above goes a long way!
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  7. 71Crummy

    71Crummy Adventurer

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    Well Im 59, and after not riding in the dirt since I used to ride my brothers Yamaha 360, I decided I would try this dirt thing again. So I bought a 2007 KTM 990 and rode to Tuk with three other guys, the ride was pretty cool, we traveled 5300 miles round trip. The KTM is nice, but way too much bike for me. I started at the top so to speak and now have decided if I want to continue this idea I am stepping down to a 2009 DR650! I just love the simplicity of the bike and the fact that it weighs about 135 pounds lighter is nice. So I guess the moral of the story is, start out easy and build to where your comfortable. The KTM goes up for sale this spring.
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  8. MartiniUp

    MartiniUp Long timer

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    I am 74 and quit street riding a long time ago after a couple close calls. But I still love dirt enduros and HS but can see that coming to an end. I had a several month break recently and have had a very difficult time with balance in my last few rides. Just basically out of control all the time and over reacting to every thing. Reflexes shot. Never experienced this before and has me wondering if something internal is "off kilter".
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  9. Sal Pairadice

    Sal Pairadice Captain Obvious

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    Just a thought- try riding on the street and see if you can practice leaning and counter steering enough to get your reflexes to rewire.
  10. MartiniUp

    MartiniUp Long timer

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    Thanks, but not sure I trust myself enough to try that. Falling in the dirt gets me dirty and maybe bruised, on the pavement the consequences are usually far worse.
  11. Kris

    Kris Long timer Supporter

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    I’m recovering from a broken ankle as I write this. From a fall while out hiking not motorcycle related. Nevertheless same possible result. Not being able to walk for six weeks is terrible. Crutches just plain suck. Life is basically on hold. Being off work besides boredom leaves the wonder what job do I have left to go back to? This adds extra work and hardship for the rest of my family. I seriously doubt I will ride a bike on the street again after this. I’m a safe and skilled rider but there are too many distracted, just plain bad drivers on the road. It is not worth the risk, life is too short to waste it with a needless injury.
    Guess I’m just getting old. If this was twenty years ago I would have a different opinion most likely. Now probably going to test drive a old Miata and that may suffice for a mechanical toy.
  12. Valker

    Valker Long timer

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    Gonna quit walking too?
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  13. scarysharkface

    scarysharkface Faking it/Making it

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    I think about this, being all of 58 and realizing I've probably got no more than 25 physically "good" years ahead of me to do the body things. I agree that moving to a smaller, lighter bike is a good way to keep riding. I loved my big GS, but after long trips on it I'm loving having a WR250R that I can carry on the back of the van and then have a more appropriate bike to ride once I reach my destination. I can certainly see that the next motorcycle, when the time comes, will probably be smaller displacement and certainly have a lower seat. As for the issue of dodging wildlife, I just don't ride at night if I can avoid it and I just don't ride very fast during the day because I know they're hiding in the ditches. As relaxing as the motorcycle is for me, I'm definitely on-guard and constantly scanning for critters and other hazards when rolling. I hope we all get to ride longer than we expect to.

    John
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  14. thumperpilot

    thumperpilot Thumper Pilot

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    I called it quits after one ride last year due to health reasons. I figured I was done, my riding days over.

    But.... figured out what was wrong with me, fixed it and over the last few months got better.

    Now I'm thinking..... I'll start this year off with my trusty KLR. It's the "light" bike. Maybe it won't kill me. If I survive that thing for a few weeks I might give my Tiger 800 another try. :D

    Who knows, might get another year or two before old age takes me out.

    Yehaaa!!!!

    :lol3

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  15. O.C.F.RIDER

    O.C.F.RIDER Loose nut behind h/bars

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    Quit hiking.
    Stick to riding. It's safer and a hell of a lot more fun than trudging through the woods slowly when you could be tearing that shit up on a 500 EXC!

    RIDE ON!

    Chris
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  16. bobw

    bobw Harden the phuck up

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    Don't guess and risk needless injury. Seems like it wasn't just a one time issue so go see a Doc, could be inner ear, changes in eyes, etc. A new pair of specs or meds for inner ear infection, etc. could see you having fun or at worst learning where you stand with your hea!th in general even if you decide to hang up your spurs.

    Good luck, i no longer laugh at old people jokes as I am one :rofl , seriously, take control as guessing can really mess with your head.
  17. NJ-Brett

    NJ-Brett Brett

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    A few years ago I mis stepped on stairs and broke my ankle. Was out of work for 6 weeks or so.
    I am not being off in summer without riding so rode the bike shifting with the heel of the boot thing I had to wear.
    Wife thought I was nuts but I had a good time....


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  18. docwyte

    docwyte Long timer

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    I missed a stair at my office about a month ago. Having surgery in a few weeks to remove the bone chip and possibly repair the torn ligament. It's really F'ing up my ski season!