When do you call it quits?

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

  1. ragtoplvr

    ragtoplvr Long timer

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    +1000 My daughter is grown now. My rides are just a sweet. I am appalled at the reduction in car driver skill. Still, so many places beckon.

    Rod
  2. Tammy

    Tammy Team 2nd Wind

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    Then the grand kids come and your thinking my kids need me more now then ever :lol3 Go off road, less cars more fun...
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  3. go4mini

    go4mini Been here awhile

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    May 12-2012 I had a pickup turn in front of me. Fractured hip, 4 broken ribs, collapsed lung, totaled bike. The first week in the hospital, I swore that I was done. I'm 61, been riding since I was 14. This was my first major accident. After several weeks, I started rethinking. I love riding. I found a '07 GS, bought it, and parked it in the garage. I'd go out and look at it. Then, when I could, I'd sit on it. The day my doctor told me I was done with my crutches, I went for a ride. About 30 miles. It felt great! I've put 500 miles on in less than 2 weeks, and it rained half the time. I'm glad I decided to keep riding. My philosophy is, we only have so many days on this earth, so we should enjoy them. But that's just me. I'm glad I decided to ride.:thumbup
  4. go4mini

    go4mini Been here awhile

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    May 12-2012 I had a pickup turn in front of me. Fractured hip, 4 broken ribs, collapsed lung, totaled bike. The first week in the hospital, I swore that I was done. I'm 61, been riding since I was 14. This was my first major accident. After several weeks, I started rethinking. I love riding. I found a '07 GS, bought it, and parked it in the garage. I'd go out and look at it. Then, when I could, I'd sit on it. The day my doctor told me I was done with my crutches, I went for a ride. About 30 miles. It felt great! I've put 500 miles on in less than 2 weeks, and it rained half the time. I'm glad I decided to keep riding. My philosophy is, we only have so many days on this earth, so we should enjoy them. But that's just me. I'm glad I decided to ride.:thumbup
  5. rgoers

    rgoers Been here awhile

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    +1 on that!!! When the kids grew up and I finally got back into it, I bought a little dual-sport. I stay off the roads as much as possible, but with a dual-sport, I still have the option should I need it. I have had my share of spills off-road, but all of them (as in 100%) have been my own fault. I can live with that. Even my wife is okay with me hurting myself, rather than other drivers killing me... and it's SOOOOOO much more fun off-road!
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  6. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    I'll sometimes have the jitters before a big trip. As soon as I get one mile from the house I am fine.

    I had my biggest 'off ' last Wednesday, hit a cow!

    Like 'snr moment' said in an earlier post, you can be fit and muscular and brave and stout and good and strong, but the blunt force impact trauma is incredible...there is nothing you can do to mitigate it. I'm 62...one hand is shattered, it hurts like hell.....will I quit? Don't know, but I did buy a used motorcycle today!

    After my first son was born I stopped riding (except trials) for 17 years. In the past 11 years both me and the Mrs have ridden 160,000 miles each on our own bikes.

    I say to the OP if you want to stay in the game get a Trials bike, it fulfills a need and is relatively safe, especially if you get a vintage...they can be hard to start so you ride less!
  7. d.burbach

    d.burbach Been here awhile

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    After 6 years of street riding with hardly a close call to speak of I had my first crash last week, only about two weeks after the birth of my son (my first). I went riding off road for the first time, and wouldn't you know it about six hours into my second day in the dirt, coming down a mountain sideI took a tight, downhill hairpin just a little to fast and ended up going of the (pretty dang steep) side of the road. Fortunately (and miraculously), I didn't get a scratch (yes I was ATGATT). Oddly, the incident has had a somewhat calming effect, I have definitely had a bit of anxiety about riding, mostly due to my impending fatherhood, and that stupid "it's not if but when" adage really bothered me since I hadn't had a crash yet. As a motorcycle journalist "quitting riding" isn't a viable option, unless I want to switch careers and find another way of paying the rent. Now, I know it's kind of dumb, but I feel like I got a monkey off my back by crashing, perhaps I'd feel differently if it hadn't ended so well.
  8. stumpy-ktm

    stumpy-ktm Adventurer

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    well..... was never sure if i would ride again ....after my fairly serious crash ...( no leg etc etc ) was terrified of the 50cc scooter sitting in my garage .... it looked too big , too scary ... too fast ... too everything!!! found it hard to get on ,harder to get off , scared stupid .....then i took it for a ride up the road ,and it all changed , i love riding ... i have always known the risks ... and accepted them . when i have kids , maybe i will change my mind ... its a very personal thing . but now look at me , loving my 640 ktm .

    you know .... when you know.

    cheers
  9. Scribe

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    Threads like this are meaningless because ultimately it's a personal call. Bottom line for me: gonna die anyway. I hope to god I don't die in a hospital bed. Yes I've got kids. Yes I've crashed many times. I'm limping these days from my last get off that almost twisted my knee off. No I don't want my kids to learn that caving in to your fears is the way to live, at least not from me.
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  10. eakins

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    that's what i was thinking. need to upgrade riding skills.
    i have a wife and daughter but i'm not stopping. that's an easy out way too many guys use. my wife and i ride together plus we're doing a used goldwing hack so we can all go.

    one way or another each of us die. i want to use my time in a way that i enjoy it to the max and see the most vrs sitting at home waiting to die.
  11. eakins

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    love your mag and what it represents!
    :clap
  12. eakins

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    if any of you are going to quit riding on the street, consider getting a 250 dirtbike and riding off-road. it will keep you on a bike and away from traffic.

    many ride 100% off-road because it's harder and harder to deal with all the traffic. yes off-road racer boys can hurt themselves, but you can just go putting around forest roads all day long.
  13. NJ-Brett

    NJ-Brett Brett

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    That sounds good to me.
    You can have fun, you can be fairly safe, or you can ride a big bike fast, and do exciting things.

    I ride a slow light nimble bike, away from high risk roads, and have more fun then when I had bigger faster bikes.

    Despite almost getting killed dirt riding, I still do.



  14. Nacho911

    Nacho911 Been here awhile

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    Heal, then get back on an ride! We all die eventually, hope I'm happy when I do. I hope that is a long time from now. There are really crazy fuckers whom live so much and die early, that's not what I'm saying. Decrease the risks, wear ATGATT, ride smart, and have fun. Some one can walk in and kill you at the library, so fuck it and enjoy life.

    I've been a paramedic fire fighter for 24 years, and when you times up its up.
  15. Fred of Four Winds

    Fred of Four Winds n00b

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    Shortly after getting married I realized my riding style was not the sort of behavior which augured well for being around when the coming baby was graduating from high school... In 1994, as our youngest entered his senior year of high school, I began to think about riding, and looked for an inexpensive ride to check and see whether I wanted to ride or just relive the memories. Been riding ever since. There was just a period when it wasn't prudent. If you're not convinced you ought to be riding, pay attention. It may be a temporary situation or it may even be one of those weird, irrational emotional quirks we all experience from time to time.
  16. d.burbach

    d.burbach Been here awhile

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    Thanks so much! We've got a lot of like minded people here!
  17. GusinCA

    GusinCA Been here awhile

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    I haven't read every post, but here's my take. I've been riding for 33 years. Never crashed on road.
    Now I ride a small WR250R dual sport on 99% dirt trails (I bring the bike to the trail areas on a rack on the back of my van).

    This way I still get to ride, without the much greater danger of crashing on the street.
  18. slide

    slide A nation with a future

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    what's your book?
  19. d.burbach

    d.burbach Been here awhile

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    No book, just a magazine, RoadRUNNER Motorcycle Touring & Travel, it's pretty much right up the ADV Rider alley with tons of ride reports, great photos, etc, are you familiar with it? You can check out the link in my signature if not.
  20. slide

    slide A nation with a future

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    Oh, I'll check it out. Thanks.