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Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by radmann10, Mar 8, 2018.
How do you know it is time to retire from riding? Is there life after packing it in?
I was having a discussion with a group of guys and wondered out loud what I should learn from my latest off....one of the guys spoke up and said that "I should learn that it is time to take up a new hobby!"
I'll quit when my body does.
*edit: My above response was in regards to myself. It isn't to be taken as advice. I'm not the ambassador of good decision making. windblown,sanjoh and foxtrapper gave solid advice.
My uncle, probably the very reason I got into motorcycles, used to accompany him as very young kids to watch the motorcycle racing at Lakeside, just outside Brisbane. He was still riding his postie bike to the shops till they dragged him into the retirement home. Died soon after.
Moral of the story, stop riding and you die.
When should you quit?
Whenever you want to.
For whatever reasons you may have.
Lots of things to do in life.
There is definitely a time.
I've seen too many geriatrics wobbling around the road in their cars, all but deaf and blind but clinging to their licence like it's their God-given right and to hell with everyone that has to dodge out of the way. They shouldn't be driving. I can't imagine why it'd be different on a bike; sure, it's harder to kill someone else, but it's just as brainless.
On a more sympathetic note, I understand why it'd be hard to have to make that call for myself; I enjoy riding. I don't want to stop. But at the end of the day being a grown-ass adult sometimes means doing the right thing, not the enjoyable thing. If I ever come to the point of doubting my senses can keep me and others around me reasonably safe, I'll have to review whether I should be riding.
When/if to stop riding is as unique as the individual making the decision.
Injury or the possibility of, certainly has a lot to do with the decision. We don't heal as fast or thoroughly when you are younger.
I think with the right equipment, there is no reason to stop riding. I've seen the 80yo hustle that heavy GS through the sand/mud but it is a rare exception.
When the pain outweighs the pleasure, that's probably a time to shift.
If you define yourself by riding, there wouldn't be. So expand you definition of yourself.
Why is riding painful??
I am a poster child for the orthopaedic profession and riding is not painful for me.
Better question to ask yourself........
is my situational awareness and cognitive focus up to riding a motorcycle
I see me; keep trading down to lighter bikes?
When you get to the lite wts. and can't............
and/or just putt around the neighborhood...........
When your confidence is gone, and you feel that your judgement in that regard is accurate.
For most riders, that probably means they have become too old and weak to hold the bike up. At that point, you can get a lighter bike, a 3-wheeled vehicle that you enjoy, or maybe even a car you enjoy. At some point, even driving a car might be too much to ask.
For some extreme riders, it might be that they just need to stop competing in hare scrambles and stick to Sunday rides on back roads. This can seem like giving it up for those who rode at that level.
For some people, they develop dementia, or other mental illness that prevents riding or driving. Most who experience that don't seem to realize it, and must be told by their doctor or family that it's time to give up the keys.
To be fair, I think that's a slightly different question of 'when should one quit operating any kind of vehicle'.
I've wondered how many of those drivers we've all seen would have done better by not taking the 'I'm getting old' approach to other hobbies in their life. If you don't use it, you lose it. Balance, coordination, mental processing etc.
Were they telling you this because they think you're taking too big of risks for your skill level? Also, if these guys don't ride at all, you can safely ignore them
Are you having fun? Do people depend on you? Do you think you're a risk to others? Are there other equally satisfying things you'd rather be doing?
I was sitting one day in a popular ride stop place, and couldn't help but notice the two quite elderly gentlemen (mid 80's maybe) dressed in their leathers sitting at another table. Watched them walk out and over to their bikes and ride off, on a pair of Yamaha YZF-R125's.
Passed them latter a bit up the road, they were setting a fair pace for such little bikes. I was impressed.
I dunno as I am only 76.
Addend in for the win.
If it hurts that much you're doing it wrong.
When you decide it’s the right thing to do, without having to ask anyone.
I'm still trying to figure out what the 'problem' actually is. If someone no longer enjoys riding, any age, go do something else. Do you really need 'age' to justify this loss of interest.
But if its concern you might injury or even kill yourself, well I won't have ever got on a motorcycle if that was a factor. Go spend some time in the 'high care' section of a nursing home. There are things I'm way more scared of than killing myself on a motorcycle.
Does't hurt at all until I fall off!