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Old 08-16-2007, 11:59 AM   #16
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Old 08-16-2007, 11:59 AM   #17
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PUt a wife and children into the picture and for some it may be better to call it quits on the streets. THere are other outlets like track days that are a whole lot safer, but riding is an inherent part of who we are and its difficult to leave that part behind.

Oh and i'm looking at a BMW too. An M5...lol
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Old 08-16-2007, 12:02 PM   #18
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Age vs Experience

Interesting post. I am a life long motorcyclist with over 45 yrs of riding experience, a former MSF instructor, and I commute on the streets and freeways of L.A. daily. I will be 65 in November, and will be retiring soon. Being a gym rat for most of my life, I am in quite good shape physically and so far mentally. I actually believe that lane sharing on the 110 freeway through downtown L.A. keeps those neurons sharp. My wife is 6 yrs my junior and is also an avid rider. We just returned from our annual ride to Laguna Seca on our VFR's a few weeks ago, and had a wonderful ride up and back on Highway 1. We travel by motorcycle frequently and have explored the back roads of the western U.S. from Washington to the Mexican border. Upon retiring, we plan to travel the country with a 5th wheel toy hauler, taking two of our bikes along. We will follow the AMA Superbike circuit while looking for property to buy. As you can see by this, I have no intention of quitting riding any time soon. As long as I am healthy and mentally astute I will continue to ride. I figure that I have a good 8 to 10 years of riding left, and after that perhaps a Goldwing or a trike. I have promised myself that when the time comes that I no longer have the ability to pursue my passion I will reluctantly hang up my helmet and boots. Until then I will continue to enjoy every ride to the fullest.
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Old 08-16-2007, 12:30 PM   #19
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Perhaps a sidecar outfit or a trike, used for pleasure riding rather than commuting, would be a good option? Your risk of going down would be minimized, though not the risk of collision with objects or errant cages.

When the fear or pain exceeds the joy, that'll be my signal to hang it up.

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Old 08-16-2007, 12:31 PM   #20
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I'll never admit to being old, but there is a reason why the license plate on my Ducati is GRAMMPA. I'm not as old as the original poster, though.



I plan to ride past 80 years old if I'm able to. I gave up riding once for nearly 10 years and don't intend to do it again. I enjoy it too much. I guess it will be a sign that I'm getting old when I start seriously looking at Goldwings. For now, I think the Hypermotard is the next bike I need to get.
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Old 08-16-2007, 12:34 PM   #21
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I met a guy at the rockstore a couple of weeks ago and he is 82 and just bought a BMW k1200 and he is enjoying it.
Remember, age is a number, it doesnt mean you have to stop riding at a certain age.
Just remember your comfort zone and when you get too nervous to ride, then its time to hang it up.
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Old 08-16-2007, 12:43 PM   #22
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So there is an old adage .....


Get busy living or Get busy dying.



What it means is, if your even pondering this .... you are getting busy dying. You are taking a childrens asprin every day, along with dozens of other medication, and listening to every pulse that gives you advice on how to live longer. Focusing and stressing out on these minuscule opinions on how to prolong your life is just depressing as it sounds. Years ago, weight lifting for seniors was HIGHLY discouraged, this year a new report came out that directly correlates muscle -loss with aging, and suggest seniors MUST lift weights to preserve healthy muscles and bones.

Focus on squeezing every joy out of life every moment, and try not to second guess your sensibilities.
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Old 08-16-2007, 12:51 PM   #23
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Ride safely with in your limits. If you are getting old and cant physically do what you use to then don't push it as hard as you use to. Push it as hard as you can now.

Riding is about being in the moment that is THIS moment not the moment 10 years ago.
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Old 08-16-2007, 01:18 PM   #24
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You know, the neat thing about "The World's Fastest Indian" was that Tony Hopkins was about the same age as Burt Munro was when Munro set that class record on his Indian -- 68 years old.

'Course it's often said that anyone can go fast in a straight line.
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Old 08-16-2007, 01:30 PM   #25
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I appreciate all the comments thus far, and am interested in whatever anyone else has to say on this topic. Here is some feedbajck on people's comments thus far:

1. I agree that I should stop when I no longer enjoy riding. Thus far, I continue to enjoy it immensely, and know that if I quit now I will long for it everyday.

2. I don't see me becoming part of the Goldwing set. A new Concours 1400 would be far more interesting.

3. A big part of the fun of riding is the responsiveness and reaction of the bike in the turns, as the g forces pull you down into the seat as you lean through a turn. That would be gone with a trike, or a sidecar rig. Maybe when I am 85, but not before then. I am slightly old, not dead.

4. Reducing the motorcycle commuting is something I might consider, when the time is right. Right now, I still enjoy that.

5. Yes, this is all related to the angst I feel after reading about Craig Hightower's untimely death. While that situation may have been entirely the sole fault of a careless SUV driver, and thus outside of Craig's control (a fact which we may not ever be able to verify), I cannot help but wonder if even the slightest amount of physical degredation that comes from ageing might make the difference between life and death if I were in his place.

6. Despite the attitude that some may have picked up from my original post, I am by nature a highly positive person, who generally lives in the moment in order to fully enjoy the experience of life. I motorcycle, I ski, I enjoy time with my children, and I fight intense battles in the courtroom. That said, I also owe it to my family not to act like a maniac. I am trying to determine the appropriate balance between risk and benefit, and am honestly facing the fact that in motorcycling the risk measurement changes as I age. I face situations in life head-on, and see no reason to go forward in denial of the facts.

Please keep this discussion going -- I am sure others have things worthwhile to contribute.
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Old 08-16-2007, 01:32 PM   #26
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I can't imagine not riding, although I'm a newbie! I took the MSF class last July, bought a ninja 250 and a month later bought a ninja 650. I love to ride and do as often as I can. Oh did I mention I'm 53 and often ride the twisties with my son and his friends. Keep riding as long as you can I know I will!
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Old 08-16-2007, 01:44 PM   #27
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I'm a youngin' but ride often with folks of all ages, and two in particular are well into their 70's but would likely show taillights to the vast majority of folks reading this post. They are both safe, skilled, fast riders who show zero outward signs of having to hang it up any time soon.

I have no idea if I'll be of the mindset or have the physical wherewithal to still be riding at their age, but I can dream.
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Old 08-16-2007, 02:02 PM   #28
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P.S. Dying while making love to your wife at a very old age is WRONG! First, you should never make love to your wife once you become very old. Old people sex is disgusting! Second, what would possess you to want to die during this act? That'd be a funny story for the mortician.
I am often amazed at how ignorant and wrong I was at a younger age, and at how wise and right I am now. Someday, you too will know this.

I know you were just joking, but I couldn't let this go without a response. One of an older person's purposes in life is to embarrass the ____ out of those that are younger, who strangely think that living life to the fullest is just for them. My 16 year old daughter finds it strange that I sing and dance, and cringes if I do it in front of her friends. Someday, she will get used to it. Or not.

I will stop motorcycling when it ceases to give me pleasure. The same is true for sex. I expect I will stop motorcycling before I stop having sex.
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Old 08-16-2007, 02:03 PM   #29
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When you feel the risk outweighs the rewards, its probably time for a change. If you continue to find riding a ton of fun, then you should keep going. Whats the point of living otherwise?

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Would you feel comfortable limiting your motorcycling to weekend rides, limiting your exposure to the hazards of daily commute riding?
Funny- I find weekend riding riskier, at least during the summer. Too many squids on the roads I like to ride. I find commuting safer.
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Old 08-16-2007, 02:14 PM   #30
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I can't imagine not riding, although I'm a newbie! I took the MSF class last July, bought a ninja 250 and a month later bought a ninja 650. I love to ride and do as often as I can. Oh did I mention I'm 53 and often ride the twisties with my son and his friends. Keep riding as long as you can I know I will!


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