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Old 11-09-2017, 07:31 AM   #451
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been riding 55 of my 62 years (except the last couple due to massive health issues.) I will never quit being an enthusiast; motorcycling & motorcyclists has given so much to me over the long decades, I can never forget.

I still plan on getting back aboard soon as I'm able.
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Old 11-09-2017, 08:37 AM   #452
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Originally Posted by EastBayDave View Post
been riding 55 of my 62 years (except the last couple due to massive health issues.) I will never quit being an enthusiast; motorcycling & motorcyclists has given so much to me over the long decades, I can never forget.

I still plan on getting back aboard soon as I'm able.
Good on you! Yes, as we ride we have to take care of our bikes and other “equipment” like our bodies!
Ride street, ride track, ride dirt, trials.....ride.....well!

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Old 11-09-2017, 10:14 AM   #453
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I started riding before I was born. My mother had a Triumph Tiger Cub that she rode until she was 7 months pregnant ...

As a rider, I began close to 35 years ago.

2 weeks ago I rode to from San Jose to Las Vegas via Sonora Pass and Death Valley - 599 miles in 10 hours.

Clearly it is too soon for me to stop riding. But maybe I'll take a long hard look at a modern sidecar unit first, or a trike if I am desperate. The joy of riding has never eased for me so far.
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Old 11-10-2017, 01:42 AM   #454
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Eventually you get to the point where it's too late to stop riding.
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Old 11-11-2017, 09:18 PM   #455

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Been riding 52 of my 60-years. Got t-boned in a parking lot two-years ago (first street accident in 42-years of riding). Thought it was time to give up the street (bike totaled-ambulance ride) at that time but less than six months later bought another new bike.

I've been hurt worse riding and racing dirt over the 50-years, so why not keep going while I can. I'm always happy when on the bike, off the bike not so much.
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Old 11-13-2017, 04:34 PM   #456
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OP here, back on the site after not posting for a long time. The bad news is I sold all my old Kawasakis after a reduction in seat time after getting whammed a few years back in a low speed hit by a driver too impatient to look when changing lanes. There is a thread about that on here somewhere. The good news is I bought a very nice old 1986 Yamaha Radian YX600 to continue local riding here in Petaluma and nearby areas. Even though I am now 69, I could not give up riding after 54 years on a motorcycle. Plus my GF has also been riding motorcycles since she was very young, and recently bought a 300 cc Vespa to commute to work and ride for fun with me. We don't hit the freeways anymore, but enjoy a 10 or 20 mile run around the back roads of Sonoma County as often as we can. I will try to post a pic of my latest ride.
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I have learned so much from the mistakes I have made.
My latest is my around town and country on a pristine 1986 Yamaha Radian YX600. Prior bikes during the last ten years are 4 KAWASAKIS: 1980 KZ750H DOHC 4 w/108,000 miles (daily rider across the Bay Bridge); 1980 KZ750E DOHC 4 w/27,000 miles; and another 1981 KZ750H DOHC 4 (a cafe project); and a 1993 ZG1000 Concours.

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Old 11-14-2017, 03:27 PM   #457

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It depends on the individual and their general state of health. Putting age into perspective, note that Paul Newman was one of the drivers on a winning team in a LeMans type race when he was 70 years old. He continued racing into his 80's.

and there's Doug Gregory, oldest stunt pilot, who retired at 90:

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Old 02-10-2018, 08:58 AM   #458
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I don't know that I'll ever walk away, but I do plan on changing my riding habits in such a way that the risk is minimized. By commuting in my truck rather than on my bike, I'm already doing it...

I quit riding 6+ years ago after an accident that I deemed was impossible to avoid short of not riding that afternoon. I'm sure I posted it on barf somewhere...

But I've decided to get back into riding, mainly to get back to the racetrack. And I do plan to ride very modestly on the street THIS time.

And this might just support your decision OP...sure scares the poop out of me.

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Old 02-22-2018, 04:31 PM   #459

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This one doesn't need to go more than just a personal decision. Motorcycle riding is dangerous enough, and it can be a similar discussion on when we should stop driving a car or riding any motorcycle. There are personal risks and limitations that have to be considered. When do we stop doing anything, or should we even have the conversation in the first place?
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Old 02-22-2018, 04:39 PM   #460
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A conversation with yourself yes.
A conversation with the wife.... Is optional

My wife has already said.. "Hey your getting a bit old to do this you should consider quitting"

I was "WHAT??.. this is the best activity for keeping me young. When I feel I cannot do it I will quit"

She did not like that much, but accepted it after pointing to the door
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Old 02-23-2018, 08:50 AM   #461
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I'm signed up for 30+ trackdays this year and celebrating with fresh paint and bodywork, motor, and suspension refresh.

It's a struggle every year. I work out all winter to keep in shape, and all the rest of the year to stay there.
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That's not true! The lie is actually the truth! I know. Lots of people know this.
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