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Title: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: bobrebos on November 29, 2020, 01:44:13 PM
63 years old, havent fired up any of the three bikes in over two months.  No interest to.  Had to push myself to put them on the battery tenders.  No motivation to ride.  So....it might be time to get rid of them.  I guess the time comes for everyone of us, each at different times.  Tough decision.  Oh well, life goes on either way.  Biggest thing i will miss will be the camping trips but i can still do that in the truck!  Anybody else thinking of puling the plug on riding?  My wife is against me getting rid of the bikes, so I have no idea how this will turn out.  LOL! 
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: Joliet Jim on November 29, 2020, 01:51:02 PM
Understand completely, bikes were ridden to storage in Feb while the house was being reconstructed. Managed to finally get out for a ride about 2 weeks ago and then the weather went bad. Bikes are still in storage and look like they will be all winter. It's ironic that this year I had been planning on Il and Wi rallies since in theory we were wintering away and would be around most of the summer. Best laid plans.
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: oldbike54 on November 29, 2020, 01:53:03 PM
 Wait until things return to a more normal state Bob , then reassess your situation .

 Dusty
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: Travlr on November 29, 2020, 01:55:06 PM
I think you can go thru cycles like this.  Lose interest for awhile, then it comes back.  Especially during this very strange year.  2 months isn't very long and 63 is fairly young to quite (I'm 75 and still riding.)  I'd keep one for a year or two.

Mike
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: Dave Swanson on November 29, 2020, 02:11:39 PM
I think you can go thru cycles like this.  Lose interest for awhile, then it comes back.  Especially during this very strange year.  2 months isn't very long and 63 is fairly young to quite (I'm 75 and still riding.)  I'd keep one for a year or two.

Mike

+1!  Well said. 
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: Ncdan on November 29, 2020, 02:14:01 PM
Maybe sell 2 and keep one, just in case your heart leads you back there. 👍
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: LowRyter on November 29, 2020, 03:36:47 PM
I remember when I quit riding, I was a lot younger.  I hadn't ridden in 10 years.  I needed to help someone move their motorcycle and rode it about 50 miles.  I was hooked again and got a bike months later. 

Get rid of your bikes.  Then one day, take a small ride, "why did I ever give this up?"
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: JJ on November 29, 2020, 04:14:37 PM
I think you can go thru cycles like this.  Lose interest for awhile, then it comes back.  Especially during this very strange year.  2 months isn't very long and 63 is fairly young to quite (I'm 75 and still riding.)  I'd keep one for a year or two.

Mike

Agree with Mike...Wait till spring 2021 anyway, and reassess at that time... :thumb: :cool: :wink:
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: wavedog on November 29, 2020, 04:18:13 PM
Hang on Bob. Winter is coming on. Donít be hasty. Wait until summer. Maybe keep one bike and simplify.
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: Huzo on November 29, 2020, 04:28:40 PM
If you sell your bikes and cannot ride, thatís when youíre going to want to..
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: bratman2 on November 29, 2020, 04:44:02 PM
Will be a whole lot easier to sell in the spring anyways. Maybe sell two, keep your favorite one and see what happens. I do know how you feel. At 60 and with arthritis i struggle with my hands and knees. Especially my knees.  So mine may go up for sale spring. Just not sure yet! I need both knees replaced and I am afraid that I will regret letting her go if that pans out good.
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: Shorty on November 29, 2020, 04:47:17 PM
If it is a matter of safety, or normal fear (common sense?), and your gut says "quit, " it might pay to listen. If it is merely a lack of desire to ride, then you need to ask yourself if you wish to keep one or all of the bikes as simply possessions. Absolutely nothing wrong with any of the options. I'm 68, and the only riding I'm interested in these days is putt-putting on back roads, or in the hills somewhere. So, I sold all my larger bikes and kept 2 dual sport thumpers. Now I can ride locally if I want, easily haul them (heaviest bike is <400lbs) somewhere to a rally, or I or my heirs can sell them pretty quick if need be.  I agree with the others that the cold, dark end of riding season in 2020 might not represent how you will feel about it come April.  :grin:
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: moto-uno on November 29, 2020, 04:53:34 PM
  MAN , how did you get soooo old at 63 ?  :evil: .   Peter
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: ohiorider on November 29, 2020, 05:02:01 PM
I'm now down to two bikes.  I enjoy both of them.  This year was for me a low mileage one.  1000 miles on one, 6000 on the other.  The low mileage one (1991 R100GS) used to be my high mileage bike.  The 2016 T120 Triumph has sort of filled the 'favorite' spot, mainly by being easier to reach the ground, and push in and out of the garage.  Oh, and the fact that it really gives good feedback and makes me feel like an expert when I'm far from it.  Did I mention, I love just looking at the Triumph?

I've found that it is more than putting on miles.  I have to enjoy the bikes I'm riding.  I've been fortunate that when I've bought one that just doesn't work for me, it's been moved on to another owner.

Different situation.  For 10 years, the Guzzi 1200 Sport was my favorite, and I looked forward to every ride on this sweet machine!  It got a bit heavy and tall for me, so the bike was lucky to find a new interested owner to pick up where I left off.  What a nice bike!

And yes, I've gone through the 'I don't think I enjoy this anymore.'  Then comes that one magical day, when the temps are perfect, the roads aren't cluttered with traffic, and the bike and I come together as one.  That's when I think "how could I give this up?"

Birthday 78 coming up in January, 2021.

Bob
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: Scott of the Sahara on November 29, 2020, 05:37:13 PM
How much winter riding have you done? Since it is getting to cold to ride for a few months, it may be good to wait.

Here is another idea: Get a sidecar. Something totally different. With a sidecar it can be an adventure to ride 2 or 3 miles to the store.
You also don't have to worry about keeping the rig upright.

Another thought is getting a smaller bike. It may be fun to ride.
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: tazio on November 29, 2020, 05:41:40 PM
Keep the chopper, Bob. Hit some bike nights with it when the mood strikes.
Oh, and get you that convertible and spend more time on the boat. :thumb:
And, for heavens sake, keep planning  those campouts at your place in the coming year!
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: Solorider73 on November 29, 2020, 06:01:05 PM
Bob your request is denied.   :bike-037:

Since I recently met you at the Fall Creek Falls camping trip, I though I might nudge you based on our last conversation.

Remember sitting on this?

(https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-ggN2jhd/0/ca84e272/L/i-ggN2jhd-L.jpg)

I'm sure that you could trade the Stelvio for the lighter V85TT.  :thumb:

I'll even help you with the link.  :evil:

https://sloansmotorcycle.com/Murfreesboro-Tennessee-37129/New-2020-Moto-Guzzi-V85-TT-Adventure/VDP/415917d8-df15-4fb6-a9a4-42f0ac6101bb (https://sloansmotorcycle.com/Murfreesboro-Tennessee-37129/New-2020-Moto-Guzzi-V85-TT-Adventure/VDP/415917d8-df15-4fb6-a9a4-42f0ac6101bb)

If you need someone to help you knock the dust off those bikes, just let me know.  I can ride up from Huntsville one weekend and we can rip the nearby mountains.
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: Perazzimx14 on November 29, 2020, 06:09:16 PM
If they don't make you happy anymore.... sell them! If later in life you feel the need to ride again buy another. They are inanimate objects and nothing that cannot be replaced!

Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: Lannis on November 29, 2020, 07:44:19 PM
A guy that I've ridden with for years dropped his bike on "The Snake" (lowside in a hairpin at moderate speed) in 2017.   Next year, he dropped it again, same situation.

He decided (wisely, I think) that it was time to pack it in.   He was 79 at the time and felt that he didn't have the balance or reflexes to ride safely any more.   

I'm 66 and I know that my capabilities on a bike are not what they were.   I still enjoy riding, and am compensating as best I can, but I'm not going to let my "pride" or my manhood or denial of nature or something force me to keep riding when I know it's really time to give it up.

PMX14 is right.   These are just inanimate objects.   I've sometimes thought it would be interesting to just sell all the bikes, sit back, look at the empty shed, and see how I feel about it after a few weeks or months.   I've had some of these bikes for 25 years ... It would be like starting a new life, and there are ALWAYS deals out there.   Instead of Brits and Guzzis, maybe I'd like a Gilera and a Water Buffalo or something.

Options are open!   Don't overthink it.

Lannis
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: Ncdan on November 29, 2020, 08:04:00 PM
A guy that I've ridden with for years dropped his bike on "The Snake" (lowside in a hairpin at moderate speed) in 2017.   Next year, he dropped it again, same situation.

He decided (wisely, I think) that it was time to pack it in.   He was 79 at the time and felt that he didn't have the balance or reflexes to ride safely any more.   

I'm 66 and I know that my capabilities on a bike are not what they were.   I still enjoy riding, and am compensating as best I can, but I'm not going to let my "pride" or my manhood or denial of nature or something force me to keep riding when I know it's really time to give it up.

PMX14 is right.   These are just inanimate objects.   I've sometimes thought it would be interesting to just sell all the bikes, sit back, look at the empty shed, and see how I feel about it after a few weeks or months.   I've had some of these bikes for 25 years ... It would be like starting a new life, and there are ALWAYS deals out there.   Instead of Brits and Guzzis, maybe I'd like a Gilera and a Water Buffalo or something.

Options are open!   Don't overthink it.

Lannis
True Lannis, to quit riding is really simple and easy, heck, Iíve quit 3 times in the past couple decades 😂
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: John A on November 29, 2020, 08:04:14 PM
At this stage of your life, only sell a bike in order to buy one you want more. Thatís the advice my dad gave me.  He was talking about guns of course but I think it applies to bikes as well.  Iíve noticed that when a person stops doing a thing, itís very hard to start again.
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: redhawk47 on November 29, 2020, 08:29:55 PM
My first thought: Those are big bikes to be dealing with.  At age 68 I accepted the idea that my Stelvio was too big for me and traded it for a V7II Stone. It's not the super touring bike the Stelvio was, but it is more than adequate. In the four years with the V7 I have put 35,000 miles on it, about the same miles per year as I did on my Stelvio.

My recommendation, wait til spring, sell the current fleet, and buy a smaller bike.

PS: This - thing is messing with our minds. I have another hobby that usually consumes a quarter to half of my spare time. I haven't done anything with it this entire year, but I will be back to it shortly.

Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: 80CX100 on November 29, 2020, 08:37:45 PM
     This whole year and especially the riding season was almost surreal, nothing played out the way I intended; working on some frustrating aspects of the modern over engineered bikes took the wind out of my sails, and I switched gears and concentrated on other mechanical adventures, trucks, tractors, hydraulics etc, for most of the year riding was the furthest thing from my mind.

     The funny thing is, as soon as the snow started blowing in, I had a real urge to get a simple 2 stroke trail bike and a vintage bike on the road, back to basics.

     I remember earlier in the year how excited you were when you got your old chopper out on the road, sometimes a change is as good as a holiday.

     I'd recommend to anyone contemplating making a big change on anything right now, if at all possible, wait until spring, everything in the world is a little topsy turvy this year, it's like a bad acid trip, but it won't last forever.

     Hopefully spring brings a little clarity and order to the chaos.

     Kelly
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: cliffrod on November 29, 2020, 08:42:51 PM
My opinion- The most important opportunity at hand is to be able to thank your wife and tell her she was right in the near future.  She's more important than any bike. 

Properly Mothball the bikes for now.  Sell them later if you still want or need to sell them.   
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: MMRanch on November 30, 2020, 12:56:29 AM
Bob I think I know what the problem is :

You , went to Motorcycles instead of Bikes . 

Everyone knows Bikes are FUN ,

Park your-self on something like a Honda 500 or 300 Rebel for a 30 minute ride , and forget about those "Motorcycles"

Or What about that RE - Himalaya  - Suzuki Van-Van 200

One of those FUN - LITTLE BIKES !   :azn:

Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: bobrebos on November 30, 2020, 03:55:55 AM
If they don't make you happy anymore.... sell them! If later in life you feel the need to ride again buy another. They are inanimate objects and nothing that cannot be replaced!

Excellent point!
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: s1120 on November 30, 2020, 06:01:24 AM
I tell you going through this past - year has been hard on everyone even if they dont know it. I can add to that, in that 2 years ago I quit a long time job to care for my MIL with alzhimers, and I tell you...  being home, and locked away KILLS any motivation you have!!!  You know you should...  and you want to do something, but you just cant. Its a real thing, and its tough, and the thing is some dont even know they are going through it. Hell I dont think I touched one of my guitars in 8 months... I used to play every day..  Its going into winter now.. Values lower on the bikes anyways, just mothball them up for the winter, and revisit this in the spring. We are hoping for a better year, and it might just be the spark to get you going.
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: chuck peterson on November 30, 2020, 06:29:47 AM
I remember the last few times I quit... :grin:

Given the choice of riding or not, i chose smaller, lighter, easier. Donít rule out what one of these can do to bring a smile...

4 valve 350cc, 16Ē wheels, interlinked abs disc brakes, goes 85mph w a cup of coffee in my left hand, twist and go..and light weight around the garage

https://newyork.craigslist.org/brk/mcy/d/brooklyn-piaggio-bv-350/7226595751.html


(https://i.ibb.co/hmQY426/1-CE6-C9-FE-466-D-4004-81-DE-F27732238752.jpg) (https://ibb.co/hmQY426)

(https://i.ibb.co/2ktsgDL/79355-D3-A-F819-4-C9-F-945-C-2-C08828-E80-D6.jpg) (https://ibb.co/2ktsgDL)
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: berniebee on November 30, 2020, 06:53:56 AM
We all have our own reasons for riding, and if your reasons have faded away, then sure, sell 'em. But keep in mind that it HAS been a very strange year.


Wait until spring. If the fever doesn't hit you then, you'll know it's time. But keep your helmet.
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: berniebee on November 30, 2020, 07:06:25 AM
I tell you going through this past - year has been hard on everyone even if they dont know it. I can add to that, in that 2 years ago I quit a long time job to care for my MIL with alzhimers, and I tell you...  being home, and locked away KILLS any motivation you have!!!  You know you should...  and you want to do something, but you just cant. Its a real thing, and its tough, and the thing is some dont even know they are going through it. Hell I dont think I touched one of my guitars in 8 months... I used to play every day..  Its going into winter now.. Values lower on the bikes anyways, just mothball them up for the winter, and revisit this in the spring. We are hoping for a better year, and it might just be the spark to get you going.

About the ONLY thing that motivates me these days is my guitar playing. Once I've started I'll put hours and hours into it. If you like to jam but can't get out, you might want to try Jamkazam. It requires a high speed wired connection and an audio interface (and a bit of time to set up- many utube videos to help out.) but it allows you to play along with others in real time from the comfort of your own space.

Kudos to you for taking care of your MIL. It's a terrible disease, my mother had it. It's much harder on the caregiver than the patient and that's in normal times. So take care of yourself, especially in this awful year.
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: s1120 on November 30, 2020, 07:29:09 AM
About the ONLY thing that motivates me these days is my guitar playing. Once I've started I'll put hours and hours into it. If you like to jam but can't get out, you might want to try Jamkazam. It requires a high speed wired connection and an audio interface (and a bit of time to set up- many utube videos to help out.) but it allows you to play along with others in real time from the comfort of your own space.

Kudos to you for taking care of your MIL. It's a terrible disease, my mother had it. It's much harder on the caregiver than the patient and that's in normal times. So take care of yourself, especially in this awful year.

Ill have to check that out. I have been a living room player for about 10 years, and had just started joining a local folk jam a few years ago.. and learned I have a LOT to learn!!!  - shut that down, and here I am...  Once this is over I really need to work on my skills of playing with others.    And ya... its tough..  Just last month I did break down and got a parttime job a few days a week. With the wife working from home with - it gave me a little freedom to get out. Oh MAN its nice being out doing, and learning something with new people!!   
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: DougG on November 30, 2020, 07:36:47 AM
Hi All,                                                                                                               11-30-20

I don't understand what the big deal is about quitting something...I've quit drinking several times!

Be well, stay well,
DougG
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: Deno on November 30, 2020, 07:41:40 AM
I have been through this twice. Once with bikes and once with cars. The purge and restarts were not at the same time and they were no big deal.
Sell if you think you need to and keep some of that cash for when/if you may change your mind. Just do not regret your decision. That would be the big mistake.
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: Mayor_of_BBQ on November 30, 2020, 07:47:28 AM
Hey Bob what color is your Stelvio  :evil:
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: tris on November 30, 2020, 08:17:43 AM
I remember the last few times I quit... :grin:

Given the choice of riding or not, i chose smaller, lighter, easier. Donít rule out what one of these can do to bring a smile...

4 valve 350cc, 16Ē wheels, interlinked abs disc brakes, goes 85mph w a cup of coffee in my left hand, twist and go..and light weight around the garage

https://newyork.craigslist.org/brk/mcy/d/brooklyn-piaggio-bv-350/7226595751.html


(https://i.ibb.co/hmQY426/1-CE6-C9-FE-466-D-4004-81-DE-F27732238752.jpg) (https://ibb.co/hmQY426)

(https://i.ibb.co/2ktsgDL/79355-D3-A-F819-4-C9-F-945-C-2-C08828-E80-D6.jpg) (https://ibb.co/2ktsgDL)



THIS!

I was finding the manhandling the big Breva and fear of dropping and finding when I did it was all too easy to go ridiculous amounts over the speed limit made riding all together too hard

So I got rid and went for a V9 Roamer which is so much less trouble

Sadly we're now constrained by Lockdown rules, but I can't wait to get back on the bike

I'm even planning options to go to IOM, Wales again or down Norfolk way!

Let things settle down and then think again
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: borderer on November 30, 2020, 01:14:59 PM
 Yes Been there. This year I spent a lot of time in the spring  fettling the 1200 sport. When i rode it again I just wasnt enjoying it anymore. too heavy and the riding position was getting too painful. I considered selling my other two bikes but decided to buy a V85TT.  Back in love with riding now. done more miles on the bike than the car (first time since I was in my 20s).
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: Motormike on November 30, 2020, 01:32:51 PM
Bob, I'm 64 and hope I several years of riding left.  While every person is different, I think you just need a "motorcycle" change of pace. Next spring, when the vaccines are widely distributed and - is in the rear view mirror, take a guided tour somewhere, on your bike or a rental.  Take a training course. BMW offers a great one at their plant in Spartanburg. Never too old to learn. Consider getting a smaller bike.  I knew a couple of guys in their late 60's that toured all over the country on Suzuki Bergman 650 scooters. 
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: larrys on November 30, 2020, 02:19:59 PM
I came close four years ago to giving up the sport and selling my Cal. I had been dogged by persistent and chronic sciatic pain for a number of years and it wasn't getting any better. I would go for a half hour spin and my leg would be on fire for three days. Not good.
I was able to self diagnose the problem, and then took the steps to fix the issue (misaligned pelvis and sacrum). I have been pain free for two years and have ridden more in the last year than in the previous five years combined. I scratched a new bike itch last year and picked up the Monster.
67 and still strong, not going to stop anytime soon.
Larry
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: Muzz on November 30, 2020, 02:44:46 PM
72 and still going strong Bob.

Had my Breva for 16 years.  The size suits me fine. I can still do a 300-350 mile trip in a day ok.

I think bike size to suit is paramount.
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: Rich A on November 30, 2020, 02:46:22 PM
Also related to the advice thread: More often than not, you can change your mind.

Rich A
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: Sasquatch Jim on November 30, 2020, 05:22:42 PM
 I am 76 years old and firmly believe that the time to quit riding is when the undertaker pries my dead hands from the handlebars.
 The fact that that time is approaching has not changed my attitude.  I continue to ride when temps are above 30 farenheight.
 And maybe a little lower on some occasions.
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: Bill on November 30, 2020, 06:05:43 PM
Yes, at some point every rider has to make these decisions. I think instead of just quitting one might  consider just cutting back. First, ride more conservatively to compensate for older age. Next choose when you want to ride. When older you don't need to ride in the super cold or the supper hot. If it looks rainy maybe stay at home. Lastly consider downsizing. I still have my FJR and my 98EV but I'm now putting more miles on my lowered 1200 Bandit. (BTW lowering is also a consideration as you get older) I'm going on 73 and in the next few years, the bigger bikes likely will go. If the Bandit seems difficult I'll downsize  to another lighter bike before I give it up.
Bill
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: dlapierre on November 30, 2020, 06:32:43 PM
I'm 73. I hear your concerns. I sold what I had for big bikes earlier this year and now only have a smaller one for putzing around bush trails and maybe for doing the odd short run for a few groceries. Cheaper than driving the truck, is my rationalization.
I'm not interested any more in going fast or far. The change to a smaller bike has turned out to be the just the right decision.
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: Motormike on November 30, 2020, 07:30:25 PM
For what it's worth, about a year ago I sold my 2003 K1200gt to an older rider.  He was 80!  It was kind of funny when he straddled the bike to ride home...first words out of his mouth, "where are the footpegs?!"  Oh, there they are, way back there!
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: Sasquatch Jim on December 01, 2020, 09:57:27 AM
 Well I rode this morning and it was 23 degrees F. That is nose hair cold.
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: bobrebos on December 01, 2020, 01:47:22 PM
I'm 73. I hear your concerns. I sold what I had for big bikes earlier this year and now only have a smaller one for putzing around bush trails and maybe for doing the odd short run for a few groceries. Cheaper than driving the truck, is my rationalization.
I'm not interested any more in going fast or far. The change to a smaller bike has turned out to be the just the right decision.

That might be the route I go!
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: wavedog on December 01, 2020, 01:59:49 PM
Hang in there, Bob. You will do what's right for you.
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: stonelover on December 01, 2020, 02:10:02 PM
Hope to see 82 years in January and still riding. Don't want anything heaver than my current V7 Stone II, but I like having something that allows me to use interstates when needed. Riding is still within my  capabilities even though my physical prowess is diminished over what it once was. Began riding in my teens and during the periods since then that I have been without a bike I envied those who were riding. No more long rides as my dog at home keeps me on a four hour radius tether. Plenty of good riding within that limit.

Hope that you make the choice that is right for you!

Bill H.
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: twowheeladdict on December 01, 2020, 04:19:33 PM
Bob your request is denied.   :bike-037:

Since I recently met you at the Fall Creek Falls camping trip, I though I might nudge you based on our last conversation.

Remember sitting on this?

(https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-ggN2jhd/0/ca84e272/L/i-ggN2jhd-L.jpg)

I'm sure that you could trade the Stelvio for the lighter V85TT.  :thumb:

I'll even help you with the link.  :evil:

https://sloansmotorcycle.com/Murfreesboro-Tennessee-37129/New-2020-Moto-Guzzi-V85-TT-Adventure/VDP/415917d8-df15-4fb6-a9a4-42f0ac6101bb (https://sloansmotorcycle.com/Murfreesboro-Tennessee-37129/New-2020-Moto-Guzzi-V85-TT-Adventure/VDP/415917d8-df15-4fb6-a9a4-42f0ac6101bb)

If you need someone to help you knock the dust off those bikes, just let me know.  I can ride up from Huntsville one weekend and we can rip the nearby mountains.

How very selfless of you.  LOL! 
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: twowheeladdict on December 01, 2020, 04:27:03 PM
Bob, you are welcome to come over sometime and give my smaller bikes a whirl. 

I know sometimes I just don't feel like putting on all the gear just to go riding.  When I make myself do it I enjoy the ride, but I wish I could just grab a helmet and gloves, hop on the bike and go for a short ride. 

Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: Chuck in Indiana on December 01, 2020, 06:04:05 PM
Bob, you are welcome to come over sometime and give my smaller bikes a whirl. 

I know sometimes I just don't feel like putting on all the gear just to go riding.  When I make myself do it I enjoy the ride, but I wish I could just grab a helmet and gloves, hop on the bike and go for a short ride.

No sh#t. Many years ago when I was at a (ahem) BMW club breakfast (this is before Guzzi)  :evil: an old fart was saying the same thing. Now, I feel the same way.
Comma but.
I know better. If you've ridden long enough, you'll know too.
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: twowheeladdict on December 02, 2020, 05:36:44 AM
No sh#t. Many years ago when I was at a (ahem) BMW club breakfast (this is before Guzzi)  :evil: an old fart was saying the same thing. Now, I feel the same way.
Comma but.
I know better. If you've ridden long enough, you'll know too.

Older and wiser and constantly thinking about the "What ifs".  Kinda sucks.  Now I truly know the meaning of "ignorance is bliss".  LOL!

As a teenager in Daytona Beach I rode with flip flops, swim shorts, and an old half helmet that had layers of different color rattle can paint.  I only put on more layers and more helmet based on the weather.  Not sure how much I would have ridden the bike to the beach if I was required to wear boots, pants, jacket, gloves, etc. 
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: bobrebos on December 02, 2020, 05:55:12 AM

(https://i.ibb.co/QXDJHQj/2019-08-15-09-27-49.jpg) (https://ibb.co/QXDJHQj)
Hey Bob what color is your Stelvio  :evil:

The best color for a Stelvio in my opinion (Background behind my Gold Wing).  Im thinking about selling them both.   I have some decisions to make soon i think.
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: bobrebos on December 02, 2020, 06:01:36 AM
I remember the last few times I quit... :grin:

Given the choice of riding or not, i chose smaller, lighter, easier. Donít rule out what one of these can do to bring a smile...

4 valve 350cc, 16Ē wheels, interlinked abs disc brakes, goes 85mph w a cup of coffee in my left hand, twist and go..and light weight around the garage

https://newyork.craigslist.org/brk/mcy/d/brooklyn-piaggio-bv-350/7226595751.html


(https://i.ibb.co/hmQY426/1-CE6-C9-FE-466-D-4004-81-DE-F27732238752.jpg) (https://ibb.co/hmQY426)

(https://i.ibb.co/2ktsgDL/79355-D3-A-F819-4-C9-F-945-C-2-C08828-E80-D6.jpg) (https://ibb.co/2ktsgDL)


I had a Suzuki Burgman 650 scooter.  That thing was nice!  I have no idea why I sold it.  lol. 
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: bobrebos on December 02, 2020, 06:03:32 AM
Understand completely, bikes were ridden to storage in Feb while the house was being reconstructed. Managed to finally get out for a ride about 2 weeks ago and then the weather went bad. Bikes are still in storage and look like they will be all winter. It's ironic that this year I had been planning on Il and Wi rallies since in theory we were wintering away and would be around most of the summer. Best laid plans.

Yep, planning never goes as planned.  lol.  Hope you can get out on them before too long!
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: bobrebos on December 02, 2020, 06:09:06 AM
Will be a whole lot easier to sell in the spring anyways. Maybe sell two, keep your favorite one and see what happens. I do know how you feel. At 60 and with arthritis i struggle with my hands and knees. Especially my knees.  So mine may go up for sale spring. Just not sure yet! I need both knees replaced and I am afraid that I will regret letting her go if that pans out good.

Wait until the knees are replaced to decide maybe....
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: bobrebos on December 02, 2020, 06:19:15 AM
I am 76 years old and firmly believe that the time to quit riding is when the undertaker pries my dead hands from the handlebars.
 The fact that that time is approaching has not changed my attitude.  I continue to ride when temps are above 30 farenheight.
 And maybe a little lower on some occasions.

 :thumb:
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: ChuckH on December 02, 2020, 06:34:53 AM
During the last ten years or so of my motorcycle riding, I rode to various rallies in the Greater Midwest.  I had a list of those events that I enjoyed attending, mostly Guzzi with a couple of Beemer events thrown in.  Almost all within a day's ride (600 miles or so) from where I live near Indianapolis, the furthest, and probably my favorite, being the MN Rally in Grand Marais.  Unfortunately, most of this riding was alone and I do have some minor health issues that seem to crop up unexpectedly.  I had already made the down-sizing move, having changed from a Stelvio to a lighter R1200R.  I had looked at the smaller Guzzis but they couldn't carry me and the equipment that I wanted to carry on the longer distances.

When I hit 84 a few years ago, I decided it was time to change from a two-wheeler to a four-wheeler, primarily for my personal safety.  Our son, an engineer at GM with long time experience with Corvettes, advised me on what to look for.  I found one.  That is now the "four-wheel motorcycle" I use to travel to my favorite rallies.  I can easily carry all my normal equipment and, most importantly, I can still see the many friends I've met through the years.

Travel safe guys and gals.
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: bobrebos on December 02, 2020, 06:42:18 AM
I might start to get into jeeps (Had a CJ-7 when I was younger).  Maybe something like this Wrangler to go four wheeling out by my cabin. Hmm...maybe replace motorcycles with a jeep! 

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/3659101260878166/?ref=search&referral_code=undefined


(https://i.ibb.co/x1m6907/cabin-nov-2019.jpg) (https://ibb.co/x1m6907)
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: SIR REAL ED on December 02, 2020, 06:43:46 AM
Excellent thread gents.  Full of age accumulated wisdom.  This is the kind of thread that makes WG a special place.

Quit riding or don't quit!  You can always change your mind later.

Sometimes getting out of something sparks interest, especially in the sense of window shopping, wondering, and anticipating.

Often a change of self is needed more than a change of scenery or activities.
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: SIR REAL ED on December 02, 2020, 06:47:09 AM
I might start to get into jeeps (Had a CJ-7 when I was younger).  Maybe something like this Wrangler to go four wheeling out by my cabin. Hmm...maybe replace motorcycles with a jeep! 

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/3659101260878166/?ref=search&referral_code=undefined


(https://i.ibb.co/x1m6907/cabin-nov-2019.jpg) (https://ibb.co/x1m6907)


Oddly enough, I was looking at a very nice 1999 Jeep Cherokee with 130,000 miles the other day for $6500.  My wife's 2000 Cherokee on 190,000.  I know friends with 250k, 280k, and 404k on theirs.  You can't kill the inline 4.0 liter engine.
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: Wildroamer on December 02, 2020, 07:41:43 AM
My vet is that you are going to be so damn happy and surprised at what those new knees do for you that you will embrace riding like you haven't in years. I know personally or have spoken with many people who had knees replaced. So far, every single one of them has been amazed at the results. And in short order, for most. For most , the common theme has been, "I wish I did this years ago!"
Good luck, and I agree...don't do anything until you have recovered from the surgeries.
My .02
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: bobrebos on December 02, 2020, 10:20:42 PM
So.... Guzzi 850tt weighs about 100 pounds less than my 2013 Stelvio I think (505lbs to 600 lbs).  A Triumph 850 sport weighs about the same (500lbs) with the luggage i think.

And a Jeep wrangler with winch etc etc weighs quite a bit more.  LOL.  Im all over the place here.

https://www.triumphmotorcycles.com/configure/bike/edde3425-6111-4bcd-bde7-7bfd3b7d712c/configure#config

https://sloansmotorcycle.com/Murfreesboro-Tennessee-37129/New-2020-Moto-Guzzi-V85-TT-Premium-Graphics-850/VDP/f420266c-e0a6-4489-9c39-97ad6d873b63

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2903101396457058

I have some thinking to do......

 :thewife:
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: ChuckH on December 03, 2020, 05:31:54 AM
Bob, 

Actually, I think your Stelvio is closer to 640#, Wet with the tank full, and the rear cases mounted but empty.  My 2012 was. 

What I've seen of the 85TT was very encouraging.  It would be very high on the list if I were to get back into bike riding.  About the only thing I didn't like was the tube-type tires.  Tubeless are so much easier to repair on the road.

Ride safe out there.
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: twowheeladdict on December 03, 2020, 05:42:19 AM
So.... Guzzi 850tt weighs about 100 pounds less than my 2013 Stelvio I think (505lbs to 600 lbs).  A Triumph 850 sport weighs about the same (500lbs) with the luggage i think.

And a Jeep wrangler with winch etc etc weighs quite a bit more.  LOL.  Im all over the place here.

https://www.triumphmotorcycles.com/configure/bike/edde3425-6111-4bcd-bde7-7bfd3b7d712c/configure#config

https://sloansmotorcycle.com/Murfreesboro-Tennessee-37129/New-2020-Moto-Guzzi-V85-TT-Premium-Graphics-850/VDP/f420266c-e0a6-4489-9c39-97ad6d873b63

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2903101396457058

I have some thinking to do......

 :thewife:

Bob, sell all your current bikes, get the V85TT, and an older jeep with the 4.0 engine, especially if you really want to off-road with it.  Smaller is better and the Wranglers get larger and larger every generation. 

IMO, Jeeps are overpriced for what you get.  I've been wanting one since my buddy had a CJ5 when we were teenagers in Daytona Beach.  Periodically I would get the itch and go looking but could never find one at a price I was willing to pay.  When the price looked reasonable the vehicle was in need of all kinds of mechanical repair. 

I'm crossing my fingers that the Bronco will turn out to be a reliable vehicle and might be what I buy when I retire from riding one day.
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: bobrebos on December 03, 2020, 06:00:34 AM
Bob, 

Actually, I think your Stelvio is closer to 640#, Wet with the tank full, and the rear cases mounted but empty.  My 2012 was. 

What I've seen of the 85TT was very encouraging.  It would be very high on the list if I were to get back into bike riding.  About the only thing I didn't like was the tube-type tires.  Tubeless are so much easier to repair on the road.

Ride safe out there.

Tube-type tires?  Hmmm,,, not good but Im looking at a Triumph that is chain driven so i guess you gotta give in to a few things.  nothing is perfect!
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: bobrebos on December 03, 2020, 06:03:16 AM
Bob, sell all your current bikes, get the V85TT, and an older jeep with the 4.0 engine, especially if you really want to off-road with it.  Smaller is better and the Wranglers get larger and larger every generation. 

IMO, Jeeps are overpriced for what you get.  I've been wanting one since my buddy had a CJ5 when we were teenagers in Daytona Beach.  Periodically I would get the itch and go looking but could never find one at a price I was willing to pay.  When the price looked reasonable the vehicle was in need of all kinds of mechanical repair. 

I'm crossing my fingers that the Bronco will turn out to be a reliable vehicle and might be what I buy when I retire from riding one day.

Im not a big fan of the new bronco.  I do like the older jeeps with the 4.0.  Il find one someday! 

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=new+ford+bronco&docid=608041015953458013&mid=81F0A55220934D25DB1781F0A55220934D25DB17&view=detail&FORM=VIRE

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/389461242407951/?ref=browse_tab&referral_code=undefined
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: twowheeladdict on December 03, 2020, 07:08:49 AM
Hey Bob,

Here is a capture of an email I just received from Moto Guzzi. 


(https://i.ibb.co/D8Z2dhq/moto-guzzi-sale.jpg) (https://ibb.co/D8Z2dhq)
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: Kiwi_Roy on December 03, 2020, 07:16:34 AM
Tube-type tires?  Hmmm,,, not good but Im looking at a Triumph that is chain driven so i guess you gotta give in to a few things.  nothing is perfect!
Then just convert them, I did my new V7 at the first tire change, my 72 Eldorado is about 5 years tubeless.
The owner of this old Indian showed me how to do it years ago.
Only problem is you really have to do your own tires, the dealers won't touch them.
(https://i.ibb.co/pfSnw0N/DSCN0330.jpg) (https://ibb.co/D9ZLWVm)
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: bobrebos on December 03, 2020, 07:47:26 AM
Hey Bob,

Here is a capture of an email I just received from Moto Guzzi. 


(https://i.ibb.co/D8Z2dhq/moto-guzzi-sale.jpg) (https://ibb.co/D8Z2dhq)


 :thumb:
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: bobrebos on April 13, 2021, 05:02:28 AM
Well, bumping up an old topic as the feelings have came back.  For some reason lately, I am paranoid while riding my motorcycle that someone in a car is going to run right over me!  Is that a sign that I need to sell my bikes and do a safer hobby?  Hmmmm?????  I think it might be time to pull the trigger and change hobbies.

I am going to ride a bit more this year and then decide but am leaning toward getting out of riding.  It might be time!  Being paranoid of a bad accident when riding isnt any fun.
 Oh well, life goes on. 

Then I think maybe a change of bikes, riding equipment updating to newer etc, may be all that I need.  In other words, slight changes to my hobby rather then getting out of it completely.  A decision one way or another will be made fairly soon I think.

Ride safe out there. :undecided:
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: Kiwi_Roy on April 13, 2021, 05:22:29 AM
NO WAY
You are just a spring chicken, lots of fight left in you yet!
Now the Stelvio and the Goldwing might be too porky for you, change those out for something lighter, one of the new V7s perhaps.
Take a riders training course perhaps to boost your confidence, that's what I did coming back from a 40 year hiatus, taught me how to handle busy traffic, the best money I ever spent, lots of fun too.
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: huub on April 13, 2021, 05:36:01 AM
Quote
Well, bumping up an old topic as the feelings have came back.  For some reason lately, I am paranoid while riding my motorcycle that someone in a car is going to run right over me!  Is that a sign that I need to sell my bikes and do a safer hobby?  Hmmmm?????  I think it might be time to pull the trigger and change hobbies.

I am going to ride a bit more this year and then decide but am leaning toward getting out of riding.  It might be time!  Being paranoid of a bad accident when riding isnt any fun.
 Oh well, life goes on.

Then I think maybe a change of bikes, riding equipment updating to newer etc, may be all that I need.  In other words, slight changes to my hobby rather then getting out of it completely.  A decision one way or another will be made fairly soon I think.

Ride safe out there. :undecided:

Not sure what your riding habits are , nowadays i rarely do long highway trips , ( too boring)
so the ducati and le mans hardly ever get ridden.
on the other hand , i am falling in love again with my morini 350 sport.
i bought the thing in 1983, ran it into the groundcommuting for years.
Rebuild it a couple of years ago, and now really enjoy a 130 kg bike, you can throw it into corners, and generally ride it flat out without it trying to kill you.
basically a 39 HP mountainbike...
a smaller bike might just be the answer for you!
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: bobrebos on April 13, 2021, 05:47:04 AM
Not sure what your riding habits are , nowadays i rarely do long highway trips , ( too boring)
so the ducati and le mans hardly ever get ridden.
on the other hand , i am falling in love again with my morini 350 sport.
i bought the thing in 1983, ran it into the groundcommuting for years.
Rebuild it a couple of years ago, and now really enjoy a 130 kg bike, you can throw it into corners, and generally ride it flat out without it trying to kill you.
basically a 39 HP mountainbike...
a smaller bike might just be the answer for you!

 :thumb:
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: twowheeladdict on April 13, 2021, 06:05:51 AM
I am always on high alert about getting run over which is why I am still here.

I avoid the main roads, shopping districts, tourist areas, and highways as much as possible

There are still many nearly deserted back roads to enjoy. 

Maybe smaller lighter bikes with good handling characteristics  and extra lighting installed to help get you noticed.
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: kballowe on April 13, 2021, 06:16:04 AM
You know that we've always had several motorcycles at any given time, but this 650 Kaw Versys is one of my favorites.  Light and easy to ride - and it'll run down the highway all day long.  Just hop on and go.  I changed the seat and a larger windscreen, etc to fit me, and then proceeded to run all over the country.




(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51113249098_83ae346e41_b.jpg)



Sometime later,  Kawasaki came out with the Versys 300.  Even lighter.   
And, who doesn't like Kawasaki green ???



(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51112782897_a21444abc7_b.jpg)



Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: bobrebos on April 13, 2021, 06:21:12 AM
You know that we've always had several motorcycles at any given time, but this 650 Kaw Versys is one of my favorites.  Light and easy to ride - and it'll run down the highway all day long.  Just hop on and go.  I changed the seat and a larger windscreen, etc to fit me, and then proceeded to run all over the country.




(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51113249098_83ae346e41_b.jpg)

 :thumb:  nice bike!
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: Huzo on April 13, 2021, 06:27:28 AM
You know that we've always had several motorcycles at any given time, but this 650 Kaw Versys is one of my favorites.  Light and easy to ride - and it'll run down the highway all day long.  Just hop on and go.  I changed the seat and a larger windscreen, etc to fit me, and then proceeded to run all over the country.
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51113249098_83ae346e41_b.jpg)
That chain looks a bit tight on the bottom run mate..
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: theoneandonly on April 13, 2021, 06:51:23 AM
i'm 61 , this last year has been very weird , i almost lost my mojo for riding , ( i ride everyday to work in London been riding since i was 19 ) cos we aren't meant to be going anywhere ( in the UK ). you think you want to stop riding , cos you haven't done any ....this will pass .  Lock-down will finish , it has to . if you really think it's time , keep one just in case . i cannot ( for me ) ever see a time when i don't have a bike .
 find an excuse to use the bike , go shopping for coffee on the other side of your town , come back the long way....
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: Luap McKeever on April 13, 2021, 07:04:29 AM
Well, bumping up an old topic as the feelings have came back.  For some reason lately, I am paranoid while riding my motorcycle that someone in a car is going to run right over me!  Is that a sign that I need to sell my bikes and do a safer hobby?  Hmmmm?????  I think it might be time to pull the trigger and change hobbies.

I am going to ride a bit more this year and then decide but am leaning toward getting out of riding.  It might be time!  Being paranoid of a bad accident when riding isnt any fun.
 Oh well, life goes on. 

Then I think maybe a change of bikes, riding equipment updating to newer etc, may be all that I need.  In other words, slight changes to my hobby rather then getting out of it completely.  A decision one way or another will be made fairly soon I think.

Ride safe out there. :undecided:

Yes. Absolutely. 100%. When I was teaching the MSF Rider Course, I told everyone...all the time...."If you're not 100% into it, don't do it."

My dad hung it up a few years ago too. Said he just woke up and could care less about riding again. He was 77 when he took his last ride. Said he didn't enjoy it even a little bit and was only thinking of home the whole time he was riding.

To this day, if I intend to ride and look at the bike and don't feel it all the way, I take a car instead. But, that's only happened about twice in the last decade :)

So, I'll close with this; If you're not 100% into it, don't do it.

Luap
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: oldbike54 on April 13, 2021, 07:08:31 AM
 Natural to change as we age . Riding isn't any more dangerous now than it was 53 years ago when I started , in fact the world isn't a more dangerous place than it was back then , but as we age and have seen what can go wrong our perception alters . If an individual isn't enjoying an activity any longer they should feel free to stop . I learned a long time ago to always listen to the "inner voice" , if it is telling you something , always wise to listen .

 Good fortune Bob in traveling whatever path you choose to take  :thumb:

 Dusty
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: Mayor_of_BBQ on April 13, 2021, 07:13:52 AM
Bob, you riding the Stelvio to the lunch meet on the 24th? Bring it along if you can. Maybe I can help you re-home that tall heavy thing  :evil:
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: Scout63 on April 13, 2021, 07:16:51 AM
At 57 Iíve gotten much more fearful over the past ten years of riding.  So much so that I think sometimes that coming home safely is the real thrill. Iíve given up limited access highways and rides longer than an hour or so.  I canít quit though since motorcycles are in my DNA.   I do find that trail riding is very relaxing. The new four stroke KTMs are extremely easy to ride at any speed.  Also I love restoring vintage bikes but just started a dune buggy project that will give me the same pleasure. Everyone has their own balance Bob and it is always evolving. 
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: Rough Edge racing on April 13, 2021, 07:18:38 AM
If they don't make you happy anymore.... sell them! If later in life you feel the need to ride again buy another. They are inanimate objects and nothing that cannot be replaced!
exactly...15 years ago when I was 58 Sold my vintage Brit Bikes. Had lost interest and was concentrating on my 37 Chevy hot rod truck...
 Five years later I sold the truck and got back into mostly vintage bikes...
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: SIR REAL ED on April 13, 2021, 07:20:09 AM
Lots of good advice in this thread.  Old Guys Rock!

my $0.02:

1.  Listen to your intuition ALWAYS!  It is a built in self-defense mechanism!!!  Anytime your gut says BACK OFF, listen!
2.  Sell one or more of your existing machines and see if a "hole" develops in your garage or activity list.  A feeling that you "need" something is a good indicator.
3.  Buy a very light bike, very different than what you currently own.  Preferably one that needs a bit of TLC.  See if it makes you feel like a kid on Christmas Eve.  Tinkering is almost always as satisfying as riding (for some of us anyway).
4.  Whatever you do, enjoy it!  There are no "ifs" in life!  Life is too short to waste time on crappy thoughts and moods!

 :grin:
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: bobrebos on April 13, 2021, 07:33:04 AM
Bob, you riding the Stelvio to the lunch meet on the 24th? Bring it along if you can. Maybe I can help you re-home that tall heavy thing  :evil:

Yeah I will be on my Stelvio that day.  Hoping for no rain!
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: bobrebos on April 13, 2021, 07:38:52 AM
Probably what i really need to do is quit these computer devices, as they are such a time dump.  I waste more time on my laptop or my phone than anything else. 

Maybe push myself to ride more, ands social media less!   :thumb:
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: tazio on April 13, 2021, 07:52:18 AM
Probably what i really need to do is quit these computer devices, as they are such a time dump.  I waste more time on my laptop or my phone than anything else. 

Maybe push myself to ride more, ands social media less!   :thumb:

What!? And miss out on Godzilla poop and Alien posts!?
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: elvisboy77 on April 13, 2021, 08:06:36 AM
Probably what i really need to do is quit these computer devices, as they are such a time dump.  I waste more time on my laptop or my phone than anything else. 

Maybe push myself to ride more, ands social media less!   :thumb:

AMEN.  I punted all social media like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  Giant time waste.
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: MotoG5 on April 13, 2021, 08:26:05 AM
Well, bumping up an old topic as the feelings have came back.  For some reason lately, I am paranoid while riding my motorcycle that someone in a car is going to run right over me!  Is that a sign that I need to sell my bikes and do a safer hobby?  Hmmmm?????  I think it might be time to pull the trigger and change hobbies.

I am going to ride a bit more this year and then decide but am leaning toward getting out of riding.  It might be time!  Being paranoid of a bad accident when riding isnt any fun.
 Oh well, life goes on. 

Then I think maybe a change of bikes, riding equipment updating to newer etc, may be all that I need.  In other words, slight changes to my hobby rather then getting out of it completely.  A decision one way or another will be made fairly soon I think.

Ride safe out there. :undecided:
Two years ago I sold my Stelvio and picked up a V9 Bobber. Got it set up the way I wanted it and have continued to enjoy local riding when I feel like it and the weather is right. Go riding with a couple of buddies when we can. If I go to any events it goes on the trailer. At 71 this has worked out well for me. I avoid riding in the city as much as I can and stick to the back roads and country side. Still well worth it for me.






Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: Rich A on April 13, 2021, 08:46:50 AM
If you quit riding will you have lots of other fun things to do? If you do, I think the transition will be easier. If mc riding has been the activity you enjoy more than anything else, it'll be harder.

Is there something you've wanted to try doing but never got around to?

If it's safe to ride a bicycle where you are, you might consider an Ebike.

Rich A
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: kingoffleece on April 13, 2021, 09:16:36 AM
Everything is paid for.  Keep ONE at least.  You never know.
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: egschade on April 13, 2021, 10:35:44 AM
If you quit riding will you have lots of other fun things to do? If you do, I think the transition will be easier. If mc riding has been the activity you enjoy more than anything else, it'll be harder.

Is there something you've wanted to try doing but never got around to?

If it's safe to ride a bicycle where you are, you might consider an Ebike.

Rich A

Totally agree - think about what you want to do rather than just going cold turkey. Change can be good IF you manage it. I went from bikes to some vintage sports cars a few years ago following a really rough riding year. Took about 5 years but I got back into bikes (Guzzi's!) and have been riding again since.

I do regret selling all my bikes and really wish I had kept my favorite ('76 CB400F). The bug may return so KOF's advice is also good. Maybe having just one will be more motivating and engaging than several. Less work, fewer decisions, more riding.
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: poorBob on April 13, 2021, 11:52:20 AM
Unloaded the Motus, Stelivo went to a good home, Aprilia is up for sale and I'm keeping my 82.5k miles Triumph in hopes of getting it to 100k.

A half hour on a bike and I'm now exhausted - used to ride to Canada from Georgia in a single day. I've been one step ahead of the blues for a couple decades but recent event shut me down and now blues have caught me. It doesn't look like blues is practicing catch and release so...

...I got a puppy and am concentrating on raising him and training him. I spend 24 hours a day with him.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhPxBPFatNk
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: bobrebos on April 13, 2021, 12:35:00 PM
What!? And miss out on Godzilla poop and Alien posts!?

Hopefully!
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: bobrebos on April 13, 2021, 12:38:09 PM
AMEN.  I punted all social media like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  Giant time waste.

 :thumb:
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: GeorgiaGuzzi on April 13, 2021, 01:34:30 PM
Well, bumping up an old topic as the feelings have came back.  For some reason lately, I am paranoid while riding my motorcycle that someone in a car is going to run right over me!  Is that a sign that I need to sell my bikes and do a safer hobby?  Hmmmm?????  I think it might be time to pull the trigger and change hobbies.


Bob, I think Luap had the best advice.

All I can add is that fear is not necessarily a bad thing. Last week I had to emergency stops twice. Once when a car pulled out from a convenience store and once when a car turned left into my right turn lane to cut thru traffic. (Yes head on to me) Such occurrences are not due to being on a motorcycle. For my job I drive a gasoline tanker. Loaded Iím right at 80,000 pounds (9,000) gallons of sloshy fuel. My truck sways like a cruiseliner when loaded. Go around a turn too fast, swerve to avoid something, or run off the edge of the road and Iím looking at serious injuries or a fatality. Inattentive drivers are just as dangerous to me when my rig is loaded as they are to me when Iím on my bike. Allowing that fear of a serious accident temper the risks I take benefits me and other drivers. I view that fear as good thing. Now if it becomes more than a background noise and becomes something that is making you lock up mentally, overreact needlessly, then it has become harmful and itís time to move on. That is just my opinion so take it with a grain of salt.
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: Jorg66 on April 13, 2021, 04:06:25 PM
@bobrebos,there you figured it out yourself, ...........ditched a few "sozialmedia" sites' ,when i want 'sozialmedia' I /we go for a Ride.
And doesn't matter the size or Make/Model.
That for me is one of the Reasons I bought a V 7 as backup bike,nice and handy .
Keep what you doing ,just with less !!!
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: Ncdan on April 13, 2021, 04:17:19 PM
You know Bob if you enjoyed the rallies, meeting your buddy pals for meals, the forum and such, thereís no reason you canít continue those enjoyments in any type of vehicle. Thatís going to be my plan as Iíve made and have too many great buddies with this motorcycling lifeís book chapter, that I canít see quitting just because Iím no longer on two wheels. Itíll all come together, thatís the way life seems to work. Best of luck👍

Dan
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: bad Chad on April 13, 2021, 05:50:53 PM
You don't really have to "quit" riding.  You can take time off for as long as you want, if you end up dying of old age or such before you get out for a ride, well such is life!
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: kirby1923 on April 13, 2021, 06:19:38 PM
Iím older than you Iím thinking and  many (!) things  Iíve done in my years  including my profession could be considered as ďhazardous to my health but I have always managed to land on my feet so to speak.

As I get older I really donít think about the hazard or what my gut feels, so if I have the enthusiasm to do something be it flying, riding horses or single track machines, what ever, if the desire is there I press on. The only thing I really consider is ..Am I fit to go, both mentally and physically.

Not interested in the odds, will deal w/the hazards.

I believe that if you lose the enthusiasm for the things you have enjoyed during your life including all its hazards then your on your way out, there are worse things in life than ______?

.02c


Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: Motormike on April 13, 2021, 08:39:58 PM
I turn 65 this week.  Still enjoy riding (almost) as much as I always have.  But there's no doubt the weight of larger bikes is becoming an issue.  Planning a long trip out west this June.  Might be my last one of those.  Putting in long hours in the saddle isn't the problem, but getting a good night's sleep on the road is becoming damn near impossible.  I'd like to give a sidecar a shot before I hang it up completely.  Always see riders with their dog in the sidecar, looks like they are both having a great time.
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: Tom on April 13, 2021, 09:10:50 PM
A hack is fun.   :thumb:
Title: Re: Might be time to quit riding
Post by: v85lover on April 13, 2021, 09:35:46 PM
If you sell your bikes and cannot ride, thatís when youíre going to want to..

I know that all to well don't I Huzo