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Going the Distance: Golden Years Riding

 
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Old 10-23-2018, 05:25 AM
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Age is less of a factor than health. I am in remarkably good overall health except for arthritis. But arthritis is a biggie. I am limited to a 150 miles per day before the pain gets too distracting to be safe. I still ride often. Just not for very far.
 
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Old 10-23-2018, 09:39 AM
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I'll be 71 next month, and plan on riding until I can't do it any more. As was said already, you must be in the proper frame of mind to ride safely, and there are lots of things that can distract you.
 
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Old 10-23-2018, 09:49 AM
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I'll be 62 in December, I have no plans on stopping. The good Lord has blessed me with pretty good health so far.
 
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Old 10-23-2018, 10:40 AM
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66 and no intention of quitting. I can still get on my road bicycle and knock out 20 miles in 1 hour and 20 minutes, so riding the motorcycle is still pretty easy. As Hank says, ďif the good Lordís willing and the creeks donít rise,Ē Iíll keep on riding.
 
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Old 10-23-2018, 11:56 AM
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Turning 69. Good health but have minor arthritis in hands which make riding very painful after a short distance. If It was just me on the road riding I'd ride 'til 80 but the other crazies on the road are becoming too great of an annoyance/threat. Instead of enjoying the scenery I'm having to pay too much attention to who is going to try to drive over me next. 30 years ago got into a bike wreck and have pins in my ankle. Drove home with a fractured ankle and never missed a day after that, just toughed through the pain (with the help of large quantities of beer). I was a manly man!! A couple of months ago I fractured the opposite ankle. Even my old friend beer didn't help! Toughing turned to whining! For all practical purposes I had turned into Bruce Jenner! I do not want to spend any more time, in my old age, in any pain which I can avoid. I am seriously considering giving up biking and sex (to include self abuse/masturbation) in order to forestall any chance of future injury. I also drink beer now only from my recliner to avoid falling off/down.
 
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Old 10-23-2018, 12:29 PM
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At 71 the only difference I feel is I get scared quicker when the back end breaks loose on a curve. Riding my 1200 on the Needles Highway in the Black Hills this summer was the most fun I've had in years, but had to take it a bit easy, daughter went with me, two up. Have a two year old granddaughter, hope she gives me a ride in my Harley sidecar rig in about 10 years. Her 9 year old brother drove a sidecar rig when he was 7 (not on pavement!), so it could happen. Be great to give my great grandkids rides, but I'd probably be breaking records to do that, highly unlikely.
 
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Old 10-23-2018, 02:03 PM
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Originally Posted by shorelasHD View Post
No. 15, approaching the apex Turn 1, NJMP Thunderbolt, age 70 !/2...
HELL YES!!! I bet he's a far better rider than many on 2 wheels. Thanks for sharing that.
 
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Old 10-23-2018, 05:56 PM
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Saw a picture of a WWll vet who was mid 90's and rode halfway across the USA. My goal is to beat if I get there.
And it was on a Harley!
 

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Old 10-23-2018, 06:10 PM
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Originally Posted by TejasJeff View Post
HELL YES!!! I bet he's a far better rider than many on 2 wheels. Thanks for sharing that.
Thanks, but the 70 1/2 age I think came from a commercial I was watching on FBN, I'm actually 69 1/2. Still, between the Stairmaster/running/and weight training, I'm doing my best to keep my muscles built up, and ready for anything. A close friend of mine died on his exercise machine at 60, what a way to go, compared to others dying in bed in a hospice with an IV. I'd like to think I'm looking at another 2 or even 3 decades before I have to give it up...

I'm not ready to give up so easily.
 

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Originally Posted by shorelasHD View Post

No. 15, approaching the apex Turn 1, NJMP Thunderbolt, age 70 !/2...


I would have guessed you were in your twenties!
 

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