I intend to keep riding as long as I can still walk and see! Obviously everyone is different, and their skills are not the same! After being off bikes for 30 years, I have returned to riding and have just purchased a 2015 Harley 1200 custom….Concerned safety, I am now taking a basic course in riding, have purchased all the safety gear and look forward (in increments) to once again ride…I am in excellent health.. .BTW, I am 75. I want something light and easy to handle. I think I’ll know when and no longer ride at night. I am 67 years old and ride a highly modified Kawasaki 1400 (172 HP) at least three times a week year round. One particular guy is probably in his 70’s and i had not seen him in a while. 20-154: Bicyclist signaling with hand G.S. I’m still very strong, work out 4-5 time per week with relatively heavy weight, practice and train others in martial arts, run, bike, etc. Exercise Bikes. I break all of society’s rules when I can do it without endangering others and get a rush every time. One test drive sold me on the spot, and I laid out $30 Grand on the spot, and have never regretted it, 23,000 miles later! “My first long ride out was to Blackpool and back, which was about a 100-mile trip. So I have been thinking about Selling my 93′ GoldWing lately. The question was raised in 2008 – it would be interesting to know if the author is still riding? I’ve never even thought about quitting. I really believe that I am a more alert and careful rider than I am a driver. I quit riding after a bike wreck when I was 17 that landed me in the hospital. All i do is change oil and put new tires on it. In the summertime I’m early away — up at 5am some Sunday mornings and home by midday, which leaves the rest of the day to do something else. That was 36 years ago. In an updated study published in the Anatomical Society’s Aging Cell journal, researchers in London compared 125 adults aged 55 to 79 who had continued cycling into old age and had maintained a relatively high level of exercise through adulthood with “75 age‐matched older adults and 55 young adults not involved in regular exercise.” (I will be reviewing his book in the Biker Law Blog soon. Now we get to the proper size bike and proper footwear. People will say they are a lot older and still riding fast, but that is where the introspection part comes in. I’m 72 and just downsized to a maxi scooter BMW C650GT and love to ride. He was quite surprised that I was 73 years old. I do, however, sometimes drive fast in short bursts, cruising at 60 mph. Shaw attributes his healthy lifestyle not only to cycling but the fact that he’s never given up work. I still love riding and love the bike, but looking back, I could have really been paralyzed or worse. My self made patch says “Ride to live and live to ride” yet the bike stays under cover 90% of the time. At one time my bikes were out-and-out race bikes, but now I don’t want to be flat-out all the time.”. It’s a convertible and has a nice heater and cd player. Some of those character go away quickly as you age. Brilliant three months of riding. There are a few older riders that I see at our local bike nights. There’s nothing like work to keep you going. For me, with my FZ-6 there was not enough clearance on the left peg to get my shoe (boot if I wore the proper footwear and size)under the shifter. Anyway, as for me, I have contemplated whether I should stop riding at a certain age. If you start them on the scoot along no pedals bikes - it teaches them balance far earlier, so they progress more easily. Once you’re in the habit of getting to work by bike, you’ll be better prepared for what … 20-172: Pedestrians and traffic signals G.S. Riding 12,000.00 miles per year. When I was in college, I did own and operate a Vespa motorscooter. My riding would be almost all country in WY, MT, SD and the like. I guess you could say I’m quitting while I’m ahead, however I do wish I could keep riding anywhere/everywhere. Ca., in my normal 100 mile Sunday cruise, I have close calls almost every time I went out in the crazy traffic headed for The famous Cook’s Corner. Ride safe, and trade for a Spyder Trike when you start having knee and ankle and reflex problems. Me, I simply have lost the desire. Riding the motorcycle is just one of the big number of examples you can have regarding this subject. I cannot ride as long however, whats worse I become fatigued quicker (the old stamina). Fast forward to 2009. SO – I have started to pay more attention and I no longer attmept to win the iron but award but I also know that for me, the day is comming. Bottom line, a person can ride at any age, as long as they keep themself in shape, ride safe,stay focused and learn to take more breaks than you did at 25. a car, a bicycle, or an electric wheel chair, death is surely So, I could use the money if I did it to get my RV, but the anxiety I go through to sell it doesn’t seem to be worth it. I have been Riding Motorcycles since I was 16. I mostly ride with a full leather jacket on no matter what as well. Anyway, the idea is not to give up your personal pleasures as long as you don’t affect the others around you. My bike was a write-off. Thanks for setting me straight. This is also the time when we beging to While you do not need to be Arnold to ride a motorcycle, you do need to have the physical strength necessary to safely ride. It happened so fast, that it is possible that the foot getting caught on the foot break (right side) kept me from making the turn. I might change my mind, but as I write this, I think I’ll have fond memories of my time in the saddle and leave it there. I have ridden in packs for many years. Like I said, I wanted to save a few grand, so did not get the 1000CC bike. I have guys that decide to hang it up more younger due to a serious accident. Some at 70 can do more than some at 40. well i just read your blog about getting older an i can tell you am 65 years old will be 66 in march i love riding my bike an am not the best of health on a fair amount of meds, but it does not put be in a stuber” thanks god for that i don’t know how much longer i’ll be able to ride but as long as i feal i still have good control of my bike an my secentes i will be riding as long as the good lord allow me to. Shaw may have hung up his race kit, but within six months he was back into regular riding — a habit that has endured. Will any of us ever get too old to ride out there? Those rocks and trees don’t pull out in front of you. I found myself lane-splitting at 85+ on the BMW and had a moment of insight. Age has nothing to do with you hobbies. I have no fear to ride again. That said, as far as what age?? I forgot to mention that I did an Ironbutt SaddleSore 1000, last yr ( 1000 miles in 24 hours) and an Ironbutt Buttburner 1500 Gold along with teh untold road miles rode thruout the year.. I think one needs to use self-introspection and reason even if it hurts. First of all, at what age should a child be able to master riding a two-wheeled bicycle (i.e. I sold my bikes 2 years ago, thinking that I would soon buy a new model and continue riding. For me, when that time comes, I’ll quit fucking too. I find myself talking out loud with glee in my full face helmet often. “My most recent crash was over three years ago now,” he says. Done the Dragon, the Snake (421)…all the nasty roads in my 60’s. I did not have proper shoes on but did not break any ankles or feet. I will always ride, but just slower and smaller bikes. And this isn’t some floozy cruise down the avenue we’re doing. Good luck and stay safe. Jack. Vehicle and bicycle operation on roadways G.S. Now that you are seated properly, put the bike in first gear … There will be a time when I need to stop riding, just like there is a time when I should stop driving. Fisher Price www.fisherprice.com has some great bikes with a handle bar on the back (comes off) so parents are able to push the bike while their little one is learning to peddle and steer. The luckiest among us live to make that choice. I’m 47, and I have a ten year old boy. The technology has come a long way on these bikes and they have more than enough power to get you around. “I was still at school and I had a wreck of a bike that I’d put together, all sorts of bits and pieces on it. Bert Munro, New Zealand . Older readers may appreciate a reminder and explanation. I am riding a Vulcan Classic 1500 and this past summer over eight thousand kilometers. Slight concussion, slight compressed vertebrae, but I fully recovered. You Will Look Bad. I have kids, grand kids and great grandkids whom I want to visit with for many years to come. (Name one bike in your life that you ever had to bench press?). ————– Accidents can and do happen but I try not to be the cause of my own demise or taking a chance on hurting someone else. But with bad knee, and ankle, it got harder and harder to hold up and maneuver my 900 lb. I’m older than you and could live with a Versys or a Triumph America or equivalent-sized bike. To be on a bike that’s bigger than your desire or reflex’s, you are asking for rash. Well everyone who knows me personally, or reads the Biker Law Blog, knows or should know that I sometimes embrace controversial topics. I ride a Moto Guzzi Norge 1200, so I’m not convinced you need a smaller, lighter bike at all. I plan to ride till I am to old when that is the question. Your life depends on it. How can they possibly be up on their game when they are sitting on their ass 7 days a week for hours at a time on an Internet chat room talking about riding? Maine requires that any person under the age of 16 riding a bicycle, as an operator or passenger, must wear a protective bicycle helmet. A motorcycle adds the dimension of balance to the equation. Typically, age 4 to 9, but most children can accomplish it at the earlier end of the spectrum, given appropriate instruction and encouragement. Kids can be carried in a number of ways, depending on the bike: They can sit on a bench or shelf on a rear rack, in a front bucket, box or container, or strapped into a bike … ‘World Championships are decided by pacing’: How important is it to pace your ride for time trials, racing and sportives? After some years I should stop driving. I’m 62 and still ride, but it does take a little more out of me than it did 30 years ago. Welcome, my name is Norman Gregory Fernandez, Esq. Not interested in quitting at 75. Did someone say “Canyons”? I’m 60 and been riding for more than half my life. He discovered racing aged 14. Ensure hydration balance and monitor urine colour. I live in Scotland where one can only ride safely for six months of the year – the other six being consumed by inclement weather – there are brave souls who ride all year – at the start of every new season you have to familiarise oneself with the rules of biking – I am now 58 and must admit I am not as physically fit as I once was – I stop more frequently and think twice before that risky manoeuvre – if one is honest I reckon we all know when it’s time to hang up our boots. Don’t … I rode a Kawasaki 250 street bike to work every day in Florida. We are experts in dealing with motorcycle accident cases. http://www.ulysses.org.au. I have been riding motorcycles since I was 33 or so, this would have been after I was married. We are finding that more and more new riders are coming into the world of motorcycling with little and often no previous experience. I mostly trail ride, but the places are scarce in Kansas, so I go to Colorado and Utah to ride a couple of times each year. Do u think life warns us when it would be time to stop? It’s a matter of, I won’t let this happen to my body again, whether it’s my fault or someone elses. The next time I tried 100 miles, it was a different story. vitamin C) and maintain bone health with vitamin D. !, I have had many close calls while riding , but I still have very good reflexes ! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. “I never told them my age; the bike was single-speed and fixed, and I did a long 28, my first ever, and it took me forever to reach that time again. Going back for more in May….Blue Ridge, Dragon, Smokies….I ride conservatively, safely and remain confident of my skills…The day I walk away from my bike will be a sad one because it has given me so many years of pure joy….but I know that day is coming. If you can’t read the headline, the answer is yes. He even went down once. I brought my last bike ( HD Tourer) from a guy who is 72 and wanted to get a cruiser. At 63 year old (40+ years riding) I see the question as being far from simple. I enjoyed the riding but I didn’t want that commitment any more. She was having no part of that and kept coming until she hit me and I and my bike went flying. !, road raced for about 10 years , road flat track , enduros , TT , right now I have a custom 100 inch Chop bike ,I built , I have put on about 9000 miles on it , a Honda CBRR 600 I have put 50000 Miles on , with clip on bars , not a sit up model , Love it , Love riding , my Passion !!!!! bike; it’s just that we have reached a point in life when we At age 5 or 6, they can be zipping around without training wheels and even taking small jumps on real dirt bikes. By California Motorcycle Accident Attorney Norman Gregory Fernandez, © 2008. So, do I quit running because I am 81 years old, and do I quit riding motorcycles because I am 81 years old? Of course i dream of having a beautiful full dress Harley but a little voice inside my head says …..you are not a young man any mote and this bike you have will give you the pleasure of riding with the confidence that it will not let you down. …city bike riding also has a limited exercise benefit. Fact is, with the way auto traffic is these days, I’m not so much worried about myself as I am the young kids buying crotch rockets that they don’t know how to ride. Really, how old is too old to ride a motorcycle, 60, 70, 80, or more? Conflicting thoughts and feelings, conflicting interests. On a motorcycle there may be no second chances if you eat it. He’s here on Wikipedia Rode for 46 years, no spills, now 81 and coasting…. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burt_Munro. I want some advise. Why would i ever quit such joy. Go to your local Honda dealer and have a look at the Honda CBR500r ABS. On a motorcycle this would be disastrous, especially for someone that age. Last night I was lucky I didn’t wind up on the third flow in a body cast. I am a real biker, and a real California Biker and Motorcycle Lawyer. I am a 69 year old female with nearly 100,000 miles under my belt and love touring.Still going strong…I was riding a BMW 1200gs but just downsized to a BMW 650 (800) lighter and better suited now that I’m admittedly pushing 70. A club I belong to is a veteran social club made up of veteran mostly from the Veitnam era and most of us ride as part of the club activities. . Nonetheless, I have many motorcycle accident clients who are very experienced riders. Most of my riding was done in Southern Calif, I moved back to Nova Scotia, Canada and when i did i decided to get ride of my motorcycles, thinking i would not probably be riding back here. I know that when I hit 50 I seemed to have slowed my riding down and have become more cautious. Ride too much old guy who rides for a few years ago – lighter better... 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