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Old 04-17-2012, 04:15 PM   #1
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me : kneepads, started wearing them 1-1.5yrs ago.

made sense i wear them now.
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Old 04-17-2012, 04:28 PM   #4
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Old 04-17-2012, 04:35 PM   #5
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What's considered an "Old Guy"? I'm 41, never been to the track, have a ZX-10R and a Road King, but often prefer to ride the green bike. Anyone else of similar age? I almost always feel like I'm the only guy out there with some gray hair.....
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Old 04-17-2012, 04:37 PM   #6
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What's considered an "Old Guy"? I'm 41, never been to the track, have a ZX-10R and a Road King, but often prefer to ride the green bike. Anyone else of similar age? I almost always feel like I'm the only guy out there with some gray hair.....
few weeks shy of 28...about to have my 10year hs reunion...i do feel kinda old
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Old 04-17-2012, 04:37 PM   #7
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Has nothing to do with hwo old you are. Its more about the guys that have been riding for 15+ years.

And Im with Ed, I thought it was dumb at first, but its a great idea.
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Old 04-17-2012, 04:40 PM   #8
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I agree with the knee pads. also looking back at the younger guys, I have decided that I am not as much in a hurry like I used to be. that's why the next bike will be a put-put bike rather than a RR bike.
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What's considered an "Old Guy"? I'm 41, never been to the track, have a ZX-10R and a Road King, but often prefer to ride the green bike. Anyone else of similar age? I almost always feel like I'm the only guy out there with some gray hair.....
It's not an 'age' thing, as a 'riding age' thing, 50yr and 1 yr on a bike... not an 'old guy'. :-)
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...and I've noticed that the yunguns can recover from bouncing off a car better/faster than I do. :-)
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...and I've noticed that the yunguns can recover from bouncing off a car better/faster than I do. :-)
lol... it doesn't take years on a bike to figure that out. just one bounce will do me just fine,lol
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lol... it doesn't take years on a bike to figure that out. just one bounce will do me just fine,lol
true enough... I was thinking if i'd replicated Persh's get off, it'd be a month a couple weeks before I was ready to try to get out of bed. :-)
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I think, riding wise, better braking...positioning for coming into a corner for a safer stronger exit, was the most useful thing that I have been able to learn from my son (the youngin'). We sat many hours and talked about riding street vs track and I have been able to adapt my style for the better.

Bike wise, I have learned an "incredible" amount from his racing. The modern super-sport bike has come a long way since 1974, when I first got my license and started riding on the streets of Houston.
His racing has also taught me the requirements/classifications/regulations of the CMRA, and even more important was the suspension, geometry, tires/pressure, all of this I learned from those who supported and mentored him, and I think everyone was younger than me.

One thing I learned, that really amazed me, is the camaraderie that the racers have, on and off the track, as well as the many other riders that help their fellow riders, such as those on this forum

and as far as "OG", after riding street for, "wow" 37 years, the only person who said anything about old, was the officer who stopped me wheelie'n my bike (09zx10r) down the tollway, he said, "you're way to OLD to be doing that"
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the only person who said anything about old, was the officer who stopped me wheelie'n my bike (09zx10r) down the tollway, he said, "you're way to OLD to be doing that"
You shoulda told him you just have more practice.

What I have learned from young guys is just how stupid I used to be (see my sig pic, that's me in 1980 goin about 80 on 45 south, drivin with my feet and only a helmet)...
Haulin on the freeway (and everywhere else).
Not wearing gear.
Thinkin' I was a badass.

I just wish they would listen to the voice of experience, mine or others, when they get the chance. I wouldn't have (and they won't either) but I wish they would.
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When I was young,.........
...bikes looked like this

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What's considered an "Old Guy"? I'm 41, never been to the track, have a ZX-10R and a Road King, but often prefer to ride the green bike. Anyone else of similar age? I almost always feel like I'm the only guy out there with some gray hair.....
49 here. You may be surprised at how many sportbike riders there are well into their 60's.

I've learned a lot (don't know if they were all young) from posts, summaries of accidents, and accident statistics. I've learned much from my own mistakes that could have cost me my life - like crossing the center line on a curve because I entered too hot for my ability.

I may be here right now due to reading posts and watching videos of wrecks. I was on the BW8 feeder road just hours ago. I wanted to turn right, had my turn signal on and attempted to slow down, but the truck behind me didn't. I aborted my turn, accelerated, and came back around again (u -turned at the next crossover).

Since I was attempting to turn into the liquor store, would that have been an alcohol related accident?
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