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Old 04-20-2020, 10:39 PM   #1
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When do you throw in the towel?

I've got a LEO buddy, mid 60s, over weight, bad knee that I rebuilt the carbs on his Venture. I rode the bike out to the dealer to get it inspected for him and left for home. Got a 911 call that he layed it down going up his short, little bit steep driveway. He and his wife managed to right it before I called back. So when is it time to stop riding? He used to ride patrol in the day.
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Old 04-21-2020, 07:28 AM   #2
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When my dad finally quit riding he said it came down to his reaction time. He just didnt feel like his reactions and reflexes were up to speed any longer, so he hung his keys up.
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Old 04-21-2020, 08:01 AM   #3
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When my dad finally quit riding he said it came down to his reaction time. He just didnt feel like his reactions and reflexes were up to speed any longer, so he hung his keys up.
>>> same with me > there is a decreasing U where 59S & 77 join south of Victoria i was coming back from falfurrias ... i had "spiritedly"ridden the twisties around LAGATO so i was full of myself ... i rev'd and as i accessed the U ... i just flat missed my line ... i opted to stand the bike rather than lean >>> i left the turn at app 50mph ... barely missed the guard rail ... barely missed 3 or 4 trees ... kept bike >CBR 1000r upright ... finally stopped about 50+ yards in an overgrown field ... rode the bike out of the field and back up to 59/77 access ... rode home at about 65 mph >>> LAST TRIP SOUTH >>> sold off the bikes >>> INATTENTION KILLS > older guys don't focus well SLOW REACTIONS stem from lack of situational awareness >>> Im still riding bicycles in downtown HOUSTON AUSTIN SAN ANTONIO but that time is coming too
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Old 04-21-2020, 10:56 AM   #4
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When you start feeling uncomfortable and start questioning your abilities, then it's time.

Age has nothing to do with it... Ability to safely operate ANYTHING has everything to do with it.

I know 80+ year old's shredding corners and functioning like they are in their 40's. I also know physically challenged people who can still safely operate within their abilities.

It's a self diagnosed deal. If you noticed someone struggling, it could be a plethora of things happening, but it shouldn't cause you to be the one who determines their future. I wanted my dad to stop working on heavy equipment when he was in his 60's due to his health... But he started eating better and started taking his meds like he is supposed to and now he is working strong well into his 70's.
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I will be 73 next month. I've been riding for about 60 years. My eyes, ears, reflexes, etc aren't as good as they used to be, but the quality of my bikes has gotten exponentially better over the years. So, I still ride. I don't take the chances I used to and have slowed down a bit. But I still love to ride and will continue until I can't do it anymore or I stop enjoying it.
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At 57 I have good days and bad days on the bike. Some days I'm in the groove and other days I feel a little off. I usually cut my ride short on the off days.
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Old 04-21-2020, 07:16 PM   #7
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At 57 I have good days and bad days on the bike. Some days I'm in the groove and other days I feel a little off. I usually cut my ride short on the off days.
I think this is true for all ages - perhaps its just that as we age we use our common sense more.
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I think this is true for all ages - perhaps its just that as we age we use our common sense more.
I recently changed bikes . It has been a steep learning curve getting used to the different steering geometry of the VFR. Muscle memory is hard to overcome.
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Sounds like complacency and overconfidence (ego). He needs to go back to basics. Take some rider safety courses. Do a couple of track days. Etc.

Even pilots who have flown for 20 years need refresher courses sometimes. We don't just jump back in the plane and try for 100% after getting rusty.
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When you start feeling uncomfortable and start questioning your abilities, then it's time.

Age has nothing to do with it... Ability to safely operate ANYTHING has everything to do with it.

I know 80+ year old's shredding corners and functioning like they are in their 40's. I also know physically challenged people who can still safely operate within their abilities.

It's a self diagnosed deal. If you noticed someone struggling, it could be a plethora of things happening, but it shouldn't cause you to be the one who determines their future.
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Sounds like complacency and overconfidence (ego). He needs to go back to basics. Take some rider safety courses. Do a couple of track days. Etc.

Even pilots who have flown for 20 years need refresher courses sometimes. We don't just jump back in the plane and try for 100% after getting rusty.
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