It might save your life. I began looking for a place to pull over to rest. Conflicting thoughts and feelings, conflicting interests. No commuting. Before I help to get you the answer I should aware you that, riding bike at earliest age is not only matter of risk or too adventuring but aggressively matter of expertise and matter of keen sharpness of your senses. There is no doubt you need to be much more aware today than ever before…But riding every day keeps you sharp even at 55..If you are going to ride..ride evry day and ride in all weathers..get to know your bike and its capabilitys and always ride within yours. If not for a hemet ( full face), skin/scalp would have been scraped off the left side of my head , left eye would have been knocked out ( visor was split /cracked, And not riding it as often seems out of whack as well. And I have to admit that even though I'm all about exercising during pregnancy (and especially in need of it after a rather horrific 50+ pound weight gain with my last pregnancy), bike riding just strikes me as one of those off-limits activities during pregnancy, like rock climbing, hot tubbing, and parachuting. If you ride You got to decide to be responsible in every way. Hello fellow Rider’s. You can work out on a stationary bike three different ways. I walk almost every day, but I … On a motorcycle there may be no second chances if you eat it. Much respect!!! However, I’m confident that my son (who is also a daily rider and riding partner) will not let me ride past that time without some gentle (or not so gentle) prompting. I don’t take the chances I did as a kid, which gives me a leg up now I didn’t have then. For several years now the number of riders over 40 has been increasing more than any other age group. – Bill Dr. Richard Ellin Responds: Perineal (the area […] Now we get to the proper size bike and proper footwear. I have really lost the desire to ride, but still think about riding the twisties and heading out on a long trip. My wife and I would take trips on it and after not very long, I realized not powerful enough for the two of us. I’ve been riding since 1956, and recently switched from a BMW K75S to a Savage thumper and down to a Honda Helix, barely freeway legal. That was 36 years ago. You think that theres an age to stop riding motocross and at what age would you let your kids start with this sport knowing the risk or danger of lessions....? you’re too old period. Long distances are just too wearing, and I’m spoiled by the stereo. Trikes suck. More protection and definitely enough power. I am not a speed freak and am careful and do not speed, so I am not sure what the exact cause was as it happened pretty fast. I was stopped at a check point the other day. The Biker Law Blog is published by California Motorcycle Accident Attorney & Biker Lawyer Norman Gregory Fernandez, Esq. The scrapes I have are painful enough, not going thru that again. Some guys decide to stop riding because they know it is not safe to ride anymore due to health conditions, loss or degradation of eye site, or flat out because they have a bad feeling. I am 67 years old and ride a highly modified Kawasaki 1400 (172 HP) at least three times a week year round. If you’re riding a stationary bike, simply change the settings for a faster pace. Most people experience their biological peak between the ages of 20 and 35. think about God as well, even if you never rode a motorcycle in Yes, I will be 70 in Oct. and age is becoming a factor, although I’m not sure it was the main culprit here. I am 73 , going to be 74 in 6 months , have been riding all my life !! I did a search to find this subject. So my guess is that if you feel you are too old for two wheels, then go to three! The TV show American Chopper depicts Orange County Chopper making customs and doing their thing. Well as it turns out this has to be one of the most perfect riding areas for motorcycles so i could not stand being without one so about 6 yrs ago i purchased a 2002 Sujuki Intruder 800 cruised bike and i love it. And this isn’t some floozy cruise down the avenue we’re doing. I love riding on both street and dirt. But I just decided to hang up the street riding because I’m having the same feelings I had while flying paragliders. Manipulating a 700 pound machine in and out of parking, picking up a downed motorcycle, hard braking, high speed maneuvers, passenger control, it all calls for physical strength. I still ride at 69. Retirement’s not for me.”, >>> Back from the brink: riding again after a stroke. After that, you start to lose muscle, and your heart and lung function weakens. Unlike some other so called “fake” motorcycle accident attorney’s who do not ride motorcycles, Norman Gregory Fernandez, Esq. Thanks for your comments Jeff. actually rides a motorcycle. As I was rolling, I saw my bike fly over me and it landed in a ditch a few feet away. Thankfully Polaris has put out some pretty cool three wheelers and maybe Harley, will have some as well by the time I wan’t to give up the 2 wheels. I do motorcycle accident cases for a living. Now that you are seated properly, put the bike in first gear … Their advice isn’t always right, but you’ve got to make sure that you’re aware of it. Bicycles for Kids. I don’t drink, smoke or ride after dark. Sounds great Gary. To be on a bike that’s bigger than your desire or reflex’s, you are asking for rash. Measure your child’s inseam. I hate the idea of giving it up, and it’s very conflicting and sad to make this decision, but so be it. There’s no right or perfect age to learn to ride a bike. People will say they are a lot older and still riding fast, but that is where the introspection part comes in. Five miles out, five miles back for a start, then gradually increase it. What I hope to do is get a pure dirt bike like a Yamaha WR250F and have fun in the dirt on a light bike, but stay off the street and out of traffic. Whether you drive a bike, I’ve been riding since I was 17. I’d rather be lucky than safe. I know that when I hit 50 I seemed to have slowed my riding down and have become more cautious. 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. The following health issues are important to assess: Blood pressure: postural hypotension: a drop in BP when moving from sitting to standing, leading to dizziness and balance problems. whether you should ride on the sidewalk or in the street. by Richard Ellin, MD, FACP Question: My experience and I believe research shows that you should avoid cycling for several days before a PSA (prostate-specific antigen) test. I am still kicking myself in he ass for selling it, it only had 10,000 miles on it, practically brand new and they don’t make them like that any more. I have ridden to MB and here and there at various distances for a number of years and it has been a ball. Copyright 1997-2020 Norman Gregory Fernandez, Esq. The club was started due to the majority of younger riders not want to ride with older memebrs of clubs and some clubs refusing to admit older riders. Raise the saddle to about hip level. My suggestion is keep plenty of room all around during high congested freeway take your time where a bright florescent vest all times. Reminiscing on how the sport has changed in his lifetime, Shaw identifies one thing that has remained the same: “When we were kids, I remember trying to catch older boys, thinking, ‘We can pass them, we can leave them for dead.’ And then you’d try, and maybe you would, but then suddenly they’d put the hammer down and that was it, goodbye! 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. !, I believe all my years of road racing has made me a very good rider , so for now I will ride as much as I can !! I do, however, sometimes drive fast in short bursts, cruising at 60 mph. I am considering taking the road with an RV now, but in order to do so, the bike might have to stay home (don’t like Toy Haulers, too confined). Apparently I won’t know until it happens. Get acquainted with the "feel" of the ride. When I go to bike nights at the local bar ther majority of the regulars are 40 to 65 year of age. Done the Dragon, the Snake (421)…all the nasty roads in my 60’s. The x-ray was clear — I was off work for a day or so and then straight back on the bike. Then I had one accident and one reserve pull because I was doing something stupid. Welcome, my name is Norman Gregory Fernandez, Esq. I have considered downsizing to a more easier to handle bike, but money is not as easily obtained when you’re on social security (lost my job and hard to find one at my age). One particular guy is probably in his 70’s and i had not seen him in a while. 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. Someone said they talk to themselves inside their helmet I talk and sing, love riding nothing compares to it. 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. Hope to talk to you twenty years from now, from the saddle, to tell you how things are going! I didn’t feel it did as I had no fear after the accident and felt other “factors” were at play here. I have ridden in packs for many years. The Top 10 Ugliest Motorcycles of All Time. The tale of his trip to Bonneville is recounted in “The World’s Fastest Indian”. Good to hear you are still racing Harvey. Boots, left boot was a mess to say the least . My experience has been that my reflexes are no longer as fast as they were nor is my reaction time. 2 is the perfect age for a little tricycle. If you wish to contact me or submit articles, you may do so by clicking on the Contact Us button above, or by clicking here now. 1 on the northern coast of Calif…….only its on steroids ! Like I said, I’m not risking another accident like either of the two I have had, it’s not fair to my family, and if my writing skills are deteriorating, I don’t want to cause another person’s accident. >>> Five invaluable tips to help you step up from riding 60 to 100 miles. It is a personal choice……hopefully someone will know when it is time to park the bike for good. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident or any other motor vehicle accident, you may call us 7 days a week, 24 hours a day at 800-816-1529 x. We handle personal injury, and motorcycle accident cases in all over California including: Southern California, Central California, and Northern California. I’m 64 and have been riding since I was 17…I too have asked the question if I am too old to keep riding motorcycles…One factor that has changed along with my age is the volume of traffic on even small town roads…I currently ride a V-Rod which I think is too much bike for me ,so I will downgrade to a slower touring type Bike IF I decide to keep riding…. When I was in college, I did own and operate a Vespa motorscooter. Respiratory: reduce the risk of respiratory tract infections by ensuring your immune system is improved through nutrition. I can still rope climb without using my legs. The only real damage was skinned knees and legs, elbows, and I am popping codene now after about three hours in the ER. & not much experience !! At age 5 or 6, they can be zipping around without training wheels and even taking small jumps on real dirt bikes. When that goes, you need to be very careful. I have to tie a small bow to get around this one. We handle motorcycle accident cases, motorcycle passenger injury accidents, and other personal injury cases all over the State of California. It is compulsary in England, to wear protecive head wear whilst riding (inc passenger) a motor bike, Of course, if I wasn’t going thru the anxiety/depression thing I might not have sold it. The old boxer knows that when he does get hurt, it takes much longer to recover. I’m “young” at 57, but just lack the strength and “killer instinct” to handle a big, fast motorcycle anymore. I shall miss it. !, I have had many close calls while riding , but I still have very good reflexes ! He had a couple of accidents along the way, one requiring surgery. Customs cost too much and are a real hassle to maintain. . Ensure hydration balance and monitor urine colour. My remaining bike has not left the garage. For each of us, it is an individual decision that we have to make one day or not make one day. I thought nothing of it. It seemed fine for me when I test rode it. 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. It takes a real man to admit that it is time to pack it up so to say. Thanks for your comments Chuck. P.S. I’m still a kid at heart. I have been riding motorcycles since I was 15 years old and I am the most skilled rider (off the track) that I know. If you’re coming back from injury, you need to make sure that the bike you’re riding is set up properly for you. I owned everything from small cc dirt bikes, to big cc sports bikes and my last one was a HD fat boy. We’ve all heard that guy talking about how he “used to ride in his 20’s.” But he never tells us that it was just a mini-bike or dirt-bike before he roars off on his $30,000 chopper. My ego will suffer I know but its less painful than a busted ass. Ride safe, and trade for a Spyder Trike when you start having knee and ankle and reflex problems. Oh. I hope the same for all of you too. I went to see what time trialling was all about one evening. I owe it to my family. Drjohn1.com (videos) But what I have seen is a bunch of fat old guys with no mobility trying to ride motorcycles. I am 62 years old and ride an FJ1200 (have for years). Moreover the physical and mental sharpness with steadiness, which often not developed at one’s too young age. I intend to keep riding as long as I can still walk and see! 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. The diff between an aging motorcyclist crashing and an aging cage driver crashing is the motorcyclist usually only hurts himself.. 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. Does Being Overweight Affect Your Rights in a Motorcycle Accident Case? But all of us are different, not only in regard to ability and overall health, but also regarding motivation. ... but that won’t require you to stop for frequent breaks. He discovered racing aged 14. Flat track in Waco ,TX 4/ 6/14 built bike has 250. The more I ride, the better I do. Very little training. 1, or submit your case online here. Just wondering if I’m too old to start. We ride mostly flat track bikes on the TT track at our local off-road park. 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. My dad had brought me a second handed Hero cycle. 20-154: Bicyclist signaling with hand G.S. Even he questioned whether he was getting too old! Gotta find that life balance and everyone has to make their own choice. Now, unlike in my youth, I like to go to an empty parking lot and just do some figure 8’s or slalom riding to get back into the feel of the bike. 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. “I’ve been working at Mike Vaughan Cycles for 16 years. I’m hoping that neither of them comes to soon. While this is not an element in driving my cage it is when riding my scoot. It’s definitely easier without the pressure to compete, and just enjoy the scenery on the back streets and twisties in Marin and the East Bay Hills. Before that, I’d retired but it only lasted three weeks. “In road racing I was always a domestique. It’s just So Amazing to Ride – Freedom – Just like Flying. I road it for 20 years and sold it to a guy in Endland, I live in California. I did not have proper shoes on but did not break any ankles or feet. Never would have happened in a car or truck. I can’t say what caused me to loose control and hit the curb, all I know was , it was night, dark and I could not navigate a turn as it appeared I was going too fast and lost it. Getting back to the subject, should I stop riding motorcycles at a certain age, should anybody? I am 50 love riding I ride 600 miles weekly. Source: Me. I cannot ride as long however, whats worse I become fatigued quicker (the old stamina). Your email address will not be published. . Once you’re in the habit of getting to work by bike, you’ll be better prepared for what … I just rode my V-Strom from Prince Edward Island, Canada to El Salador , five weeks in Mexico – solo, then return to my home on Prince Edward Island. i’m 68. Some guys never get the chance to make the decision because their accidents were fatal. The bikes are sturdy enough to haul more than one child at a time. The cost/benefit ratio is just not palatable to me in case I am in an accident, i.e. I found myself lane-splitting at 85+ on the BMW and had a moment of insight. On the bike I’m never distracted by talking on the phone, adjusting the radio or heater, or getting too cozy and comfortable. There are a couple of indisputable truths; on average our bodily functions and senses start decreasing after 40 years of age, and the fatality statistics for motorcycle riders over 40 years of age who are involved in a motorcycle accident have risen alarmingly over the past few years. Well, a few years ago I really started missing the bike and bought a 2009 Yamaha FZ-6. I am 73 , going to be 74 in 6 months , have been riding all my life !! I want some advise. 20-171.1: Definitions: G.S. Just a small point, think you will find the guy on the Indian at Bonneville Salt flats was a New Zealander by the name of Burt Munro, not Australian. 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