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post #1 of 95 Old 02-13-2017, 01:23 AM Thread Starter
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Old Farts club 70 yr old + riders

I'll be 70 in a few months and this seems more significant somehow to my riding.

Currently riding just about daily including a few 2-3 week long trips a year.

Have 2010 Wee well equipped for distance in Canada and that's my go to bike.

Setting off for three weeks to the East Coast in Canada...

Have a sweet CBF1000 that was bought entirely to scratch an itch for a light 1000cc Honda inline 4.
Will never get to ride it enough but what there was sure was fun....it's on the sale block tho I might get one more year from it.

Such a sweet roll on ....can keep with the kid on his FX8.

and then the sturdy 2004 KLR I''m currently riding in OZ has consistently kept me out of trouble tho not on occasion without an assist from my much more experienced riding friends. ( lesson One - good tires ).

I've been riding since I was 17 and was happy to do a cross country ride with the kid on my 50th riding anniversary.
Old bones held up okay for 3 weeks which was the longest ride I've taken.

The two of us had a fine time not likely to be repeated in depth - but we got both coasts in back to to back years and the two different 2010 Stroms never let me down at all.

So ....I'd like to hear thoughts and adventures from those near or past 70. Plans, worries, looking for inspiration.

As a hardcore offroad buddy with a series of come offs says....he drops 10 years just getting on the bike but he's certainly feeling the aches these days.

Pics appreciated of your outstanding rides, what you own aside from Strom....I know GreyWolf and few others have quit.....for me....not yet.

What do you change to offset aging strength and recovery ....ie armor etc.
I know I certainly grab handrails going downstairs the last while......not sure what the motorcycle equivalent is.

Ontario Canada rider staying in Cairns Australian Feb to May & Aug-Oct each year
Australia> 04 KLR650 • 93 ST1100 sold • Canada >• 10 Wee ABS • 2009 CBF1000 • 09 Burgman Exec sold • 10 NT700v sold
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Young fella, you are a credit to the forum. I think we have stumbled onto a fine way to extend vitality, flexibility, endurance, and several other useful facilities into a pleasant future. I'll be half as old as Canada (to the day) on April 25 of this year, so I am a few hundred days older than you are.

My Wee-Strom is close to stock, and I think my newly upholstered seat is a tad softer than stock; still, I strap a cushion onto it when going more than 100 kilometers. That helps immensely. Sometimes age comes to our rescue: years ago, my right wrist would ache from holding the throttle open, but nowadays I need a washroom break before that fatigue sets in.

Each year, as spring arrives early here in Florida, and slowly oozes up toward Canada, I wonder if I will have the stamina to join the Ontario Stromtroopers for their "jailbreak" (my name for it, not theirs) Spring Ride in very late April or early May. In my opinion (Juan, are you reading this?) May 7 would be a fine day for that ride, and I will try hard to drum up the stamina and fortitude to join the cavalcade, with fresh oranges.

(I misread your message and thought you were setting off for the Maritimes IN three weeks,
but no, you said FOR three weeks. Indeed, March is not the time to ride to Fredericton.)

The only invention I have made, relevant to riding motorcycles as a septuagenarian, is amazingly simple.

I took the lenses from some one-dollar reading glasses, and drilled a couple of holes in each lens and four matching holes in my visor, and I wired the lenses to the visor. Voilà, those blurry circles on the dashboard turned back into meters, and I can read the time and other worthwhile data. I do not need glasses to ride or drive, but presbyopia (basically "old eyes") has been an increasing nuisance and eventually made this trick worthwhile. Before drilling, tape the lenses on, and see where you want them. Position is not critical, but "your mileage may vary".

Best wishes,

P.S. other rides: CBR-125, CBR-250, CB-77

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Me? I'm a young 69.
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We have club here that started in Australia and is now spreading around the world. It's called the Ulysses club for riders over 40 years old. That's a junior member senior members are over 50. Our motto is"Grow Old Disgracefully."I do a ride nearly every Tuesday with three other blokes and I'm the youngest at 70. The others are 76,81, and 82. We are all young at heart and nobody can tell your age when you ware a fullface helmet.

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Me? I'm a young 69
ahem you ARE in your 70th year

Ontario Canada rider staying in Cairns Australian Feb to May & Aug-Oct each year
Australia> 04 KLR650 • 93 ST1100 sold • Canada >• 10 Wee ABS • 2009 CBF1000 • 09 Burgman Exec sold • 10 NT700v sold
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I met and spoke to 80yo rider at gas station once. All I could say when I grow up I wanna be you. 18 more years to go, and I intend to spend them riding. Alot.
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Guess I have to wait a few yrs to join being only 66 but I am confident many of you will still be around when I get there. When I do the term 'resurrecting an old thread' could take on a whole new meaning.

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When I was 65, I rode to Idaho and Maine in the same year. It was the last year I did overnight rides. 70 was the last year I rode at all. Part of the reason was physical but most of it was the enjoyment was pretty much gone. My hat's off to those who find joy in riding past 70.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014+ DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012+ DL650s
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Near Ft. Bragg, California on my longest trip ever, 10,000 miles. I'll be 70 this July
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post #10 of 95 Old 02-13-2017, 08:38 AM
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I just returned from Ushuaia after a 55 day trip in South America. There I met a 77 year old getting on a F700 BMW heading on the same route north to Mendoza. And that is a challenging route with rough gravel roads, high winds and unpredictable weather.
Had a lot of respect for that guy and hope I feel that way when I am that age.
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