Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Colorado Springs
I got back into riding at 50 after a 21 year break. I then rode for 8 years and hung it up. I had three bikes in that time, two of the three concurrently for about a year.
During the last three seasons of my riding, I began having the feeling it wasn't that fun anymore. Of course, I didn't like that thought, so I shrugged it off. Too much time, money and emotion invested, you know? But the feeling persisted and even grew worse the next season. I rode a little less often and that helped a bit. By the third season, I admitted to myself I wasn't enjoying it anymore so I tested my thoughts out on the road. I was done. Riding had become a second job and then I realized...wait for it....It had become boring! For me. Not necessarily in terms of mileage, but in spare time, it's all I did on weekends. Don't get me wrong, not every ride was a chore, but I didn't enjoy most of them.
I've always thought about the dangers of riding as we should, but not in the sense it ever made we want to quit. I rode because I wanted to, until I didn't. And I always think it's possible if circumstances are right, I could one day get a bike again. So my choice came down to one thing. I was no longer enjoying it.
Not sure there's a formula for this decision; you really do have to form your own conclusion. Don't allow others or subtle pressures to keep you riding if, deep down, you want to give it up. Go by how you feel.
06 V-Strom DL650