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Royal Enfield General Discussion => Campfire Talk => Topic started by: hpwaco on October 10, 2018, 09:40:27 pm

Title: Seeing America on 2 wheels
Post by: hpwaco on October 10, 2018, 09:40:27 pm
Nice op ed  with that headline in the local paper the other day written by Mitch Daniels  ( former governor of Indiana ) of Washington Post.   He says lots of good things about motorcycling.  Also mentioned contemplating ending his riding career after 50+ years.  Something I've also been considering after 60+ years
Title: Re: Seeing America on 2 wheels
Post by: Bilgemaster on October 11, 2018, 01:49:27 am
Nice op ed  with that headline in the local paper the other day written by Mitch Daniels  ( former governor of Indiana ) of Washington Post.   He says lots of good things about motorcycling.  Also mentioned contemplating ending his riding career after 50+ years.  Something I've also been considering after 60+ years

Here's a direct link to the article (https://www.wacotrib.com/opinion/columns/guest_columns/mitch-daniels-washington-post-seeing-america-on-equal-terms-on/article_5c25f9e8-8cb8-5134-a8c9-814f1cc315df.html) thanks to the Waco Tribune.

As for hanging up your own spurs for good, one of these slick honduros might put that off a decade or three:

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/9b/Bombardier_Can_Am_Spyder_Trike_-_Flickr_-_mick_-_Lumix%283%29.jpg)

Or, you can just retrofit Olde Reliable...

(https://www.team-bhp.com/forum/attachments/superbikes-imports/596099d1313759667-trikes-three-wheeled-bikes-286621_2182911339808_1457725010_32432902_7391140_o.jpg)
Title: Re: Seeing America on 2 wheels
Post by: tooseevee on October 11, 2018, 12:12:48 pm
Also mentioned contemplating ending his riding career after 50+ years.  Something I've also been considering after 60+ years

       I've considered that also, for a few minutes at a time, at 80.

        It's funny, in 1998 I actually sold a bike I built myself and had been riding since 1983 because of pain and discomfort. As soon as it went away in the U-Haul truck I rode it up into to Council Bluffs Iowa I knew it was a mistake and immediately started putting together parts, found a frame and cases that matched, 3 basket case engines and built another one that I rode until 2016 when I gave it to my oldest best friend who sort of helped me build it (not much :)(http://) ). Letting go of a bike you built yourself is like selling a dog you've had since it was a puppy. And I'm still riding the Enfield through the pain like I've always done.

        It is NOT easy to kick this motorcycle thing. The high I get the first 10 minutes of a ride is worth the pain I have during and after (worse than during).
Title: Re: Seeing America on 2 wheels
Post by: Stanley on October 12, 2018, 12:31:50 pm
I've got some age-related ailments so I sold my top-heavy BMW K75s and got a lighter more easily handled Suzuki SV650.
I often wonder why ambulatory older folks trade in their big heavy bikes for even bigger heavier trikes.
If I have to lift, push, park the damn thing I don't want it over 600 pounds.