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So yesterday was Day 1. I’ve had this trip in mind for a couple of years, and am finally out on the road. On the surface it’s a chance to clock up some k’s, do a little camping and gold panning, and make a relaxed exploration of places I have till now just driven past.
Underneath is more complex, turned 50 late last year, have noticed people my age are dropping like flies, a sense that the clock is ticking. I’ve had my license since I was 15 but this is effectively my first bike. Fear and self-consciousness have held me back.
Anyway, survived my first day still ‘shiny side up’.
 

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Hey MichaelJ, and others on here of similar years, you guys are an inspiration!
For sure, I could drop dead at 97 digging spuds; my point is I feel all bets are off from 50 onwards so I better get on with whatever I want out of life.
Will post tonight if I have cellphone reception.
 

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You are fine at your age! I am 71 and am OK except that I cannot do the 12+ hour day trips like I used to in my youth.


And also, I ran into an 83 year old veteran rider last week who still has two bikes in his garage. He told me that he started out on a Whizzer in 1950 when he was 15. No driver's license required! He was driving a beautiful 2006 Yamaha Star that he said weighed in at 600 pounds! He says he does not ride as much as he used to because all the distracted drivers in a hurry with their smart phones intimidates him. He had experienced a close call last year but he got back on and still manages to do 25 or 30 miles a week of putting around on the back roads here in central Ohio.



Keep on Riding!:laugh:
 

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I'll be 73 in about 4 days, pardon me if I seem a bit less than sympathetic. >:)

You're not dead until you're dead.
Congratulations on reaching Version 7.3. Someone also said, "You don't stop doing things because you grow old, you grow old because you stop doing things."

Last March I (73 last February) and my bride (66 last February) saddled up on our respective bikes and enjoyed a 2300 mile adventure from San Antonio to Tucson, Tombstone, and Bisbee, Arizona, and return just to see what there was to see. And as it happens, there was a lot of great stuff to see - Pima Air and Space Museum, Old Tucson, Sonora Desert Museum, and Biosphere II.

Tombstone is a bit funky but the reenactment of the "Gunfight in the Empty Lot Behind the OK Corral" is entertaining although the viewing stands are usually crowded. The amusing part is, between shows, the actors stroll around town and perform impromptu showdowns.

And if you ever find yourself in the quaint and fascinating Old West copper mining town of Bisbee, consider staying at the Shady Dell Vintage Trailer Court rather than one of the "where in blazes can I park" hotels in the town center. The trailer court is like stepping back into the 1950s, and motorcycles can park right in front of the vintage trailers, Tiki bus or 35 foot cabin cruiser that serve as motel accommodations! We thoroughly enjoyed staying there.

Sorry, too many words once again. Seems I just can't write a short post. Oh well. :wink2:
 

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My husband has bikes - 14 at last count - but currently none are rideable. Most were inherited from his dad. Included in the collection are his ‘n’ hers 1950s era Triumphs, 650 and 500cc. Intention is to have these running and go out for vintage car club bike rallies. This is what pushed me back onto a bike, and why the baby GS entered my life. I figure I need to be a competent rider before I climb aboard one of these machines.
Yesterday was thru the Lewis Pass to Reefton, today out to the coast and north to Karamea. Having lunch here, then carry on north to the end of the road, camping at the edge of Kahurangi National Park. A cold start to the day, and wary of grit on the road, but otherwise running well and enjoying myself.
 

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Wonderful old Triumphs. I have built and "butchered" ( chopped and bobbed ) over 25 Triumphs and BSA's as well as a couple Nortons in the late 70's through mid 80's. Those are great bikes ( except for the electrical systems which are horrible ). I hope you have a lot of fun on the GS and then on to the classics. Keep them upright and and enjoy. Also I am 63 and put an average of around 2k miles per month on the G310GS.
 

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And also, I ran into an 83 year old veteran rider last week who still has two bikes in his garage. He told me that he started out on a Whizzer in 1950 when he was 15.
Whizzer at about 15 here too in 1961. Bought a '33 Harley VL for $20 shortly after. Whee! And so it started.

Still ride 12+ hour days and the occasional 30 hour rally, although I find myself volunteering to score them more than ride them these days. Rode out to visit my kids in Denver in June and then to visit a sister in Wyoming (since I was in the neighborhood) before heading back to Virginia. My main bike (a Tiger Explorer 1200) is getting its 40K service before I head up to Maine for a 55th HS reunion brunch. Ayuh.

Someone also said, "You don't stop doing things because you grow old, you grow old because you stop doing things."
That sums it up nicely. My two main bikes below. I also have an '86 Yamaha SRX-6 that I bought new, but don't have a decent pic of it. Need to rectify that.



 

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My GS now has a name, ‘Henry’. He has a solid family with lots of big brothers, is tall and lanky, and more importantly is easygoing and good natured. Can’t ask for more in a bike.
Campsite tonight is more civilised, hot showers and a pub a few minutes walk away. Punakaiki Beach Camp, recommend it.
 

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My main bike (a Tiger Explorer 1200) is getting its 40K service before I head up to Maine for a 55th HS reunion brunch. Ayuh.
Where in Maine Michael? We're in Rockwood, a small village on Moosehead Lake - summer residence. Arrive yearly in early May and eventually head back south in late October. Wicked nice region to spend the summer in! Enjoy your HS reunion.
 
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