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getting older and motorcycling

Post #1 by rcmatt007 » Wed Feb 13, 2013 6:54 pm

Last Saturday at the DuBois HOG meeting we had a safety presentation on how aging effects our abilities. They even had a video which I think was put out by the MSF.

Eyes: they don't acomadate to light changes as well, so it takes longer to adapt after bright headlights come at us

Reflexes: they slow down

Distractions: well more distracting

Strength and flexibility: I recall when I could bend over and lay my palms flat, now I can barely touch my finger tips to the ground.

None of it was really a surprize, but it was a good reminder

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Re: getting older and motorcycling

Post #2 by CYBORG » Wed Feb 13, 2013 7:26 pm

i think it is mostly knowing your limitations, and not pushing the envelope. i used to say that if you were not living on the edge, you were taking up to much space. but as of late i'd rather take the time to smell the roses......and live to ride another day
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Re: getting older and motorcycling

Post #3 by Placerville » Wed Feb 13, 2013 8:03 pm

This hits home with me. Way back when, I was both physically and mentally a much better rider. When I was riding a motor as a LEO, I could handle radio communications, make observations, be aware of my surroundings and safety AND ride a motorcycle. I thought I was bullet proof and was very aggressive. Now, I know I'm not bullet proof, I'm not aggressive and it takes all of my physical and mental skills to ride safely. Time marches on.

Yesterday, while in my shop, I was listening to some Beatles CD's. The song, 'When I'm 64' came on and it hit me that at the end of this year, that's just what I'll be. :roll:
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Post #4 by rogue1000 » Wed Feb 13, 2013 8:29 pm

Yep...
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Post #5 by Recycled Roadkill » Wed Feb 13, 2013 8:37 pm

Memory:Uh, what was it that we were discussing here?
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Re: getting older and motorcycling

Post #6 by polkadot » Wed Feb 13, 2013 8:37 pm

A great time of our lives however. We still have the ability and desire and more time to do what we want!
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Re: getting older and motorcycling

Post #7 by rcmatt007 » Wed Feb 13, 2013 8:59 pm

what really caught my attention is how much I hate driving at night.... the glare from the headlights is a killer
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Post #8 by Red2trike » Thu Feb 14, 2013 10:33 am

I use a pair of "lite tint yellow lense" glasses (shooters's glasses) or so clled "night drivers" galsses. I try to find the litest tint possible for these glasses. It helps greatly with the oncoming glare of those blue/white, etc. lights on busy nightime highway/roads in city or rural areas. I also use eye "lube" and eye excerise's to make my eye oil glands work better as I get older.

An eye examine would help greatly as well as it might show that you may have the start of cataracts....like I had a few years ago. This limited my sight both during the day and at night. Had the operations (both eyes) and color, depth of field and just plain good eyesight returned. I use those yellow glasses on cloudy days to heighten the sharpness of everything and always use for night driving on bike or auto.

As for my reactions and attention span........................................yes, I got both. :lol:

Been using "games" (ping pong, pool, darts, throwing Cheerio's onto knitting needles at 10 paces) to keep my eyes, reflex's up to snuff. What do some of you others do??????

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Re: getting older and motorcycling

Post #9 by rcmatt007 » Thu Feb 14, 2013 10:37 am

fortunately, according to the opthmalogist not cataracts yet.
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The question is not how much time do you have, it is what you do with the time that you have Gandalf
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Re: getting older and motorcycling

Post #10 by MSGT-R » Thu Feb 14, 2013 10:59 am

Mostly, do things to keep your mind alert; puzzles, or hand/eye coodination games, sports. Lots of older folks get to the point that they don't recognize danger or things happen too fast for them to react to. Keeping fit both physically and mentally doesn't take care of itself, one must apply him/herself. Go for that walk, get that sleep, eat right and do those mind games.

We all age differently, it takes honesty (and a bit of bravery) to yourself to admit when it comes time to hand over the keys.
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Post #11 by Whiskerfish » Thu Feb 14, 2013 11:29 am

Aging is a War. I look at my parents and they do most everything right to try and take care of themselves, including the exercise and diet. They are still on bikes (well a trike now) and Dad just turned 80. But it is a daily battle. They go to the gym at least 3 times a week and attend the "Silver Sneakers" exercise session. That concentrates on balance and joint mobility then they work with weights to try and keep the bones loaded in an attempt to stave off bone loss/weakening. On the days they do not go to the gym they walk. Mom has always been a walker but Dad never enjoyed it, he is learning to now.

What they have shown me is that when you retire you have to take a lot of that time and energy and turn it inward toward taking care of yourself. I know Randakk has quite a bit of info on his site regard one of his life goals and that is to still be riding into his 90's. That is a very challenging goal that is achievable but it is not something one can turn on and off. It requires a dedication to taking care of yourself and being proactive. You must stave off things before they develop. I greatly admire people that have a focused goal and have the determination to stick to a long term plan to see something through.

Obviously genetics play a role but the keys to long life are diet and physical and mental activity. Somebody has a commercial "Bodies at rest stay at rest and bodies in motion stay in motion" or close but anyway it is gospel in my opinion. Obese couch potatoes die Period. Physical activity and mental exercise allow us to enjoy many more years of quality life and that in the end is what it is all about.

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Re: getting older and motorcycling

Post #12 by robin1731 » Thu Feb 14, 2013 3:02 pm

Red2trike wrote:snip...........
Been using "games" (ping pong, pool, darts, throwing Cheerio's onto knitting needles at 10 paces) to keep my eyes, reflex's up to snuff. What do some of you others do??????


I ride motorcycles that accelerate from to over 150MPH in less than 9 seconds. They also go from 0 to 130MPH or so in about 5 1/2 seconds. dancr

One of these days I'm going to unleash it and see what it will really do. :twisted:
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Re: getting older and motorcycling

Post #13 by Red2trike » Thu Feb 14, 2013 5:52 pm

I stopped doing the 0-130'smph in 5 or so seconds........I could no longer buy shirts with lonnnnng enough sleeves! :IDTS:

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Re: getting older and motorcycling

Post #14 by skydog » Thu Feb 14, 2013 9:00 pm

rcmatt007 wrote:what really caught my attention is how much I hate driving at night.... the glare from the headlights is a killer

Funny how I used to fly thru the hills at nite,never thinking about deer.Till I hit one!Now I find it extremily hard to ride at nite.See them buggers everywhere(or so it seems).
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Re: getting older and motorcycling

Post #15 by avg_joe » Fri Feb 15, 2013 9:43 am

I like to use the yellow tint glasses for night riding, too. Between the people with HID lights, and the people who don't dim their brights, the yellow tint REALLY cuts the glare. Having the glasses on really helps protect the eyes, even in a full helmet. I have had bugs hit me in the chest, and get funneled up into the helmet, where it buffets around until it finds something wet to stick to. I was only a couple of miles from work when it happened, and by the time I got there, my eye was pouring tears, bloodshot, swollen, and rather uncomfortable.

As far as hitting a deer....I have hit one in a car before. Never on a bike. The thought of hitting anything bigger than a rabbit with a bike scares the crap outta me.
I drive a 1/2 ton pickup with a rack over the bed, now. It has a couple sets of yolks for hauling kayaks bolted to it, sticking up in the wind. I think that it creates enough noise to scare away deer before I can even see them. I haven't seen a deer in years, in my pickup. Been in my wife's pickup, and see them by the herd!

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