Where have all the real riders gone?

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Re: Where have all the real riders gone?

Post #76 by hoganJr » Fri Dec 12, 2014 3:53 pm

In years past I would ride the '77 the "long way" to and from work whenever the temp was above freezing. I'd stop every couple of miles and hold my gloves against the valve covers to warm my hands up. I rode the '91 for 70 or 80 miles the last two Sunday afternoons. Both times it was sunny and 40 degrees when I left and mid-30s by the time I got home. I've asked Santa for a set of heated gloves this year but just in case I'm searching craigslist and other places for some lined leather drawstring gauntlets.
I enjoy pulling up to an intersection and deciding at that moment which way to turn, but it takes me awhile to arrive at that mindset. Seems like I always want to have a destination in mind before I take off.

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Re: Where have all the real riders gone?

Post #77 by mikenixon » Wed Dec 14, 2016 7:46 am

Well, been a while since I contributed to this thread. But I'll add this example of the kind of rider I used to be and wish I could be again. Not that I condone sustained post-legal speeding. Nor is it merely distance, as in this example, that I am talking about. It's thinking nothing of the kind of ride, the commitment it takes, the hardness of resolve or character or whatever it is. I guess I mean the notion that riding isn't just for weekends....

I had a customer ship his bike to my shop several months ago. Did quite a lot of work to it. Took about eight weeks. When it was done he flew in to get the machine and rode it back home. To San Antonio, TX. Almost 1100 miles. He had a family and a job to get back to, so he wasted no time. He kept in touch along with the way with regular texts and made it home In just 28 hours. What a guy! May his tribe increase! :-)
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Re: Where have all the real riders gone?

Post #78 by Whiskerfish » Wed Dec 14, 2016 4:49 pm

A long time ago in a galaxy far far away...... I rode like that. Used to make the run from Millington Tn to Lancaster NY and back in a 3 day weekend. The last time was double up on a 750F in freezing rain. That broke me of those trips :IDTS: :IDTS: :IDTS:
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Re: Where have all the real riders gone?

Post #79 by Sidecar Bob » Wed Dec 14, 2016 5:38 pm

Am I still a "real rider"? I still don't drive a car but I have gone less than 2500 Km since I retired at the end of May :-?

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Re: Where have all the real riders gone?

Post #80 by mikenixon » Thu Dec 15, 2016 4:55 pm

Whiskerfish wrote:A long time ago in a galaxy far far away...... I rode like that. Used to make the run from Millington Tn to Lancaster NY and back in a 3 day weekend. The last time was double up on a 750F in freezing rain. That broke me of those trips :IDTS: :IDTS: :IDTS:


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Post #81 by mikenixon » Thu Dec 15, 2016 5:00 pm

Sidecar Bob wrote:Am I still a "real rider"? I still don't drive a car but I have gone less than 2500 Km since I retired at the end of May :-?


Sidecar Bob, of course. The gist of the thing is how much more we rode when we were younger, and of course, how the new rider demographic has changed. Not my intention to stick labels...
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Re: Where have all the real riders gone?

Post #82 by Sidecar Bob » Thu Dec 15, 2016 5:37 pm

Yeah. Its just I'm used to winning mileage contests & stuff like that because I drove a bike to work every day (the 'Wing in the summer and the 650 in the winter) and now I take 2-3 weeks to use up a tank of gas....

These days most of my outings are to pick up the mail (3Km round trip) :( , but I did go out in a few inches of snow for that today :-D

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Re: Where have all the real riders gone?

Post #83 by desertrefugee » Thu Dec 15, 2016 10:39 pm

As a "younger" man, I lived in Florida. Not married, micro cottage on a lake. For about a three year stretch, I didn't own a car. I will say that those times did make me appreciate a roof, windows, heater and windshield wipers. It rains in Florida. A lot.

I like now being able to ride for sheer "fun" rather than necessity.

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Re: Where have all the real riders gone?

Post #84 by gltriker » Fri Dec 16, 2016 3:13 am

I, and most people that know me, would never have even imagined that a solo 464 miles ride on Threedom trike, in one day, would be added my 67 years old dude, "now I've done it" list on October 6th of this year.
And, It just started out as an impromptu leaf color peeping ride.
Trike engine was running fantastic, exhaust note was music to my ears, and the miles just disappeared.

Riding is very therapeutic for me, in more ways than one!! I should have started riding sooner. ;)

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Re: Where have all the real riders gone?

Post #85 by mikenixon » Fri Dec 16, 2016 9:36 am

gltriker wrote:I, and most people that know me, would never have even imagined that a solo 464 miles ride on Threedom trike, in one day, would be added my 67 years old dude, "now I've done it" list on October 6th of this year.
And, It just started out as an impromptu leaf color peeping ride.
Trike engine was running fantastic, exhaust note was music to my ears, and the miles just disappeared.

Riding is very therapeutic for me, in more ways than one!! I should have started riding sooner. ;)


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