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Short rides and getting old

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Many years ago when I was an MSF Instructor, I worked with a fellow Instructor who asked me "Are you a long rider or a short rider?" I asked him what he really meant and he said that he prefers taking short rides, usually no more than 30 minutes over taking multi hour or multi day rides. He said that a few minutes on a bike was enough for him, and more than that was just work. That's why, he said, he enjoyed teaching the Basic Rider's Course because it only involved a bit of riding on the little training bikes we used in those days. I still recall how I thought him a real oddball, as nothing excited me more than the thought of taking a multi day ride across the country. But that conversation was about 30 years ago.

Now as I approach 80 in a few weeks, and I still love riding, I find that I have become that same "short rider" that I thought was so odd in the past. I'm not limiting myself to short rides, but I do find that longer rides become more of a chore and less fun as the hours go on. The other day I took a great two hour ride to a favorite restaurant about 100 miles from home where my wife and I have gone many times. I fully enjoyed the ride, and had a great lunch. But the two hour ride home was not as much fun. I found I just wanted that ride to be over with. I was tired and the tiredness was stronger than the fun factor at that point. Maybe its just age getting to me, or maybe its the thought of riding that has become as important, or even more important than the riding itself. So now a "short ride" of an hour or so is what has become ideal for me.

All of this makes me wonder if in a few more years I should buy a Harley cruiser and be satisfied with a two mile ride to a local tavern, have a beer or two, and then do the two mile ride home. I know folks who consider that a good day of riding, and maybe someday I will be one of those folks.
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I'm 58 and sitting right around 400,000 miles. Once I retire it's balls out to get to the million mark.
I don't do silly metal butt rides. Don't care about patches.
If I do 1,000 in a day that's cool. If I do 200 that's awesome too if I got to see some cool stuff.

I hate trailers. No way is my FJR1300ES ever going in one.
If I'm going to bring a dirt bike and my R1 to Arkansas or Montana, that's another story.
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Yes Sir, live in Booth and mostly ride around the Brazos Bend State Park oilfields or powerplant roads. I take monthly eye injections for vision problems so I ride away from traffic and try to avoid livestock and wildlife.
Great , I live in Mission . On the Rio Grande river ... I ride the old military highway from Brownsville to Rio Grande city ...Also frequent 281 North to Corpus Christi , San Antonio to watch my grandson race dirt track modifides .. and do some Flattrack racing myself when the show comes to town ....
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Last shop I was parts guy at was on I10 east across from Houston Raceway Park. Worked there 10 yrs, a Honda dealer on one side and victory on the other. All three ran fast bikes. Nice riding in area also . I don't care to live at/below sea level no more, but makes for some great ET though.
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The Bobber looks neat .

Funny thing Burma Shave signs were mentioned, one of my favorites was rattling 'round my (empty) head yesterday :

A Mr.

A Miss

A Car

A Curve

He kissed the miss

And missed the curve .
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Thanks -Nate, built it during lockdown and was sure glad to have something to do while unable to be with grandkids. Worst was living with a grandma kept away from grandkids I think. 馃ぃ
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Thanks -Nate, built it during lockdown and was sure glad to have something to do while unable to be with grandkids. Worst was living with a grandma kept away from grandkids I think. 馃ぃ
Should have moved her in with the kids .....
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We were lucky I think ~ my Sweet's grand daughter and great grand son moved into her house....
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Love the story Carbide but only put the miles on to work. Have about 55,000 but that can be alot in Midwest due to winter. Wish you luck to 1,000,000.
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As some of you know, I just bought a 96 Honda Goldwing. I will be taking it for some longer trips this year and being a very comfortable ride, I think I can ride as long as my bladder holds out. At 69, it ain't what it used to be :) but I can't see a 3 hour ride being a problem since I can do that in my car with no problem.

I take Diuretics/ water pills and sometimes I have to stop every 20 miles or so for the first couple of hours!

Here is my first P STOP, taken just a few days ago:

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I take Diuretics/ water pills and sometimes I have to stop every 20 miles or so for the first couple of hours!

Here is my first P STOP, taken just a few days ago:
So, you stopped at the Some Times Others Pause sign. :)
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I'm lucky (?) in that I usually get at least 30 minutes before needing to 'go' again .

Old age is a serious bother , I just learned of some water jet procedure to clean out an enlarged prostate.....

Long word I forget for the name .
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