I am obsessed with dirt bikes
Posted July 09, 2004 - 11:09 AM
You would think at my age I would start losing interest, but I feel the same as I did when I was in my twentys. I dread the day I won't be able to ride any more, but I figure I've got at least another ten years maybe more.
As most of you know we are a rareity, all The guys at work talk about who won the last golf tournament while I try to tell them that Ricky is kicking butt now on a four stroke. They talk about the NBA draft while I try to tell them that now Ricky is going to Suzuki. I tell them that I met Ty Davis at the last Hare & Hound and they stare at me blankly and ask what the hell is a Hare & Hound ?
I tell ya this is a sickness with no cure, Some of my old riding buddys have lost interest, one just said he doesn't want to ride anymore because he's afraid of being hurt, now that just doesn't compute with me, I thought that was one of the reasons we ride is for the adreniline rush, if it was totally safe and wasn't scary what fun would that be. You younger guys beware, some of you will end up like me. I'am just glad my wife understands and doesn't say "Its either me or the bike" cause I would have to think about that for a while.
Posted July 09, 2004 - 12:10 PM
My wife also understands my passion for motorcycles and firmly supports it, hell, she was the one to convince me to buy a new 04 WR450 instead of an 02 YZ426...
While she doesn't ride bikes herself, she just loves to go for quick blasts on my ZRX1200. She actually mentioned that the ZRX seems too quiet, imagine that....guess I'll have to get a full Muzzy exhaust for it just to make her happy....heehee.
Posted July 09, 2004 - 02:09 PM
People don't understand. In this world where nothing remains to challenge testosterone, where nothing brings the satisfaction feeling that comes with the physical effort, where everything is so physically easy that it can be done by women, only few things truely satisfies: fighting sports, lugging, making love with a hot girl and riding dirt bikes.
Stay alive dude and go kick this bike!
Posted July 09, 2004 - 02:32 PM
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Posted July 09, 2004 - 08:13 PM
I'm lucky in that I work with a bunch of riders and we talk about bikes and riding constantly.
I hope that I am still enjoying riding when I'm 58 and well past. There's a fella here that is 62 I think and the guy will absolutly run your arss into the ground on a dual sport ride. He rides a old mid 80's XL 600 with about 80,000 miles on it and a big 5 gallon tank with saddle bags and still stands that thing up and rips through the gears.
I wanna be like that when I'm 62.
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Posted July 11, 2004 - 04:16 PM
Posted July 11, 2004 - 04:57 PM
A few years ago I bought a house on a golf course in the mountains . . thought that'd be the ultimate. Shortly after moving in I bought an XR250 and started riding again after not sitting on a bike for 20+ years. Well, I haven't picked up my clubs in aver a year! Bought a WR450 last year and could care less about golf. All my buddies think I'm crazy since most 40 somethings don't ride dirt bikes. As far as I'm concerned they can bury me with my bike!
Dude, that's awesome!! LOL! I have always thought golf is a really boring old man game and I can't understand why anyone watches it on tv. It's about as exciting as a video of someone mowing their lawn or peeling some potatoes. Or what about watching a video of a tree growing in slow (yes, slow) motion? How about a video of rain hitting a window? Why aren't these as popular?
Posted July 11, 2004 - 05:12 PM
Posted July 11, 2004 - 05:21 PM
Great replys guys, I feel better when I talk to others that have my same illness. I really like the reply by Dominic that he gets out of the hospital and starts working on the bike with one hand. I can't beleive how many Utah guys we have on TT, I got to meet up with you sometime. I thought I would here from regulars like Indy 450 or DDialogue, those guys have got to be obsessed like us.
I was born and raised in Utah. Does that count? I just arrived home today from the UTMA Cache Valley ride. Other than the extreme dust, the ride was A W E S O M E!! A lot of the terrain up there is similar to what we have on the other side of Idaho too.
Yes, I'm OBSESSED! Just ask my bro, N7SLC. Dirt biking is an addiction, for sure. I'm 34, started at age 8 racing with the Utah Desert Foxes motorcycle club in Utah. Took some time off when I went to college and got married but have been back in it for almost six year now. I've had 11 broken bones (in my younger years) but I know my limits and never cross the line any more. I still ride fast, just not on the edge.
I'm right there with you YR....dirt bike screen savers, magazines, posters, etc.,etc. I LOVE THIS SPORT!!
Posted July 11, 2004 - 06:00 PM
New to the Forum, been riding since age 9, now 49 years old. At my age most of the people I know sit in front of the TV drinking beer, and getting fat, nice to know there are guys older than me still riding. Riding both street bikes and dirt bikes is still an obsession for me to, always has been.
2001 Aprilia Mille R
2001 Ducati 996S
2003 Suzuki GSXR1000
2001 Yamaha WR 250
2001 kawasaki KDX220
2001 Yamaha TTR125L, daughter bike
1974 Suzuki TM400
2001 Yamaha beartracker Quad
Posted July 12, 2004 - 12:14 AM
I had my first dirt bike age 19 though I didnt use it for dirt. It (Beta 125 2.-smoke with 6 gears...6'th was a waste of metal !!) arrived 3 weeks after I had a knee operation but I still managed to get the thing started and went for quick ride with my right leg still in a cast !! I think I got the bug about then but had it drilled into me that riding was dangerous and what with lack of money and no real infrastructure in Switzerland my passion remained dormant until recently.
However...bought my pride and joy of the time... a XL600R when I was 22 and rode that thing all over for 15 years until August 2000 when I bought my WR. In that time I got married, bought a house had kids, a good job/career and spent most of my spare time mountainbiking....until....july 2000 I took my kids to see an endurance race locally. I was sitting there with a big grin on my face watching these guys pound around the circuit, absent mindedly thinking that that looked like a lot of fun. It was the proverbial light bulb over the head instant. I remember sitting up straight with one of those moments when time stops. In about .25 seconds the thought process went....looks like fun..yes.. lots of fun...damn, wish I could be doing that..hey...I could be doing that...but my XL600 is too heavy...wonder how much I could sell it for...not much...but hey I could sell my mountain bike and add it to what I get for the bike and I have some cash in the bank...but what will the wife say...but I'm 36...SO???!!!...ok thats probably about as much as I can scrape together...wonder what bike I should get...when can I get to the dealer...but I have a meeting tomorrow...wonder what kind of gear I need....and so on....
As it turned out, I had to sell my car (got a cheaper one), put that money along with all I had from other sources and about 2 weeks later was sitting on my WR with the biggest grin of my life !!!
Since then...subscriptions to dirt bike magazines, cruising endless hours of TT, endless jetting excursions, 2 aftermarket pipes and countless other goodies, WR426 in action screen saver and so on and just recently, just prior my 40'th, my first enduro which was just amazing. If anybody asks what I did over the weekend they better be ready for a long enthusiastic discussion on dirt biking....
My wife hates it but accepts it just so long as I dont get the kids too interested.
Anyhow, I'm hooked, kinda late, but I expect to be riding for just as long as I'm able to pick my WR up.... I wouldnt like to see the headline...."Grandpa stalls and falls on WR in the boonies and had to walk out cause he couldnt pick his bike up !!!
Ride on yamaharichey
Posted July 12, 2004 - 05:22 AM
Heck, maybe I'm just passionately obsessed?
Posted July 12, 2004 - 06:44 AM