Who has quit riding then gotten back into it?

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  • Thumpster

Posted August 09, 2002 - 06:36 PM


I started riding around '76 and stopped about '95 due to lack of riding areas. I have since moved to an area conducive to dirt biking. I would aviod bike shops because it would torture me to be around the new machines! While surfing the web I stumbled across Thumpertalk and bought a used YZ 400 soon thereafter. :) TT and the 4 stroke bikes are addictive and it's great to see the enthusiasm of everyone on this site. I like to see other guys my age (38) and older still going strong.

Thanks everyone for making this a great site to check out on a daily basis! :D

  • Optik

Posted August 09, 2002 - 07:49 PM


I took a 2 year break. I had an 80 for a few years then my only riding buddy moved away and riding became boring so I sold my bike. Got to highschool met new people who rode, bought another bike and got back into it.

  • starttman

Posted August 09, 2002 - 08:04 PM


GOT A 4 YR OLD ON A PW50 GOT A 8 YR OLD ON A TTR 90.....GOT TIRED OF CHASIN' THE LITTLE ****ERS AROUND.the fat old man needed a 4 stroke....plus an aftermarket kickstand.have been riding consistantly for almost 30 yrs.only back into serious dirt these past 2 yrs.

2001 ttr 90
2000 pw 50
2000 yz426 fmf pipe aftermarket hot start otherwise stock

  • RCannon

Posted August 10, 2002 - 02:46 AM


This is an awful story, and I am sorry for this, but here goes.

My Father had fallen (in the hospital) and hurt his head. He was going to die, it was a matter of when. I am sitting outside of the hospital, smoking a cig, thinking about the old memories.

95% of them had to do with us riding together. Dirt, Street, it really did not matter. I too stopped for 10 years due to injuries.

I hoped someday my nephew could think of me and have the same fond memories. I bought a YZ 250 a few days after my father died. I wont stop riding again. I honestly do not care if my health will not let me ride hard. The doing is the important part for me.

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  • EZGZ

Posted August 10, 2002 - 03:21 AM


As soon I got my drivers license I rode a motorcyle. went back and forth from street to trail. Got married young and the wife always accused me of being selfish if I went off to ride leaving her home with the kids.
Decided to get out of it and ended up being a single parent.
Started messing with Dune buggy's and then the kids started working and dating so I was always driving with a empty seat. Decided I could cover more ground faster on a dirt bike so got back in.

Now that I have covered most of the trails in my area I am starting to get the itch for a street bike. I am thinking I will be going back and forth unless I get own one of each. Was even thinking of the supermotard route... guess it is just in my blood.

You just can't get the power to weight ratio and all around excitment from a reasonable priced car!

  • b-bike

Posted August 10, 2002 - 07:26 AM


Started in 1971 when I was 16 on a yamaha MX-125 Flat Tracker. Stayed with it till a torn A.C.L. in 74 (Bultaco 125 Persang). Boy did that bike love to go sideways.
Put it away for 2 years and got back on em for another 4 years. MX-250, YZ-400 & IT-465.
Put them away for "10" years before I started riding again. Now I don't think I'll ever give it up. I know how to go fast enough to scare myself with out "KILLIN" myself. :)

  • Ben_Dere_Didat

Posted August 10, 2002 - 10:26 AM


After trail riding and play racing for a half dozen yearsI raced like a looney (two classes every weekend) for most of '76, 77 and '78. I quit in late '78, due to lost interest, moving in with my girlfriend--later wife--and a return to the music scene (back then there weren't too many musicians into motocross). Though, I think about riding again often, it's only recently, at 44, that I've had the time, the money and the garage to move ahead with those thoughts. I plan to pick up a YZ426 next month.

Why wait? (or should I say why weight?) The deal I cut with my wife is that I have to be 15% body fat or less before I get a bike. I'm getting close now, and in reality it's a really good deal, because if I'm going to ride and not get hurt, I need to be in good shape. I've training like a mad fool (I'm eager, okay?) with weight lifting, cycling and yoga (really a good way to help prevent injuries).

So look for me out there starting in October. I'll be the good-looking stud with the six-pack (that would be of the Coors Light persuasion--you don't think I'm going to keep up with this training bull**** once I've got my bike do you?)

  • jim-in-so-ore

Posted August 12, 2002 - 04:06 AM


Well here goes,
I bought my first bike in 1970, a used 1969 DT1 250 Yamaha for $600.00. Stripped it down to make a "real Dirt Bike " out of it. I rode that pile till 1973 and bought a brand new 250 Ossa SDR.. I thought I had the world by the tail, Two years later I picked up a used Wr400 Husqvarna. I rode it till 1979 and sold it. I was going to buy a TT500 but it just never happened.. Fast forward to 1998 and friend offers me a 1985 XT350 so I took the plunge and bought it.In July of 1999 I bought my current scoot a 1999 WR400f that I ride the hell out of. Now here I am 56 years old and am no. 1 on my dealers list for a new WR450..
My middle daughter says I am going through a phase in my life and she is right. The Fun Phase.
Some ones signature on here said" You're never to old for a happy childhood" Boy ain
't that the truth. Jim

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