BWB, I am thankful that you are a strong "thread" in the threads, and I admire that. Too many people get blown with the breeze today, and forget about the things that they really like doing, like dirt biking or just plain farting around. A lot of hobby-type things are really scorned upon as soon as we hit adulthood, and I think that attitude really sucks, as it makes people ashamed of what they like to do with their time. We have to resist that pressure to conform, and we have to stay true to the things we love. The part that really sucks is for you is that your injuries are holding you back from doing what you love. And if getting on Thumpertalk keeps your spirits up, stay on it dude. I know you've gotten my spirits up by being here, even if I haven't had an XR since I was in the 5th grade. And I check TT at least twice a day for messages, snides, jokes, and info (I can take a lot of abuse).
I'm the counter-example of BWB. I'm the guy that's had very little life (and even less dirt biking) in the last 15 years, and I really regret that. I haven't made time for the things I loved, including the dirtbiking I used to do from my backyard, down the alley, and into the fields. There's a million guys that could tell the exact same story as me, and that's a million sad
stories, for sure. It's sad because I could have used dirt biking as an escape from the difficult years I've spent, but I didn't. And now, I'm trying to learn how to bike all over, rather than have it as an innate sense of my "being." And it's tough. And I feel that I've lost an opportunity to continue developing a skill from my youth. All I've managed to squeak out is a couple of years of streetriding at this point.
So when you look at my Avatar, and you see that sliver of a Starbucks cup, that really reflects me, sad to say. I wish I was Borynack, or XR-Det, or Johnny Campbell?
, but I'm not. I could have been a veteran rider, but, instead, I've spent 14 years trying to build a superstar career instead of doing something good for my spirit. I've collected 5 university degrees - pharmacy, economics, MA (economics), MBA (Ivey), and I've just finished a law degree. And what has that gotten me? More work, more responsibility, and less time on the bike. Who needs it! We should be having fun, not concentrating on work! So an "L" probably really is my speed right now. I didn't buy it because it's better or worse, just because it suits my level of riding right now. If I had been developing my skills and riding the desert, that'd be different. But I'm not. I'm 34 and trying to re-familiarize myself with biking, instead of heading for the Baja for a tenth running.