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Well, after turning 50 and buying my yz450 (after not having a dirt bike for many many years) On my second trip out with it, I stuff myself into a ditch and break my right collar bone. So no riding for a few weeks...my bike is laughing at me....my wife is giving me the "I told you so"....I am self employed doing heavy work so no income for a while...so....stupid is as stupid does!

Funny thing is I bought a Leatt brace but it's not here yet!

Just thought I'd give you all a chuckle!

As soon as I'm healed I'm getting back on that pig and riding...I'm not a smart man.:worthy::eek:

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Funny you bring that up. The older I get the faster I was. My buddies are just getting on my case about slowing down. Well, its for a reason. I dont want to get hurt. I want to ride another weekend.

I learned there is a fine line and I wont cross it anymore. Well, thats what I tell everyone!

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That sucks...no chuckling here! Lost income and (more importantly) not being able to ride are serious matters! I did a similar thing, bought my bike on a Saturday and had a near death experience on Sunday. Promised myself I was selling it (as I was lying in a heap) but didn't. Now I'm glad. Get well soon.

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It happens to all of us. For some it's the first or second ride, for others it's a year or two later. If anyone thinks that you should never expect to crash on a motorcycle (especially a dirt bike) they're kidding themselves. It's a part of the sport and we all accept that. Even the most skilled and experienced riders crash and hurt themselves.

I feel bad that with your circumstances you'll be out of work, but consider it a lesson learned. I like Hillclimbguy have learned there are things I used to try, that I don't even consider any longer. I enjoy just riding more than being the fastest or the most daring. I still enjoy a challenge, but not at the risk of busting myself or my bike in to a million pieces.

You've already proven your toughness and determination by showing that you can't wait to get back on the bike again. There are so many guys/kids who buy a bike, crash it and then sell it; never to ride again. The world needs those guys too, because you usually get a good bike for dirt cheap :worthy:

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Hope everything turns out! I just started riding again myself this year at age 38 and haven't mounted an offroad bike in 12 years, guess what i bought, thats right a 450f and started back at woods racing a month after I bought it. My parents are always giving me a hard time of I'm too old, my wife on the other hand backs me 100%, the vet and senior turn outs at the races are amazing in numbers, keep riding till you can't get that leg over the seat any more, and then get a stool or small ladder to help. Luckily I have yet to do any major body damage to myself except for my knee that I hurt while trying to train for the races, I am just too old to be running around the block I told myself.:worthy:

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As soon as I'm healed I'm getting back on that pig and riding...I'm not a smart man.:eek::banghead:

For a very lucky few, riding is an addiction. It must be fed. :worthy:

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hate to hear that, but keep riding. I had rode all my adult life when at 33 i crashed pretty hard and broke the top 2 vert's in my neck c1-c2..... took a few years off, then when my son hit 13 and I was a mere 40, we started riding again. Last year on my yzf, I almost hit a quad head on..... missed him... endo'd off the trail and broke my lh collar bone. I thought the wife unit was going to start the "sell everything" routine again, but that did not happen. She understands how much I love to ride.

We just trail ride now and enjoy every minute I get to ride...

I was off the bike a couple of months, and no ill effects.

jay

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Hang in there and get out as soon as you can again. I just got back into offroad after many years and I"m 47. When we are really old we will have something to look back on and smile!

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Im in the same boat as you are. Self employed auto repair shop owner. I gave up riding at the track also. I cant afford to get hurt and be out of work. I only ride on flat dirt roads at my buddies place in the mountains. Its too hard to control myself at the track. I miss flying over the jumps. Now I just haul ass and do mile long wheelies. It sucks being self employed!

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Hope you heal up fast! Oct 28th 07 I broke my left femur, shoulder & wrist all at the young age of 40. 10 months later my 1st ride was at Cahuilla Creek where I went 1 1/2 laps before crashing hard enough to ruin the paint job on my new Shoei. ..but I just can't give these bikes up..been riding since 1978 & don't plan on stopping...but I'm getting the feeling that my reflexes aren't what they were years ago. Hope you get back on the bike soon:thumbsup:

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I broke my right wrist the first month I started riding over jumping a double. Broke it on Saturday just before Mother's Day and went to work on Monday. I need both hands pretty badly since I am a Chiropractor. After the first week no one notice since I was able to work efficiently in my cast.

Don't give up just learn from it.

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