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FrankS1 05-22-2006 05:48 PM

Re: A Church, a Wheelie and a Blessing.
What does that guy Townsend mean, saying something about riding until he's 65?? Hasn't he heard the saying, "You don't quit riding because you're old, you get old because you quit riding!" Or at least he doesn't believe it.

I turned 69 years old (stop snickering, there in the back row) day before yesterday, and took my recently repaired '70 Triumph T100C out for a 150 mile spin. Aside from seeing a dead elk beside I-70 (the car that hit it had been towed away, just as well for everyone's morale) and a little surging at low speed (still have to diddle the carburetor to make it happy at 10,000 feet), it was a great ride.

I'll have to plan something more elaborate for my 70'th birthday, next year.. How about getting Gabe or one of the other MO staffers to arrange a test ride on one of the new machines they keep testing. Don't they need the "experienced" point of view?

ksquid 05-22-2006 06:47 PM

Re: A Church, a Wheelie and a Blessing.
Great idea! This Colorado boy salutes you..

Dangerousdave_2 05-22-2006 10:30 PM

Re: A Church, a Wheelie and a Blessing.
AS a sixty year-old, I can only say "what the hell is he talking about?" Paul Newman won at Le Mans at the age of 69. There were other drivers, to be sure, probably faster than him, but doing the wrong thing quickly is not as good as doing the right thing a little slow. On a good, day, you are focused as good as ever. On a bad day, you just don't have it, and the wisdom to know the difference is what you should bring to the party. If you haven't learned that from experience, you should never have gotten on a motorcycle in the first place.

pdad13 05-23-2006 01:01 AM

Re: A Church, a Wheelie and a Blessing.
I'm a pretty strong believer that the key to keeping your motor skills sharp as you age--or at least keeping them sharper, longer-- is to use them. Unfortunately, most people believe the way to live forever is to lock themselves up in a nerf palace.

Motorcycling will always be dangerous, but I wonder how much lower the accident rate would be if every rider took it more seriously, got some form of traiining and actually practiced critical skills.

Over the weekend I saw some dumbass pull out of a dealership on his brand new cruiser, dragging feet the whole way. Five minutes later I saw him ride back past the dealership, run straight through a fork, over a curb, through a grassy area, into a busy gas station, and straight into a parked car at around 30 mph. Total brain lock. Total panic. He never closed the throttle. Never used the brakes. He had no idea how to control the bike.

His five minute-old bike was completely totalled. I've never seen something so stupid in person.

Fortunately, he seemed to have escaped serious injury. But if not for his advanced braking technique--a stationary red Hyundai--he might have killed someone aside from himself.

BillyO 05-23-2006 01:02 AM

Re: A Church, a Wheelie and a Blessing.
On Sunday,May 21,I rode w/a fellow in his eighties.He`s been rding since World War II.

During that war he flew Corsairs from Carriers in the Pacific

I`m 61 and ride all I can.THEN and ONLY then do I find time to play golf.

Also I`m a contractor,veteran,and married 33 years.

Bought my first motorcycle on the day JFK was assassinated.

The first Motorcycle blessing of any consequence was and is still held every year in Colebrook,NH.

Come on up you heathens and receive the baby Jesus in your hearts and get your asses saved.Do I hear an AMEN.

Auphliam 05-23-2006 01:54 AM

Re: A Church, a Wheelie and a Blessing.
The Murrysville Alliance Church in Murrysville, PA have a real good annual event. This year was the 10th annual and attendance estimates were somewhere around 3500+. I'm lucky to live in a community where the politicians, police and people embrace motorcyclists.

Lookie here

They also have their own club

bboule 05-23-2006 04:18 AM

Re: A Church, a Wheelie and a Blessing.
Saying we need to look to God when a rider mysteriously crosses 3 lanes of traffic and smacks a guard rail says a lot about American motorcycling mentality.

ANYTHING to ignore skills, practice, and personal responsibility... "God did it", "Motorcycles are dangerous", "Everyone is going to go down"... Yikes!

bbtowns 05-23-2006 04:57 AM

Re: A Church, a Wheelie and a Blessing.
I once toured BC with two sets of golf clubs strapped to my bike (my buddy was on a VFR with no luggage and could barely carry his camping gear). No reason one has to exclude the other. Go play Preadator Ridge up there, it's a great course and reasonable $.

seruzawa 05-23-2006 05:31 AM

Re: A Church, a Wheelie and a Blessing.
If you thought religious wars or motorcycle flamewars were bad just wait until you see religious motorcycle wars.

KPaul can be the first heretic burned at the stake for spouting anti-VTwin heresy.

Everyone knows that God rides a Harley, but that Jesus rides a Ducati. I think that Buddha rides a Honda Benly.

SRMark 05-23-2006 07:16 AM

Re: A Church, a Wheelie and a Blessing.
After I've crossed my "t"s, and dotted my "i"s, I say a little prayer for me. Will God still honor his blessing if I break the law? Praying for "God speed" may get me in deeper than I bargained for.

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