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Old 05-10-2010, 01:18 PM   #2161
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I've been riding street bikes for 11 years, and have done "easy" dual sport riding for about 3 years. I just picked up a small dirt bike to learn more challenging stuff and gain confidence on items such as rocks and roots. Motorcycling is my addiction, and I am kicking myself for not getting into it at an earlier age. What holds me back now is the knowledge that middle-aged bones don't heal as quickly, and the fearlessness I had when I was 16 is a thing of the past! Maybe there is some kind of magic pill that can turn me into a risk-taking wild woman!!
Totally hear ya...I learned back when I was 12 when the horses were put away...250 dirt bike and yells of DON'T POP the CLUTCH! from the boys...

Old body can't take the horses, so I got m'self a bike 10 years ago...Currently have a 2005 F650GS, that I've outfitted to the thought of longer, harder and faster...

I'm 45 now...and all my gear is tuned to max fun with 60/40 risk...as long as I have a 60% chance, I'll go for it!
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Old 05-10-2010, 03:14 PM   #2162
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I am admittedly a more spirited rider on the street; have done track days, often wear full leathers. But most streets don't have boulders, mud ruts, tree roots, etc. to send me flying! These are what I must learn to negotiate, and things don't come nearly as easily to this 46 year old mind and body as they once did!
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Old 05-10-2010, 10:37 PM   #2163
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Laugh oh yea...

My 44 yo mind is still writing checks my body can barely CASH! <>.. ugh!

you only live this lifetime once.... live it well and happily... which does not translate to go out and try to kill yourself! Slow is good... I'm okay with slow.... enjoy the scenery that way...
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Old 05-11-2010, 06:55 AM   #2164
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My 44 yo mind is still writing checks my body can barely CASH! <>.. ugh!
All my checks go to my physiatrist now. 25 years breaking and training horses have left me with a plethora of misfit joints - starting prolotherapy this month. The guys at the farms I worked at in my youth are to blame for introducing me to dirtbikes (although I was always keen on them.) After a long day of shoveling and cutting hay, I was taught how to ride on their bikes (those were the kickstart days.) My mom never approved of riding motorbikes (I think she's just given up now) but thought that a horse would keep me out of trouble. My bike keeps me out of trouble now (sorta) and it almost gives me the same joy as riding a horse.
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Old 05-16-2010, 02:07 PM   #2165
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Laugh aging bones

I'm laughing as I read all your posts ... I started on a Yamaha XT225 last year, got a 2003 BMW 650GS this February. I've been on roads that looked like bad hiking trails and have broken a few bones along the way (hmmmm, osteopenia is NOT a good thing ... calcium and vitamin D are now a daily supplement!!!). Had a great faceplant across gravel trying to ride with some motocrossers (it was all fun ... and many many bruises!!)

I agree ... nothing wrong with slowing down just a little to enjoy the scenery. I wouldn't trade my bike for ANYTHING ... what a stress reliever, what a joy, what a sense of freedom ... I love the early morning fresh-hay smells, cool mountain air smells, fresh dirt gravel smells ... life is good on a bike! Nothing like clearing your head, jumping on the bike, and enjoying a ride. Always looking for an adventure ... I'm hoping to learn how to camp off my bike this summer.

Keep riding ... keep posting!
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Old 05-16-2010, 02:45 PM   #2166
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Ahhh dang, I don't want to talk about aging bones. Why the heck do men get to have a midlife crisis where they buy a convertible/motorcycle and chase young women while we are "blessed" with weakening bones and a slew of other things . . . . ?
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Old 05-16-2010, 02:54 PM   #2167
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A while back I posted about an All Women's Adventure camp. Well, we had it and it was a blast. Here's a link to the page where the pictures start (about four posts down): http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...551769&page=30

If you have any way to swing it consider doing this next year, it's an incredible weekend. They have rental bikes ($50) if people fly in to do the weekend. AKLiz and Ideawife both flew in and used a rental bike. They also have some camping gear if you don't want to haul yours on the plane - heck they even set up the tent. Now that's a bit of luxury!

The weekend was filled with so much, we were busy the entire time and the grins on the women's faces all weekend sure said it all. We had a blast.

It was great getting to meet the other gals and have a weekend for us. Some of the gals have great husbands that even cleaned house for them while they were gone. WOW ! ! ! talk about scoring a supportive man.
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Old 05-17-2010, 07:57 AM   #2168
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Ooooh the adventure camp looks awesome!

Has anyone posted about this here yet?

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Old 05-18-2010, 03:26 AM   #2169
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Down here in Oz we organised our own girls rides, or "Chicks in the Sticks". So far we've had 2 camping weekends, no blokes, and all on bikes except those who are injured. The momentum is growing, though our group is currently small. We have a great time and there are more trips planned.

Importantly we are all finding our confidence on dirt grow, which is very rewarding.

Here is the ride report for those that are interested:
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...9#post12888599
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Old 05-26-2010, 03:59 PM   #2170
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Thanks!

Well I TOTALLY got told off by this guy in JoMomma when I posted that pic cause I wasn't wearing latex gloves and how dangerous a dremel is with out latex gloves (I dont think it would prevent you from getting cut at all and worst cause can get caught in a rotory tool and REALLY hurt you) So he went off on me for a few pages, eventually calling me stupid and how he likes women with "common sense and 10 fingers"

Well since latex/nitrile gloves are the new safety necessity, I made sure my bike and myself was protected on my 500+ mile ride this past weekend. He is going to kill me
Fell out of my chair with this one, give 'em hell girl!

Oh and one more thing, those gloves are not wasted, I use mine over and over until they rip.
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Old 05-26-2010, 09:15 PM   #2171
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A while back I posted about an All Women's Adventure camp. Well, we had it and it was a blast. Here's a link to the page where the pictures start (about four posts down): http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...551769&page=30

If you have any way to swing it consider doing this next year, it's an incredible weekend. They have rental bikes ($50) if people fly in to do the weekend. AKLiz and Ideawife both flew in and used a rental bike. They also have some camping gear if you don't want to haul yours on the plane - heck they even set up the tent. Now that's a bit of luxury!
What kind of bikes did they have to rent - and is that $50.00 a day? That isn't too bad....
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Old 05-27-2010, 05:06 AM   #2172
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What kind of bikes did they have to rent - and is that $50.00 a day? That isn't too bad....
When and where is the camp next year?


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Old 05-27-2010, 05:16 AM   #2173
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Hello,

I'm a newbie and this is my first post....although I have been featured in a few ride reports.

Can I have a show of hands of women riders in the group??
Hello! I am female rider, new to the forum too! I ride a 06 Ninja Kawasaki. Taking it to work today in preparation of a nice long, maybe 200 ride on Sunday.
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Old 05-27-2010, 05:55 AM   #2174
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Hello! I am female rider, new to the forum too! I ride a 06 Ninja Kawasaki. Taking it to work today in preparation of a nice long, maybe 200 ride on Sunday.

Hello FluteSong
Welcome....:calp
We head out to look at a huge tree house in TN...

I'm so backed up on rr's....

Hope every one has a safe and fun filled weekend
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