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Old 03-21-2014, 05:33 PM   #1
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When your skills fade what?

When your riding skills start to fade you will know it. Then what are you going to do?
I decided it wasn't worth risk to me or mrs or anyone in between.
So sold my 7th Harley a 2009 Road King. Great bike one of my favorites.
And now I'm on the last Harley of my life .



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Old 03-21-2014, 05:36 PM   #2
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Probably, hopefully, just what you did. Enjoy!!
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Old 03-21-2014, 05:36 PM   #3
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Old 03-21-2014, 05:57 PM   #4
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Old 03-21-2014, 05:58 PM   #5
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When your riding skills start to fade you will know it. Then what are you going to do?
I decided it wasn't worth risk to me or mrs or anyone in between.
So sold my 7th Harley a 2009 Road King. Great bike one of my favorites.
And now I'm on the last Harley of my life .



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Hopefully I won't have to decide for another 10-15 years. Enjoy your trike. She's a beauty.
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Old 03-21-2014, 06:00 PM   #6
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Old 03-21-2014, 06:10 PM   #7
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They've already faded, as far as reaction time, and they've moderated because of experience, but they're far from gone. I hope to ride 2 wheels until I die. If I have to give it up at some point, who knows what'll be available by then? If it's got an engine, I'm in.

Very nice trike. Ride on.

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Old 03-21-2014, 06:19 PM   #8
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Your decision makes sense to me and a lot more attractive than the CanAm Spyder. Congrats on your new ride.
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Old 03-21-2014, 06:27 PM   #9
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I like it. Keep on getting out there whatever it takes. Just wished those 3 wheelers weren't so darned expensive.
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Old 03-21-2014, 06:37 PM   #10
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i'll do what this ADV member did. hopefully it will take me as long as he to get there, too

its where i started, i won't mind ending up there. especially since one foot is still in that door, as it is

you just have to realize its been nearly the same thing all along

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=835670
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Old 03-21-2014, 06:45 PM   #11
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oh, and i will also consider a can-am sort of ride. i have seen two older gents in my local area lately riding around on a couple. i know they didn't just start riding being both riders looked to be well into their 70's, or even older

sure, why not

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Old 03-21-2014, 07:40 PM   #12
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Unless a health issue strikes that affects my balance, at 58 I think I've got another 10 or 12 years left.

That said, last year I began thinking along the same lines and did a couple of things as a result.

First I sold the (860 lb +) Gold Wing I had owned for 10 years and put that money into a rag-top car. So after 20 years of my wife riding pillion and pretending she enjoyed cold, hot, windy and wet, and generally making noises when my riding/driving scared her, now she also gets to drive and sometimes I get to be scared!

Her impish grin says it all.



After that I sold the DR650. This was harder than selling the Wing. Yes, I had ridden the Wing all over the country, but the DR was my thoughtfully chosen, impeccably cared for, fully outfitted, very personalized steed for a 5,000 mile trip in July 2010 that included about 2/3's of the Continental Divide Trail.

Well ... the DR was ridden around 300 miles last year. It was time to make another choice.

The DR was sold with all the gear, tools, and a butt load of extra stuff to a fellow inmate who plans to ride a lot of dirt over the next several years. He got a great deal.

And that money into a BMW R1100RT.

The RT is just at 250 lbs lighter than the Wing, and moving it around in the carport or maneuvering in a parking lot is a breeze by comparison. It's not my first BMW but it is my first oil-head. I'm enjoying "going to school" on it.

Finally, I don't see me on a trike or a Can Am. When it's time for the RT to go, I'll give it all up and take my place on the porch of the old folks home.

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Old 03-21-2014, 10:09 PM   #13
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When I cant hold them up anymore or I don't feel comfortable, I will definitely have a look at the Spyder. Why the hell not?
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Old 03-21-2014, 10:50 PM   #14
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When your riding skills start to fade you will know it. Then what are you going to do?
I decided it wasn't worth risk to me or mrs or anyone in between.
So sold my 7th Harley a 2009 Road King. Great bike one of my favorites.
And now I'm on the last Harley of my life .



What will you do?
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Kinda wish my dad would go in that direction. He's 82, still rides most every nice day. His bike is a 400 yamaha super scooter, which he likes, but he dropped it last year on a hill and burned his ankle. My mom won't go near it (she's smart).

She'll ride with me, or her other sons…but not her, ahem, old man.

I tell them a three wheeler would give them confidence to at least go on short trips together. I mean, really, what's risk when you're in your 80s?!?

I dig those trikes. Huge trunk space. They'd be great for camping.

Good luck Hap!

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Old 03-21-2014, 10:59 PM   #15
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When your riding skills start to fade you will know it. Then what are you going to do?
I decided it wasn't worth risk to me or mrs or anyone in between.
So sold my 7th Harley a 2009 Road King. Great bike one of my favorites.
And now I'm on the last Harley of my life .



What will you do?
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My best friend faced that choice too and went with a Spyder.. That or your trike would be my choice too, when needed.

Good for you. The ''14 Rushmore Liquids are nice bikes/trikes!
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