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    Quote Originally Posted by Der Kaiser View Post
    Maybe you need a 25-year old girlfriend that enjoys motorcycling as much as you once did to keep you interested? Might help to keep your motor running!

    Kent
    I haven't grown tired of riding yet, but that sounds like a good idea to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Firenailer View Post
    Rp - Congrats on the upcoming retirement! Thanks for your service.

    OldBeemer - Yeah there seems to be a bunch of us here! Love the 'Dacks, I've been looking at houses up there on and off for awhile now. What a beautiful part of the Country to live, I'm envious! Do you follow Joe's thread in the ADV site "The adirondacks and beyond" in the day tripper section?

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    As I and others noted. It seems to be the short / local rides that are less exciting first. I still enjoy travel / longer trips. Have become somewhat of a museum rat lately.
    Considering the National Air & Space museum this spring. And [if] N/York is back to normal? perhaps the Billy Joel museum on Long Island as well. Always wanted to ride to the end of L/Island, just haven't..yet.

    For the more local stuff. Been thinking about either another old Air-Head, or maybe an older Harley...always liked Pans.

    I have two Metric cruisers to sell first, just to free up some cash, and gain some garage space .

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    The Billy Joel place is cool, but Motorcyclepedia up in Newburgh, NY is really the place if your into a motorcycle museum! The Cannonball Rally left from there this year, what a spectacle!

    I bought an HD Superglide after some neck and shoulder injuries forced me to sell my '04 K1200GT a couple of years ago. I just couldn't handle the sport touring position any longer. It was nice, but really wasn't my kind of bike so I sold that and bought the RT this year.

    The 25 year old might be a little too young, Interesting idea, but still too crazy! Maybe a 35 year old....
    Ride Safe,
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    Tired of riding?

    Not yet, but my other passions are gaining ground.
    There was a time, from my late teens until my early forties when riding was the most important thing in my life. A wife, kids and a renewed passion for music has begun to push motorcycles to the sideline.
    I used to ride 25-30K km per year, now I'm down to 3-5k km. That would have bothered me in the past, but now it seems normal. I work, spend alot of time with my wife and kids (frequently in the sidecar), sing in a blues band, play guitar, ski, etc...
    Something has to give.
    I believe I will always ride both two and three wheel bikes but probably less than I had planned.
    I always planned on buying a brand new bike (never had one) when I retired, but now I'm thinking a custom guitar would get more use...
    I love bikes...but I also love my life!
    speed safely

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    Quote Originally Posted by Firenailer View Post
    The Billy Joel place is cool, but Motorcyclepedia up in Newburgh, NY is really the place if your into a motorcycle museum! The Cannonball Rally left from there this year, what a spectacle!

    I bought an HD Superglide after some neck and shoulder injuries forced me to sell my '04 K1200GT a couple of years ago. I just couldn't handle the sport touring position any longer. It was nice, but really wasn't my kind of bike so I sold that and bought the RT this year.

    The 25 year old might be a little too young, Interesting idea, but still too crazy! Maybe a 35 year old....
    Are we still talking motorcycles?

    I'll look into that other museum, maybe see them both while up that way.

    Ever been to Barber?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Firenailer View Post
    The 25 year old might be a little too young, Interesting idea, but still too crazy! Maybe a 35 year old....
    Yes, I suppose it may be time for many of us to move on from a "sport bike" that can be ridden fast and get an "adventure bike" you can take anywhere!

    Kent

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    Quote Originally Posted by 71243 View Post
    Are we still talking motorcycles?

    I'll look into that other museum, maybe see them both while up that way.

    Ever been to Barber?
    Not yet,

    I'm planning on doing a tour of Gettysburg in the spring. If time and weather allows, I might just continue down the BRP to see that one.

    Bob
    Ride Safe,
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    Tired of ridding

    Go play golf...go fishing...good to have other outs....

    For me winter is all about skiing...gives me time to reflect on the past season ridding look at the pics...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Firenailer View Post
    Not yet,

    I'm planning on doing a tour of Gettysburg in the spring. If time and weather allows, I might just continue down the BRP to see that one.

    Bob
    Late response [sorry] If you make it to Barber, you will not be disappointed,I promise. Since you're doing the BRP, @ Maggie Valley I highly recommend the Wheels Through Time museum . Again you will like it!!

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    Just retired? Hmmm. . . .

    Don't get offended, but . . . what if it's you, not motorcycling? A lot of men slip unawares into depression when they retire. It manifests itself as lethargy and loss of interest in the things that used to bring pleasure. It's usually temporary provided the individual makes a good adjustment to retirement. Some of us can't. After three years I'm struggling against a sense of feeling that I've outlived my value to the world. It's subtle; above the neck I realize it's ridiculous; below the neck is sometimes a different story.

    Just a thought.

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    "What you said" about age and smaller bikes

    Quote Originally Posted by gfspencer View Post
    I think you have hit on something. Unless I plan on riding at least 200 miles I take my Triumph. The Triumph is just so easy to ride. As I get older smaller bikes are more appealing.
    Almost at the same time I bought a 2005 K1200 LT and got a Moto Guzzi EV11 running, and I find the Guzzi more fun on short runs -- but I'm very pleased with my "move up" from my Valkyrie to the LT for longer rides and touring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oink View Post
    After three years I'm struggling against a sense of feeling that I've outlived my value to the world.
    Don't know if you caught this earlier thread on retirement. It's pretty good:

    http://forums.bmwmoa.org/showthread....-Retirement!!!

    Apart from concerns over whether they have anything left to contribute, some folks just need the stimulation of ongoing work.
    Rinty

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    042.jpg This is taking more of my time,what a blast!!!
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    Thank you, rinty

    Quote Originally Posted by rinty View Post
    Don't know if you caught this earlier thread on retirement. It's pretty good:

    http://forums.bmwmoa.org/showthread....-Retirement!!!

    Apart from concerns over whether they have anything left to contribute, some folks just need the stimulation of ongoing work.
    No, I had not seen that thread, being new here. 40427's contribution most closely resembles my situation. My wife is still working, closing in on 50 years as an educator. She retired from a county system, was miserable, went back to work as an adjunct professor at a junior college, then got recruited as principal of a start-up charter school where she's been wonderfully successful. When she retires there I know she'll have to get a (relatively) low-stress classroom position in an elementary school -- "relatively" because of federal intrusion into regional and local education. She gives me kitchen passes for two- to four-day weekday rides. We both want to spend all the time we can with each other on weekends, and her exercise program and church attendance cut that down to one clear day, so while we ride together, its only day rides with rare exceptions.

    When she does retire we're going to experience a very significant change in lifestyle. Like 40427, I'm very apprehensive about that; like his wife, my wife encourages me not to worry about it.

    She and I are wired the same way: we have an inherent need to "contribute." I have most of my life, one way or another, but now --- I guess I haven't found the volunteer service that "fits." I guess I should keep looking.

    Or sell cars at a "We tote the note" lot.

    However, with the two new-to-me bikes, my interest in motorcycling is refreshing itself.

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