Yup, after 50 years of riding, including a dozen years teaching MSF I just sold my last motorcycle and I have given up riding. Just a few years ago I could not conceive of this day ever coming.
So what changed? Physically unable to ride? Nope, I'm in great shape and bicycle our coast and mountains to a tune of about 400 miles a month.
The only way to explain it is to quote a dear friend of mine when I asked him why he no longer swims since he was a life time competitive swimmer and swim coach. He said, " the water no longer holds any mystery for me". Yup, not that I had done it all in 50 years of motorcycling but I found I was bored when on the bike. When I was on it locally or riding cross country I found myself thinking, gee I wish I was doing this, or that, etc. It was time.
I want to say that it was a great 50 years that included wonderful experiences I will never forget. Being an admin and mod on ADV Rider was a hoot. The off road advtures were great and my many rides with my good friend David (dbrick) were fantastic.
I enjoyed my many many motorcycles and my love affair with BMW's, then falling out of love with them, and falling back in love with them.
Ironically this last bike I sold was the very best BMW I ever owned, completely bulletproof and set up perfectly for me. A nice couple from the north bay bought the bike. He is thrilled with it and I suspect he will be a great addition to the BMW family.
Finally, I want to thank this forum and the members and mods for creating a great place to share the BMW experience.