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Thread: Saying Goodbye

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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    He was indeed 80 when he stopped riding.
    Those who have come before me and worked hard to create this club that I have come to love enspire me to drive on when the chips are down.
    R. Reece Mullins Ebony R1200RT (Gretchen)
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    BMW MOA Vice President

  2. #47
    Quote Originally Posted by rangerreece View Post
    Those who have come before me and worked hard to create this club that I have come to love enspire me to drive on when the chips are down.
    Youngster!
    Paul Glaves - "Big Bend", Texas U.S.A
    "The greatest challenge to any thinker is stating the problem in a way that will allow a solution." - Bertrand Russell
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  3. #48
    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    Youngster!
    Yeppers...

    In a conversation started on our Facebook group page, a young lady named Mara, asked, “What is the MOA doing to attract younger riders?” To which I answered, “We offer the same benifits to young riders as we do old.” I doubt she saw it as there were hundreds of comments, mostly old men getting in pissing contests on social media... a couple of relative comments sandwiched in between all the cynicism...


    It made me think. With patience, and effort, the MOA offers an opportunity for a younger generation of riders to take charge, contribute, make the club a better place. To take something you love like riding, and get creative; find ways to make the community and the MOA better. No dollar benifit is going to supersede the satisfaction one will obtain from a job well done.

    Back to that Kennedy quote, “Ask not what the MOA do for you, but what you can do for the MOA.” He was on to something profound. There is greater satisfaction in giving and sharing to that which you love than receiving.
    R. Reece Mullins Ebony R1200RT (Gretchen)
    MOA # 143779
    MOA Charter Club #5 #364 #100
    BMW MOA Vice President

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    Knight-Errant 1957mpd's Avatar
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    Senior Rider?

    This thread was begun by Doug who with warmth and candor, shared his reasons for dismounting. I've read all the responses and related comments others shared. So now I am curious - how old is the eldest man/woman of your acquaintance still riding? I learned here in the forum that Mr. David Hough for example recently stepped off at 80.

    The most senior rider I know is 83. He rides one of the venerable boxers in his collection from home to the airport each day - about 20 miles R/T on surface streets - and still "runs' one marathon a year. That's gotta' be partly DNA. The most senior motorcyclist I know is 101. He dismounted at 90, and would tell you as he has me, he should have stopped sooner. But I so enjoy hearing him share stories about riding in Europe during WWII, even though I am not at all sure, and do not care to know, how much of these narratives is entirely "true."
    "Soló el que ensaya lo absurdo es capaz de conquistar lo imposible." Miguel de Unamuno 1905

    Mark - Las Cruces, NM - '10 K1300S and '17 R1200 GSA

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1957mpd View Post
    So now I am curious - how old is the eldest man/woman of your acquaintance still riding?
    The oldest I personally know is a gentleman who is 90 or 91. Last year he had tire trouble on his F800 so we took the wheel/tire off Voni's bike and bolted it on his so he could go the 400 miles back home. The wheel/tire returned FedEx.
    Paul Glaves - "Big Bend", Texas U.S.A
    "The greatest challenge to any thinker is stating the problem in a way that will allow a solution." - Bertrand Russell
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    Quote Originally Posted by BC1100S View Post
    Here's a short clip of our Ambassador At Large for the Bee Cee Beemers based out of Vancouver.

    https://bc.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1356818
    That just puts a great big grin on my face. Thanks.
    "Soló el que ensaya lo absurdo es capaz de conquistar lo imposible." Miguel de Unamuno 1905

    Mark - Las Cruces, NM - '10 K1300S and '17 R1200 GSA

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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    We were having "Coffee with Dave" (David Hough) at the Rally in Nakusp, BC two years ago. Dave looked at the gray hair around the room and posed a question: "Can anybody suggest strategies we can use as we get older in order to keep riding?"

    I thought for a moment and offered three things: "Shorter days, smaller bikes, and lonelier roads."

    I now live in very rural southwest Texas, try to ride 300 miles days, and just bought a new 2018 G310GS.

    As of about a year ago, at age 80, David Hough sold his bikes and stopped riding. He said it was just time. I bought his Blue Aerostich Darian Jacket and wear it all the time when riding.
    Thanks so much for this info about David Hough, Paul. I am just one of thousands who benefited greatly from his books and also enjoyed his "coffee with Dave" talks at BMW rallies. Unlike Vonny, he DID have some crashes, and yet went on riding. I am so happy that he gave up riding rather than have riding take his life. I think he may have done more for riding a motorcycle safely than any other author or instructor. I hope he has many more happy years ahead of him.
    Doug
    1992 K100RS

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1957mpd View Post
    That just puts a great big grin on my face. Thanks.
    Shared in our Facebook group page giving credit for the find to the forums. My riding buddy is 73, a Vietnam veteran and I learn from him every time we go riding together. Mr. Jerry Elliot and his ilk inspire me.
    R. Reece Mullins Ebony R1200RT (Gretchen)
    MOA # 143779
    MOA Charter Club #5 #364 #100
    BMW MOA Vice President

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    Quote Originally Posted by rangerreece View Post
    Shared in our Facebook group page giving credit for the find to the forums. My riding buddy is 73, a Vietnam veteran and I learn from him every time we go riding together. Mr. Jerry Elliot and his ilk inspire me.
    Just my 2 cents here. Am 63 years old (young). Last year my buddy that was 82 at the time and I, left Monday morning at 7:09 and rolled into Salt Lake City late Wednesday afternoon to the fairgrounds for the national rally. Enjoyed the rally, left Sunday morning for home, he had a flat in Grand Island, that delayed the trip, rented a car to make the trip to Omaha to have a new tire mounted, got back on the rode the next day, he rode home and i rode to Little Rock, to see my son and his family, then on home by Saturday evening. He has decided over the winter to purchase a Can Am spyder due to strength issues associated with 20 years in the Air Force, as well as an upcoming birthday of 83, Lots of knowledge in our senior citizens, well some of them, lol Enjoy the forum, safe riding to All....

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    Just some thoughts

    Hi Doug, I like you was thinking of letting my membership expire a couple of months ago. I'm 70 years old and I don't ride the RS as much as I used to and don't care much for the new bikes. But, I still like to ride and be mobile.

    I have been riding my scooter mostly for the past 3 years and can go just about anywhere I want.
    Consider getting a 400cc-650cc scooter; they are not much lighter but the center of gravity is lower and much easier to roll around. And the ease factor is there; just twist the throttle and go.

    I ended up renewing my membership, not because of BMW but because of the people on this forum. I don't post much, but I do lurk and have learned much from the members young and old. Some are like old friends that I've never even met and I'm not ready to let them go. I hope you stay and member and share old age riding experiences.

    dwb
    1978 R100rs MOA#22600 125cc Kymco , 180cc Kymco Racing King
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.

  11. #56
    It is a wise man who knows when it is time to give up something they love; it takes strength of character and honest introspection. Your years of great experiences from riding and memories of the many friends you made along the miles will always remain with you and your life is richer for having the experience. Good luck to you as you focus your time and talents on this next phase of your life.

    DesertBob

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