Any longtime riders quit for good?

#76
I started riding when I was 5 years old, I had a Honda Z50 followed by a Honda CR80. When I got a little older I raced Kawasaki KX125's in middle school and messed around with 125's, 200's and 250's through high school. I went off to college and got my very first street bike, a 2002 Yamaha R6, followed by a few Honda CBR 600RR's and then a 1000RR. After I graduated from college and started making good money I got really into European sport bikes and had a few handfuls of Ducatis, MV Agusta's and Aprilia's and lastly BMW S1000RR/HP4's. I messed around with track days and even some CMRA events. One day I woke up and said that's it for the street and track, I had had enough and the speed no longer thrilled me in the same way. That was in 2013 and other than messing around on scooters and a random DRZ Motard I haven't been back on a street specific bike since.

I've picked up a few KTM 300's over the past decade and rode them mostly at sanctioned trails (no public land in Texas) or at our family property, and I took them on a few trips on back roads. I went into the service and completely got out of bikes during that time, it wasn't worth the risk and the **** storm I would face with my CO had I gotten hurt. When I got out I came across a smoking deal on a really low mile and clean DRZ400, it had motard wheels to go along with it and I enjoyed taking it around town and down to the river to fish, but it left a lot to be desired in the performance department. I sold it off last year for a small profit to a college kid as his first bike, he still rides it to class today.

Since last year I have put bikes on the back burner and I only tooted around town occasionally on a Yamaha Zuma 50cc, but I ended up flipping that for a nice profit not too long ago as well. My other half isn't a fan of the two-wheeled machines and finds them quite terrifying. I have done my best to leave it all behind for her benefit but lately all I can think about is getting a dual sport/adventure bike and taking trips out west and down to the Baja. I am only in my mid 30's but I have a bad back and I only have one riding buddy close by and the other is on the other side of the country, this makes the idea of adventure riding hard seeing how the majority of my trips would have to be solo (not a lot of adventure riders or riders at all in my AO). Nevertheless, it still eats at me and I have an opportunity at a very nicely modded Africa Twin that I am struggling to pass up.

At the end of the day it's not my passion for riding or the inevitable injuries, expenses, and time and money away from home that give me pause, it's the overwhelming amount of idiots on the road who text and drive today. I am not sure if I want to play the numbers game anymore and down here you have to use a lot of main roads in order to get to the less traveled ones, it's impossible to completely escape the cagers. I guess one can't live their life in fear of what could be, but it's just starting to make less sense. I enjoy off-road travel in a 4x4 and I spend a lot of time hunting, fishing, and shooting guns, but riding on two wheels and flying are both huge voids in my life these days. I don't foresee an airplane anytime soon so maybe picking up this adventure bike is what the doctor ordered?!
 
#77
At the end of the day it's not my passion for riding or the inevitable injuries, expenses, and time and money away from home that give me pause, it's the overwhelming amount of idiots on the road who text and drive today. I am not sure if I want to play the numbers game anymore and down here you have to use a lot of main roads in order to get to the less traveled ones, it's impossible to completely escape the cagers.
That's exactly what the problem is for me. I used to always say that if I died on my bike, it would be because of a deer - they are so damn unpredictable! Now, I think it would be a texter. Damn them all!

But I can't seem to muster the courage to sell the bike...
 
#78
That's exactly what the problem is for me. I used to always say that if I died on my bike, it would be because of a deer - they are so damn unpredictable! Now, I think it would be a texter. Damn them all!

But I can't seem to muster the courage to sell the bike...
Just got back from 800 miles round trip of western Montana and think it will be a while before I get back on. Third time this summer it has been more aggravating than enjoyable.

The distractions the other drivers have, the traffic and I am tired of the RV guys with trailers that have trouble with a sedan much less than a Class A or a full size pickup and fifth wheel trailer. It is just scary. Just plain lack of respect for the road and other drivers is getting bad.

I can't sell yet either, but I am not looking forward to riding anymore.
 
#79
Well my Triumph has sat in storage for a few months now, and I realize that I still love riding but can't face the idea of getting wiped out on the road. I think I'm for sure selling the bike. Maybe I will put more time/money into the Honda XL that I have and make it a better trail rider.

It's funny, selling my gear didn't bum me out at all like I thought it would. Heck I spent many cold nights sleeping bundled up in my Darien and have seen some amazing places riding/wearing it. But after I washed it and put it for sale it was just another coat. Feels good to make space in the closet.
 
#80
I too am another motorcycle rider on "hiatus" of sorts. I have had my endorsement for over 25 years and probably ridden some ~150k miles, including years where I only had a bike.

But, now my desire to ride has really subsided. For some time, my beloved FXST has been collecting dust. Like the OP and others, I too have wondered if perhaps I had a good run, and best not to tempt fate.

Anyhow, I don't have the urge to ride it, but also don't want to sell it.

I figure time will tell.
 
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