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post #1 of 47 (permalink) Old 06-13-2017, 10:22 PM Thread Starter
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Falling out of love with motorcycles?

Seriously worried... I've been riding since I was 10. Motorcycles have always been my Zen, my thrill in life. They gave me euphoria, working on them, riding them, day dreaming about them when I'm not riding. I haven't been able to get to that state in over a year. I enjoy sported riding, low leans, coming out of corner, acceleration and the beauty of the machine itself. Did I loose something inside? Is it my bike, my age? Any suggestions on how to get it back? Anyone ever experience this?
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post #2 of 47 (permalink) Old 06-13-2017, 11:44 PM
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I've never experienced your predicament (thank goddess!) but I'll tell you what gives me an extra jolt of motowood: Planning and executing a multi-day trip. Breaking out the map book and planning a multi-day ride to some place I've never been (or haven't been in a long time), picking out roads I've never been on, researching local landmarks and such is like being a kid again. The whole world awaits and I get to design it any way I damn well please! And then...I get to ride it!

Last year I did an 8-day lap of California that I still have fond memories of. I spent months obsessively planning it out, just because it gave me such a thrill. This year I don't have the $ for that, but I am now prepping for an overnight to the central coast. The route I mapped will take me all day to do about 200 miles as the crow flies because I'll be giving the crow the bird (pun intended) and riding the squiggliest route I could concoct. I even polled some Ventura County riders I know for advice on roads I was considering, and I was able to use their experience to craft what I think is going to be a most excellent journey.

These days I'm mostly a weekend warrior in the local mountains, but the multi-day sport tours are such a change of pace, change of scenery, change of experience that they blow away all the cobwebs and put me in direct contact with my love of motorcycling.
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post #3 of 47 (permalink) Old 06-14-2017, 04:49 AM
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I kind of get that feeling each spring as the time to migrate north gets nearer. The same o same o of riding here in Florida looses its luster really fast. Once I get back into the Adirondacks all is well with the world, I again am looking for any excuse to go for a ride. Maybe try something new, a new style of riding, new roads or set new goals. Take an advanced riders course and see if you can learn some new skills. Hope you get that old feeling back soon. The riding season has just opened and there are many roads to be explored and good times to be had.
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post #4 of 47 (permalink) Old 06-14-2017, 05:15 AM
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Yep... I've experienced this. I worked on my wife for 5 years, before I broke her resistance down enough that I could get my first bike. During that whole time I couldn't get the idea of riding out of my head. The first few years of riding was also an obsession. I planned, and read and organized and planned some more. But, somewhere around 5 years ago (with about 5 years of riding experience), I kind of lost interest and the bike gathered dust, was sold, and not replaced for a couple of years. Part of that was just life. I was busy and distracted from any hobbies. Part was that I lived in a crowded Asian country, and riding wasn't really fun in the city, or in the endless rainy season. I also didn't speak the local language, and my riding buddies were also busy. Riding alone there was lonely.

Now I've moved to a more modern country, with English as the common language and I just had to start riding again. Nice weather, good roads, nice scenery and places I want to go have all contributed to re-igniting my desire to ride. I have no doubt though, stick me in the wrong country or wrong area, make biking difficult or unpleasant and I will wander off to something else.
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post #5 of 47 (permalink) Old 06-14-2017, 07:02 AM
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I think this can happen for those who have an obsession with motorcycles and riding. I love riding and owning motorcycles myself, but it's not the end all in my life. I've been a caregiver to my parents for the past 8 yrs so riding time is very limited. Because of this, when I do ride, I truly appreciate the experience. I've been riding for a long time and have gone without a bike many times. The longest was seven years. I'd rather find enjoyment in many things than just one. There are times when it's a beautiful day and I'm out riding and think I could be out for a hike in the woods instead of aimlessly burning gas on the bike. Maybe it's not such a bad thing that you are not thinking about riding and bikes 24/7. If riding becomes routine, then maybe it loses its appeal.
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post #6 of 47 (permalink) Old 06-14-2017, 07:22 AM
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I have sort of experienced that a few times recently after I started paying golf again. I’m not sure what caused it though. I love golf; I also love riding a motorcycle. I think there were a few factors that caused me to lose some of the passion. One was that my wife lost interest and no longer wants to ride with me. When we first met about 15 years ago, she had never been on a motorcycle of any kind and the riding was new and exciting to her. A typical year on the back seat for her was around 5000 miles. About 2007 she just seemed to lose all interest and has just recently given any signs of doing it again. (Keeping my fingers crossed.) Next, it seems that all my old riding buddies are just too busy with life to ride. I enjoy having a partner or two as in the past I have ridden lots of miles solo. One of the things I’m doing to re-ignite the fire of a solo ride is to combine the riding with more serious photo stops. Photography is another passion that goes well with cycling and incorporating a bike into some of the frames in an artful way opens up a whole new challenge. Lastly, I gave myself a sport bike for my 60th birthday three years ago. I thought waiting until I was 60 to get my first sport bike would give me the maturity and wisdom to ride it responsibly—I was wrong. It does, however, give me an entirely new outlook on going for a short ride knowing how exhilarating it can be to blast out of a curve like I’ve never done before getting this bike. In the end, I guess finding a new attitude whether it be with a new toy, new partner, old partner or combining it with another hobby is a way to beat the creeping monotony.
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post #7 of 47 (permalink) Old 06-14-2017, 07:48 AM
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I have never lost interest. In fact I wish I could ride more twisty mountain roads. If I could move to our place in Western N.C. which has plenty of the roads I like, that would be awesome!
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post #8 of 47 (permalink) Old 06-14-2017, 08:41 AM
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I've found that having someone to ride with (sometimes) helps get me out the door and back on two wheels.

While riding is a very personal experience, sharing that experience with another is rewarding (sometimes).

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post #9 of 47 (permalink) Old 06-14-2017, 09:17 AM
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I've lost interest twice. Once when I lost an eye and was talked into selling my bikes by my wife because of my lack of depth perception, the other when I was playing a lot of golf with the wife. She sold her bike a few years ago and lost interest. I regain my interest every time I go for a ride, and I still enjoy restoring bikes too. Maintenance, not so much. Each time I have quit for a while, I never really lose the urge completely. I guess it just recharges my batteries. Then, when I'm riding again, I wonder what the hell I was thinking.
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I'm 55. Like you, I've been riding most of my life. Riding has not been my main mode of transportation, but something that I do for the enjoyment. I've gone thru phases where my urge to ride has waned, and other times where other life priorities has taken up much of my available riding time. But, I've always had at least one bike in the garage, and many times two so that when I got the urge, it was always there to be satisfied. After a while, the shear pleasure and enjoyment of riding has always come back, and I've never completely stepped away from it to date. Other times that I've lost interest, it was because of the bike. Even at my age, I still tent to be a, lets say spirited rider.

There have been times when I have gotten bored with a bike and a new bike has always seemed to cure that boredom feeling for me. Last Christmas was one of those times, so I stepped out of the box and bought a totally different type and make of bike. Five of my last 7 bikes were Triumphs (gotta love em), but what did it for me was a 2016 Moto Guzzi Griso 1200 SE roadster. It very quickly solved that problem. So really you just need to determine which is the cause, either way there is a solution. If its the bike, do like I did. Research bikes, read reviews and owner ratings, take your time and look for something totally different and unique, possibly something that you've never considered before. Narrow the list down to your top two or three and test ride them. Then when you find that one that really sparks the urge or makes your heart skip a beat, get it.

This is the Guzzi that did it for me.
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