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I was at a Club picnic Sunday. Talking to another member I learned when he renewed his Driver's license he did not renew his Cycle endorsement. He said too many idiots around here. This gentleman has or currently holds Salt Flat records.

My question is this at what point do you hang up your keys?

The gentleman in question is about 80. The oldest Rider I know is about 91. Sunday will be the Anniversary of my last ride Wednesday June 16 , 2010 about 930 pm CST. (Not that I am keeping records)

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That's a tough question for sure. I'd gather it is a highly personal decision that is affected by several personal/psychological/physical factors. Personally, my time will probably be when I no longer have the motor skills necessary to ride safely. That or when I ride somewhere and forget how the hell I got there.
 

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I had a friend go down three times over two group rides. The third time finally involved an ambulance ride, but she was OK. Each wreck was on an easy left-hand sweeper, and as it turns out the issue was she was going blind in her right eye. Thankfully she gave up riding. There are some ailments that make it unreasonable to push on.
 

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Times have changed and so has the dangers on the roads. With so many people driving with their phone buried in their face and the DMV passing out licenses like candy on Halloween. Riders really need to be on their game. My father made the decision to give up his bike license on his last renewal. I told him it was a smart move, considering car drivers these days. He`s in his mid-70`s and one`s reaction times and processing skills are slowing down. Being that he lives alone, he refuses to be a burden if something were to happen. He really misses riding and I believe that he has some regrets about doing it. I told him go take a riding class and get the bike license back, but he`s declined to do so.
There are numerous reasons to make that decision and I respect them for it, I know it`s not easy for some. I know how much I enjoy riding and I`m not looking forward to that day. So enjoy it while you can.
 

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When I get bored of riding. Which is getting close. I commute rain or shine all year 100 miles a day. It takes a toll, but lol, no tolls!
 

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When I get bored of riding. Which is getting close
I did the same for over 20 yrs. I still love riding and don't plan on quitting until I'm 75 y/o or older. Still a spring chicken at 67.

BTW how can you get bored with riding, with so much happening around you, where do you find time to get bored ?
 

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I did the same for over 20 yrs. I still love riding and don't plan on quitting until I'm 75 y/o or older. Still a spring chicken at 67.

BTW how can you get bored with riding, with so much happening around you, where do you find time to get bored ?
I-66 Northern Virginia, nuff said
 

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When they pry the keys from my cold dead hands.:cool:

Seriously, I have no idea when it will be time to hang up the keys, but I'll know when and act accordingly. I imagine it will come in stages, though, like maybe trading in the T120 for a lighter motorcycle and taking vacations in the car instead of on the bike. Who knows, though. I'm only 68 and it seems pretty foolish to me to be pondering this now.

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I ride a lot less then I used to. I am 73 and passed my renewal a while back. Of course my reaction time is probably not as quick as when I was in my younger years, but you compensate by riding 75% instead of right on the edge. My reason for riding less is the crazy people out there ! The younger generations just have no respect for life. I alway try to give the other guy a little room for error. People here blow through stop signs, not because they missed it, but because they can. If you actually stop at a stop sign, the guy behind gets all impatient. Where I live, even at controlled intersections, when The light turns green look both ways ...TWICE ! ...J.D.
 

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I don't see any reason to give up the motorcycle endorsement, even if I'm not riding anymore. Of course in this state (Maryland), it renews automatically at no additional cost. Maybe it's different in other states.
 

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I have been giving this a lot of thought lately, actually. Not because I think I'd give up riding in the foreseeable future, mind you. I am looking forward to retiring in a dozen years and spending most of my time on two wheels. I'll be in my early 60s by then.

No, I've been thinking those 'handing in my keys' thoughts because my sisters and I just convinced my dad to give up driving. He's 80, and has very debilitating rheumatoid arthritis. The old coot got me into motorcycle riding, and had to give it up about 12 years ago at age 68. I was visiting him in May and he told me stories that I had yet to hear, about how he and his Air Force buddies rode around on motorcycles while stationed in Japan. He said that he'd bought a 1961 Super Hawk and they traveled everywhere they were allowed to, and some places they weren't, in and around Tokyo in the early 1960s. I know he misses riding terribly. Up until about a year ago, he would like to sit on my bikes and start them up in the garage. He can't swing a leg over now, sadly.

So I think about that stuff and wonder if that will be me. I frankly can't even imagine it at this point. I am just now getting my kids interested in motorcycling, and it's my duty to pass the 'bug' along to them.

Today, I intend to ride until I pass. Be that tomorrow, or in 40 years. If I can't swing a leg over, I'll get a sidecar rig or a trike. After that I'll drop a Rocket III motor in a wheelchair.

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Well, like most of you guys I plan on giving up riding when I die. Stuff may happen that might change my mind later, but for now, I'm riding.

I'm 47 now, and we have a guy running with our group. He's 75. So I have time.

My Dad, who turned 76 in Janurary, just sold his Goldwing last month after it had sat for too long. He rode before he got the wife and kids with a break from 85' to about 90'. That's when my little brother and I started riding and reinfected him with the riding bug. He says that he doesn't wanna ride anymore because he's afraid what might happen if he dropped it. But I know the reason is because of my big brother passing away in 2015. Bike only ridden twice from then to now.

Luckily he has an open invitation to ride any of the 3 bikes i have in the garage the TT600, Moto Guzzi Griso and my brothers VTX 1800.
 

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My birthday is in July I will be 70 and I just renewed my licence. The motorcycle endorsement renews automatically here also. So according to the state of Ga. I'll be riding for another eight years. It is an official document so I feel obligated to at least ride until 2027. :ride
 

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What little I've seen of Delaware have been flat roads, PA and MD have lots of hills and corners.
You do want to avoid Rt 83, though, as it's basically a paved pothole which is constantly under construction with massive delays due to wrecks involving semis and deranged government workers texting on their phones.
 
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