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  1. bob1

    bob1 Well-Known Member
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    After over forty years of riding sports bikes I have finally decided to call it a day and have sold my honda fireblade I am 62 this year and just feel its the right time. not that I can't ride them any more its just that you cannot get on these bike without going fast I got 6 points last year. and to be honest sportsbikes dont make any sense on the roads anymore so the blade is going and I just got me trusty trumpet not that I am hanging around on that lol.;)
     
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  2. Bad Billy

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    It's true mate, riding a 200bhp Superbike on the road is overkill, the ease they go very fast leads you into temptation & anything over the ton can see you banned. Enjoy the Trumpet & ride safe :cool:
     
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  3. darkman

    darkman Crème de la Crème

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    Nothing wrong with a change, enjoying my speed twin :)
     
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  4. curly

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    You know it makes sense!
     
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  5. freck

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    Enjoy the Speed Twin, a cracking bike, and all that matters is that you’re enjoying riding. As you say, sportsbikes don’t make much sense on our roads these days
     
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  6. Gazzatriumph

    Gazzatriumph Well-Known Member

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    I came to the same decision when I was 50 with an R6, I was either going to loose my licence or kill myself. I got a lot more enjoyment taking it easy and enjoy getting to wherever I was going rather than it being a blur.
     
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  7. learningtofly

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    Sound decision. Anyway, we're no spring chickens any more :)
     
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  8. Johnjo

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    You've had a good run there bob, riding sportsbikes into your sixties.

    Bought my one and only sportsbike, a Daytona 955i, when I was in my forties. I knew then after the 70 odd mile ride home on it I'd made a dreadful mistake. So uncomfortable on it sold it after about 6 months. It was the only time ive seen 165 on a motorcycle speedo though. ;)

    Chap in my local RAT pack still riding sportsbikes now, well into his seventies. Doesnt hang around on them either.
     
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  9. Privateer

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    I totally get that Bob. I was still riding my Suzuki RF900 when I turned 60. It was a missile but still comfortable as more of a sports tourer, but it only really felt right when ridden hard. I also got my last speeding points on it (hopefully).
    Now enjoying life in the slow(er) lane and the scenery is not so much of a blur now! :):)
     
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  10. Matt1050

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    52 years young here, and just sold my fireblade for a speed triple.
    Next step will be a classic style I think.
    Still riding, thats the main thing
     
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  11. mpllineman

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    This is exactly why I sold my Kawasaki ZRX1200. It after 2 police cars caught up with me one night, after a leisurely ride to work. The officer told me that Half of the police dept. were looking for me. Too much temptation and too much power is just a bad way to go! I sold her and went out and bought my first Harley. Talk about opposites.
     
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  12. Gazzatriumph

    Gazzatriumph Well-Known Member

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    Definitely opposites, but when I changed to a Triumph America I kinda got back to why I really enjoyed riding a bike, going like a looney everywhere actually wasn't all that much fun.
     
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  13. Flashp

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    Some of the best rides I've had are when I pack my photographic kit in the top box and go and get lost in the Hampshire countryside on my T100.
     
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  14. bob1

    bob1 Well-Known Member
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    very nice but I dont do top boxes lol.:joy:
     
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  15. Flashp

    Flashp Well-Known Member

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    No, they definitely don't add anything aesthetically o_O. Incredibly useful for a day out though.
     
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  16. MrOrange

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    Did the same.

    There was only one dealership in D&G, a Suzuki dealership, so when first got interested in bikes, wandered in there and up on a podium was a 750 GSXR in blue/white (the ONLY colour). So when I got my first bike I went for an SV650, because it was reasonably sensible but still loads of fun, but really I wanted that Gixxer.

    Roll on 3 years, a wandering eye happened on a nice K7 750 gixxer and that was me smitten. It was too small for me and far more capable of going fast than I was, but I had to have one, I even said I will probably sell it after the one summer but had to be done. Kept it for 2 years and absolutely loved it. They are soooo much fun going quick.

    But you do soon realize , that unless you are going quick, they are really uncomfortable and they go quick far too easily ( I never dared look at the speedo when going very quick). So like many I gave up and moved onto the cruiser. Didn't take me long, but came to the same conclusion, I was either going to lose my licence, or come a cropper.

    Funnily enough, I slowed down and came a cropper !!!!:p:laughing::laughing::joy::sob::sob::sob:

    So went back to a quick bike, a bit more comfortable, but you at least feel like your doing 100+ when you are doing 100+, not like the Gixxero_O
     
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  17. Dozers Dad

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    I can't understand how you lot are still alive?
    I was told the human head implodes at anything over 60mph? o_O
     
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  18. Bad Billy

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    Wouldn't know! :p
     
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  19. dilligaf

    dilligaf GrrrR3Rrrr
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    Yeah we’ve noticed :joy:
     
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  20. Bad Billy

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    Ooooh! You can be such a bitch sometimes o_O, but I know you're trying to drive me to the alcohol & Pie stash, because you want to win the fatties challenge :scream:

    No Cigar this time Dilli, but treat yerself to couple of nice cold beers instead! :D
     
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