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06-10-2019 11:36 PM
Originally Posted by henry postma View Post
Been thinking about getting out of biking. Am going on 82 and my knees are not getting better. So no sense in gambling with my life. Had a good run for the last 40 some years. No accidents and no i never did drop the bike for all those years . Listed my bike on a market place site two days ago and sold the bike for the full asking price of $4000.. But still will check in here once in a while. Been a pleasure getting to know a lot of people on this forum, even if i have never met any in person. Still i feel that all of you were a part of my Boulevard days. Happy Easter to all and God bless.

henry do not throw in the towel just yet...consider getting a trike with still have a lot of miles left in you...i am only 75 and my knees bother me some time...but i will take my own advise when the time comes...i will be on a trike...i will ride it like i stole it!!!!!!!!!!!!!
04-25-2019 08:45 PM
Counter Steer I'll be ecstatic if I made it to 82. We are headed out for a month trip to the East coast end of June. Probably our last two up long trip on two. With Duffy's guidance, I just bought a Miata. Bad knees, broken back, and other issues caught up to me and I just realized I needed other options. We'll tour two up as long as we can, For 7-10 days. Runs to Utah, Arizona, or Calgary for an adventure. So I admire your making it to 82. I hope I am able to make a similar post in 10 years. Of my 4 passions, loving Maureen, motorcycling, wilderness hunting and fly fishing free stone streams, it seems that motorcycling will be the first to go.

Don't tell Maureen, but I hope wilderness hunting is the last to go. I've got nothing against viagra if that time comes, and I know with my knees and back that wading rivers will get tougher. 5 years ago crossing a ice cold snow melt filled stream, I severely tore my meniscus. It took me 14 hours to limp back to my truck. The pain was intense. So, unless I agree with my surgeon who said get new knees, I have to be careful.

So when I hear your decision, I understand all the other things you have considered before deciding to end your riding. I am moved and supportive of you caring for yourself. I know that someday, soon, I'll be evaluating the same issues. As I stated at the beginning, if I make it riding to 82, I will be ecstatic. I hope you check in. While our C50/Volusia years did not bring our paths together, I have read your post for years and feel enough to consider your a Road friend. Always, Counter Steer.
04-23-2019 07:09 PM
henry postma Hi all. Thank you for all the nice comments. As you see it is somewhat hard to stay away from here . Just got the bike certified today and the new owner will pick it up Thursday. So it will be a bit strange the next day when i walk into the garage and all there is left are the tools that i used working on the bike as i always did my own maintenance lol. . My wife is surprised how well i am taking it lol. But i was always one to move on fairly quickly. And especially when one realizes that it is time to move on and there is no way around it, then one looks for other things to do lol. My other hobby is working out everyday and getting on my bicycle. What i like about the bicycle is that it is very enjoyable and without the noise lol. Also i live in the country and there is always something to do lol. So , am sure that i can fill my days with other things as gardening season will be here. Take care all.

04-22-2019 04:58 PM
Petey2006(No)C50C I'm a little your junior and I had to give it up also because of my Left shoulder going out and my legs not being strong enough to back up my bike any longer. I did enjoy biking for 57 years but all good things must come to an end.
04-22-2019 09:26 AM
BearBait I know how you feel, Henry. I am seven years behind you, but nevertheless as each new riding season comes along I wonder more and more strongly whether my strength and abilities are still up to the challenge. To be honest, the prospect of getting back on two wheels, although exhilarating, sometimes seems more like work than fun, and sometimes actually scares me. Be at peace with your decision, but make sure to stick around to share your years of experience with us all.
04-22-2019 07:32 AM
Jeffrobombero Good luck in your post-riding season! I hope that I get the tough choice you had to make rather than the pavement or someone else making that choice for me. What an amazing non-accident ride you had. You are among the elite few with such a long career and nothing taking you down. Stick around, your
riding wisdom will be a life saver for some new rider on the boards no doubt.
04-22-2019 06:40 AM
BigBert Always better when you get to make the decision for yourself instead of someone else making it for you. God's blessing, I know something else will fill the void quick enough.
04-21-2019 10:31 PM
guitarjim Glad you enjoyed some great years of riding. Enjoy your next pastime.
04-21-2019 04:37 PM
Duffy It's going to happen to us all sooner or later. I think I've got another year or two and I'll be looking for a Miata.
04-21-2019 02:47 PM
scorpion46 What a tough decision to make. But you know what's best for you and I respect that. You've had a happy and safe run. Better to get out while the getting is good. Rather this than being pushed out from an accident. Good luck in whatever you do, my friend. Hang around and give others the wisdom that you've learned.
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