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1st Sep 2013, 21:42
As I bumble into middle age I look back at my hobbies like life and flying and motor cycles and realise that they are not equal but at the same time enormously fun...

I have just bumbled home from Silverstone (as a spectator) having watched three Spainards and an Italian fight out a race that made me proud to be a human...

What do you enjoy (and don't say PPRuNe because we all do) and if you could what would you drive at speed?



1st Sep 2013, 21:54
Are you asking what other hobbies we enjoy
or are any of us into Motorcycling ?

1st Sep 2013, 21:57
I ride bikes, motor-powered, have done since I was 16.
I started off in Geordie-land on a BSA Bantam and progressed up to a Dommie 99 before I left and came to the US.
Now living in California I ride a BMW R1150RT and wore out a set of tyres between Feb-August, and NOT the middles !!!
I was at the 1967 Senior TT, used to go to Scarborough and Croft on a regular basis, now I go to Laguna Seca and Sonoma.
I'm still a young 68 and an enthusiastic follower of all types of road racing.
I go to fly-ins and have been to the Reno Air Races.

1st Sep 2013, 21:57
Are you asking what other hobbies we enjoy
or are any of us into Motorcycling ?

Both.... ;)


1st Sep 2013, 21:59
I'm still a young 68 and an enthusiastic follower of all types of road
racing. I go to fly-ins and have been to the Reno Air Races.



1st Sep 2013, 22:03
I have had my motorbike licence as long as I have had my car licence.

Had a small 250 Ex Postie bike I used to ride occasionally but more
so up at a farm. I now have a Honda 250 Road trail.

Never been to a bike Race but have always watched them.
I should go to Phillip Island on time.

Ooops, went to Phillip Island with the Army where we put on a display
so I have been to one.

I am sure you have worked out what my main hobby / interest is !!!

DX Wombat
1st Sep 2013, 22:06
Apart from the traditional knitting, crochet & embroidery I have my PPL, my Intermediate Amateur Radio licence which I use to participate in RAYNET exercises, I enjoy caravanning :E and I have two lovely dogs who keep me busy and take me to dog training twice a week. I'm a member of the Trefoil Guild and a couple of Guide orientated Singing Circles and once a month meet up for lunch (usually in a pub) with a group of retired work colleagues. There are more things but those will do to be going on with. :) Will that do?

1st Sep 2013, 22:15
DX Wombat

You sound like a bloody decent person that I would be proud to have as an neighbour, dog sitter and pilot/co-pilot on any damned adventure we can think of...

As for crochet, my needle work is below par.... :)


1st Sep 2013, 22:17

"As for crochet, my needle work is below par.... http://images.ibsrv.net/ibsrv/res/src:www.pprune.org/get/images/smilies/smile.gif"

Come over to Aus and joined the CWA (Country Womans Association),
they'll knock you into shape !!! :O

1st Sep 2013, 22:19
I will be 70 in January and still ride - I have 2 Yamaha R1 superbikes - one built from crashed remains as a hobby project.Also have a 2005 streetfightered Kawasaki z1000.Going fast on a bike is still a tremendous adrenaline rush -as I have said on another thread it is akin to low flying - has the same result if you get it wrong.I am fortunate in that my primary home is Scotland where there are some of the best biking roads in Europe.There are lonely roads in the north and the Highlands with little traffic and few cameras or police cars where you can go and play without fear of upsetting anyone.The main problems is the unpredictable behavior of the sheep and deer - no fences or walls. A friend had an encounter with a sheep about 6 weeks ago - bike badly damaged but he stayed on - sheep in 2 pieces. My nieghbours think I am a bit odd to say the least,I think they have lost the concept of fun.

1st Sep 2013, 22:49
I will be 70 in January and still ride

Sir with respect, with men like you out there with smiles on your faces at speed a mere whippersnapper like me sounds like a poltroon... :ok:


2nd Sep 2013, 01:25
Its not a smile - its a bloody big grin!With a full face helmet and dark visor nobody suspects you are just an old fart.18 months ago got stopped for speeding (91mph,3points and 60) It was worth it to see the look on his face when I took off my helmet!

2nd Sep 2013, 02:07
Sheep are deffo the worst!!!, I remember one ride back from The Lakes, blasting over a rise, in the wet, unfenced "C" road at the best, flock of sheep scattering in all directions, sheep shit all over the road...... missed every one of them! They were marked with blue paint, or dye. :ooh::ooh::ooh:
Another ride coming back from the Blackpool M/C show, blasting, line astern, 3 of us coming down this little valley following the drystone walls and the "cues" of the telephone lines... unfortunately the "kink" left/right went up a gravel farm road and a 5-barred gate !!!!!, whereas the road went left/left....
Of such are grey hairs made !!
However, surviving that has made me a fast, safe rider. I love it.

Solid Rust Twotter
2nd Sep 2013, 05:23
Nice cup of tea and a sit down with a good book'll do me.

2nd Sep 2013, 09:21
Riding a motor bike - as a commuter, not a thrill seeker, and teaching people to fly microlights ( LSA's in the modern vernacular, not rag and tubes )

House and garden take up the rest of the time, retirement ? I wish I had a job, at least I'd get one day off a week.

79 next week, should I worry ?

John Eacott
2nd Sep 2013, 09:34
16 of us went out on the first ride of spring today: bliss!

My current low level ride is a K16, and my two clubs (Ulysses and BMW Motorcycle Club of Victoria) both have many septuagenarians and quite a few octogenarians. My aim is to be still riding (and hopefully flying) by the time I make 90. Which keeps getting closer :rolleyes:

One of our lady Ulyssesians was pulled over a few years ago at a loss-of-licence speed by Mr Plod. He had to let her go when she took off the helmet and produced her licence and showed her age as being north of 80; obviously not willing to see it make the magie's court ;)

2nd Sep 2013, 09:48

Re "My aim is to be still riding (and hopefully flying) by the time I make 90."

In the Daily Mail or the Mirror, story re a 90 year old acrobatic pilot
is giving up his acrobatic license and selling his plane which he built
himself. He says he still wants to fly once a week. He fought in WWII,
he did 60+ missions !!!

2nd Sep 2013, 10:25
Its not the Sheep that's the problem around my way..........
Its the masses of Stupid, and I mean real Stupid Wood Pidgeons. Every ride I have on the trusty F650 I have Airprox with these Rats with wings.:yuk:

2nd Sep 2013, 10:39
Blink - We have the same problem in Scotland,the buggers are everywhere.Have had one bounce off my helmet at about 90mph - it gets your attention to say the least.Another butt clencher is diesel spillage on roundabouts.A major offender in my area was a fire engine which spewed diesel every time it went round a roundabout - the town is nicknamed 'city of roundabouts' so you can imagine the havoc it created. Only got stopped when eldest son went to firestation and read the riot act reminding them of the legal situation.

2nd Sep 2013, 10:49
You would think that Diesel being so expensive then people would not just let it get chucked away and all over the road !

30 years riding........... Numerous bunnies and several birdstrikes with a couple of very close encounters with Deer which the population has soared......a couple of weeks ago a rider died just up road from me after a deer collision. Motorcyclist dies after colliding with deer and tree in North Chailey - Local - Sussex Express (http://m.sussexexpress.co.uk/news/local/motorcyclist-dies-after-colliding-with-deer-and-tree-in-north-chailey-1-5382580)

John Eacott
2nd Sep 2013, 11:34
500N, Dad turned 91 last week and was a Beaufighter driver: it's in the genes ;) I like to hope that as one of my instructors for PPL was a First World War Camel pilot, there's a chance I can pass that aviation link along somewhere :cool:

Blink182, I'll take Bambi over Red the roo but out of preference I'd avoid either. My BMW club have run a midnight midwinter Icicle Ride for 33 years and this year would be one of the very few where roo vs bike hasn't taken out one or more entrants :eek:

2nd Sep 2013, 15:51

Good on ya :ok:

I try avoiding driving at night in a car, let along on a bike !

Some great rides in Victoria, Healesville to Eildon is a great one
as you would well know.

2nd Sep 2013, 23:42
My retirement /late middle age balance to an over-sheltered youth is a Suzuki VStrom 650 which unfortunately gets used far too little.

I have to ride about 20 km to get into hilly country where it can really be played with on sweeping corners etc. These days I don't fiddle with maximum performance experiments - although taking it to 8 or 9k rpm in the middle gears is something of a thrill.

My one real worry is the possibility of a curious kangaroo coming out to say G'day. There are a few of them around these days.

2nd Sep 2013, 23:50
I would love to take a bigger bike over the Mad Max roads near my house
- Little River area.

Although a few more cars than when it was filmed, it is still pretty quiet
all over and some lovely sweeping bends, small hills and nice countryside.

The road to Buxton is nice as well but a bit more crowded now.

3rd Sep 2013, 12:42
Buxton does look very enticing. We drove that area many years ago - very pleasant. It's a bit far away for me these days however.

I'll have to be content with the Clare Valley. :)

3rd Sep 2013, 15:04
The handle may give it away.. Blade as in Fireblade. Been riding since my legs were long enough to touch the ground from the seat of a Yamaha Fizzy!

You can't beat the Republic of Ireland for road racing with an event taking place nearly every weekend during the season.

If you want to see some of the best road racing taking place on closed public roads check out the Skerries 100 and the Killalane Road Races which are organised by the Loughshinny Motorcycle Supporters Club.

The big Boyz can hit the speed traps at 200mph+ on roads that normally have family cars travelling on them at a leisurely 40mph. Heart in the mouth stuff as you watch these guys hurtle past you at break neck speed close enough to touch them!

Google Skerries 100, you'll be impressed and make a note in your diary for 2014 to visit North County Dublin as a spectator at one of the most exciting events you'll ever experience.

Is it a hobby? Na' it's a way of life..

Blade :ok:

3rd Sep 2013, 15:35
I don't ride motorcycles. Never did and never will. It's just something that never appealed to me.

Hobbies? I love reading. The more the merrier! Lately I've found a new-refound love of American history. And especially biographies of our founding fathers.

I also play guitar. I have two Fender Stratocasters and one classic guitar.

I also enjoy tinkering with Linux on any one of my computers. Granted, I work all damn day with computers but I'm not able to "tinker" with them at work like I do, sometimes, at home.

3rd Sep 2013, 15:57
There's an expression about motorcycling that's often used in connection with other adrenalin-rich activities: "If you have to ask, you wouldn't understand.."
Think this is oh-so-true when talking about bikes and riding..
You either rode them when young (and were marked for life) or you didn't (and don't have a clue what all the fuss is about).
A bike turns a journey into a ride.. there's something about riding one that's akin to the buzz of low level flying.. How many times do you take the car out just for the sheer pleasure of driving? I'd suggest very seldom (if you have an everyday car).
However, a Sunday morning solo ride on country roads is one of life's little pleasures..
Try it while you still can..:ok:

3rd Sep 2013, 17:06
Cycling for me - not racing but strictly for pleasure and health - at least two hours a day. Curling up with a book. Making paper models, particularly birds (the feathered variety, that is) Attempting very simple online crosswords. Trying to make people happy by smiling, being pleasant and generally polite, which seems to work well here where the locals are awful, for example, at checkouts. Just to smile and see a dour checkout person's face light up makes my day (hence my non-de-plume).

3rd Sep 2013, 17:19
Sunnyjohn wrote:

Cycling for me - not racing but strictly for pleasure and health - at least two hours a day. Curling up with a book. Making paper models, particularly birds (the feathered variety, that is) Attempting very simple online crosswords. Trying to make people happy by smiling, being pleasant and generally polite, which seems to work well here where the locals are awful, for example, at checkouts. Just to smile and see a dour checkout person's face light up makes my day (hence my non-de-plume).

And ye, sir, shall be known as a gentleman. A rare trait these days. Anywhere.

Loose rivets
3rd Sep 2013, 17:52
I've put these on before, but what the heck. They're in the bucket.

All just memories now. Mate's got a Fireblade, and owns a motorcycle shop in Clacton, but I'm resisting all temptation. One thing, one has to be pretty strong to handle kit like this. I'm pretty sure I couldn't pick one up if I dropped it.

13, and spotted by my form master out one evening. Got me a lot of street cred in the class when he mentioned it.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v703/walnaze/Cars/bikes/DashboardHRobPaddyonMC.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/walnaze/media/Cars/bikes/DashboardHRobPaddyonMC.jpg.html)

6 AM on me birthday in 1955. First ever (legal) drive/ride out.

Haven't got a picture of me on it.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v703/walnaze/Cars/bikes/DashboardDavidJeniferAddams.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/walnaze/media/Cars/bikes/DashboardDavidJeniferAddams.jpg.html)

Had to look cool in them days. How could that Sunbeam look so small?

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v703/walnaze/Cars/bikes/DashboardHRobonSunbeamS7.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/walnaze/media/Cars/bikes/DashboardHRobonSunbeamS7.jpg.html)

Gittin' ready for a run to Silverstone.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v703/walnaze/Cars/bikes/Blueinspecks.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/walnaze/media/Cars/bikes/Blueinspecks.jpg.html)

I picked this faring up in a local secondhand shop for eight quid. Sprayed it meself. Very, very comfy bike, that.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v703/walnaze/Cars/bikes/Suzukis.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/walnaze/media/Cars/bikes/Suzukis.jpg.html)

The worst machine Suzuki ever produced, and the only vehicle of any kind I ever purchased new.:ugh:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v703/walnaze/Cars/bikes/EFEohandRob.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/walnaze/media/Cars/bikes/EFEohandRob.jpg.html)

Heron Suzuki gave me this after loaning me an EFE for many months. Nothing would stop it vibrating. When I delivered this 750, it was so smooth I wished I'd never sold it. It had 80 miles on it as I reached Victoria station.

Looking back, I'm astonished how many people sent me cash in those days. I must have had an incredibly convincing voice.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v703/walnaze/Cars/bikes/HRobonGTX750R.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/walnaze/media/Cars/bikes/HRobonGTX750R.jpg.html)

Dad on his.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v703/walnaze/Cars/bikes/Dad5copy.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/walnaze/media/Cars/bikes/Dad5copy.jpg.html)

Well I'll be darned! I've never noticed the dog on the back of my uncle's bike before.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v703/walnaze/Cars/bikes/RalphonBike.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/walnaze/media/Cars/bikes/RalphonBike.jpg.html)

Huh! Just found this. Mum on one of the bikes. She used to colour photos by hand in those days.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v703/walnaze/Cars/bikes/WJMSonbikes.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/walnaze/media/Cars/bikes/WJMSonbikes.jpg.html)


3rd Sep 2013, 18:11
A mate from the local club hit a Roe dear a couple of years ago. It was jammed between the front wheel and fairing and stpped the front wheel from turning at 50mph with predicable results.
After he recovered and the bike was rebuilt he painted Bambi Buster on the side.

Besides flying my hobbies have included rallying, sailing, motorcycling, reading and family

3rd Sep 2013, 20:42
Whipping fishy waters into a froth with my fly rod, and photography.