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Old 1st Sep 2013, 21:42
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Motor Cycles... and hobbies and stuff

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?



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Old 1st Sep 2013, 21:54
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Are you asking what other hobbies we enjoy
or are any of us into Motorcycling ?
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Old 1st Sep 2013, 21:57
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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.
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Are you asking what other hobbies we enjoy
or are any of us into Motorcycling ?
Both....

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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.


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Old 1st Sep 2013, 22:03
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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 !!!

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Old 1st Sep 2013, 22:06
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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 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?
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Old 1st Sep 2013, 22:15
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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....

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Old 1st Sep 2013, 22:17
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"As for crochet, my needle work is below par.... "

Come over to Aus and joined the CWA (Country Womans Association),
they'll knock you into shape !!!
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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.
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Old 1st Sep 2013, 22:49
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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...

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Old 2nd Sep 2013, 01:25
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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!
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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.
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.
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Nice cup of tea and a sit down with a good book'll do me.
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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 ?
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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

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
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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 !!!
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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.
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Old 2nd Sep 2013, 10:39
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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.
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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
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