Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Tunbridge Wells, Kent, UK
Mid life crisis ?
There are some things in life that it is hard to own up to – drugs, sex, theft, lies .. yes these are tough (not that I am owning up to any of them!). However, if I were to say that my return to biking at the age of 50 (2 years ago) had become almost obsessive; I wonder if any of you would nod in agreement? When I say obsessive, I don’t mean biking all day long and talking nothing but bikes - at least I don’t think so. I mean, I find myself dreaming about bike rides as I go to sleep; I find myself planning imaginary trips and imagining the ride. I spend most evening reading out bikes and on these forums...
I suspect it’s all a bit of a “mid life” crisis, but the truth is that I never anticipated the impact that a return to biking would have. I recall my fabulous Suzuki GS 750; and whilst I loved that bike, I readily sold it when I needed a car. But now, I have taken and passed my Institute of Advanced Motorcyclists “Green Badge” and am a much better rider today than I ever was in my 20s; but why is it that my love of motorcycling has gone through the roof; and my love of FAST bikes is way over the top? I’m not suggesting that I break speed limits (I adhere strictly to 30s, 40s and 50s; but above that, I tend to ride for the conditions!) but I get a real kick from winding it on, on the 130 bhp+ bikes.
Perhaps it’s just me … perhaps I'll grow out of it; but clearly not yet as a graphite K1200GT SE has stolen my heart !
John I. Stephen - Tunbridge Wells, Kent, UK
K1300 GT (quite superb ! )
Triumph Tiger 1050 (2008)
K1200 GT (2003)
Suzuki GS 750 (late 1970s)