Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Birmingham, West Midlands, UK
Blimey most things are covered on the net,somethings being strictly taboo,this is certainley is one!!,how long a person has been riding after say 25 years,it's more to do with what they have done in that time,rather than time itself.
I've been riding 40 years,as soon the clock struck midnight i've ridden on UK roads,like most of my generation i know,didn't take long to work out that we were either gonna get killed or locked up,the decision was simple,did you go racing offroad,or on tarmac,for most of us is was 75/25 majority offroad,while i retained a road bike for summer holidays to southern Europe,most my year was taken up racing an enduro bike,and remained that way for 10 years,by the time i realised the mortgage still had to be paid and i didn't bounce so well,i went back to road riding,and satisfied my competitive instincts clay shooting but thats another story.
Apart from an annual sking holiday,don't ever remember any other kind of holiday apart from travelling Europe on a bike,have only ever done a couple of 1000 mile days,but no end of 700/800 milers,some in monsoon conditions,others in 40c heat,i'm pround of my CV,and over the years passed on info that has been earned the hard way to younger guys who i know personally,the problem being biking is changing from a way of life(all my friends ride bikes and their children,including a very well known racer) to fancy dress on a sunday,i was recently speaking to a guy in his 30's 2 bikes all the gear,he was telling me he's never ridden in the rain!!!!,and i still think of being tailgated at 120mph in a cloud burst on a German autobahn,and when slowing down to give me some room,the guy behind undertook me and pulled in front!!!!,a long time ago,but i haven't forgotten,all part of a CV,and that includes riding gear!!!.
I run 4 bikes,because the days of the great alrounder vanished when the CB750 did,and use what ever is needed dependent on were i'm riding.