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jamie_abb
10-31-2010, 07:11 PM
Mid-life crisis. Can anybody guess how many 40 year olds were in my weekend course?



Try about half.

Ian Brantford
10-31-2010, 07:37 PM
Mid-life crisis. Can anybody guess how many 40 year olds were in my weekend course?
Try about half.

How many were freshly divorced? Alimony. Child support. Life insurance makes him worth more dead and alive. He realises that impressing women in their mid-twenties has a priority now. Suddenly, the acceptable risk level goes up. He can't afford a boat. <brushes hands together> Mystery solved!

maxpower220
10-31-2010, 08:21 PM
Curious time of the year to start riding.

Be careful out there. So far, no incidents on the street. You know, there are those who have and those who will.

you da man
10-31-2010, 11:06 PM
Here's me at 38yrs old hanging with the youngsters

http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u197/seeajgo/ST%20Stand/CMRA%20race%20pics/DSC_6133.jpg

http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u197/seeajgo/ST%20Stand/CMRA%20race%20pics/DSC_6787.jpg

http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u197/seeajgo/ST%20Stand/CMRA%20race%20pics/DSC_7517.jpg

sandm
10-31-2010, 11:26 PM
How many were freshly divorced? Alimony. Child support. Life insurance makes him worth more dead and alive. He realises that impressing women in their mid-twenties has a priority now. Suddenly, the acceptable risk level goes up. He can't afford a boat. <brushes hands together> Mystery solved!

Not quite sure what ur sayin.. I've been on a bike for 4 years now and love it.. and fwiw. 42, recently divorced, younger gf, and I both own a boat and ride a zx6r... :) no alimony and never had/won't be havin kids.....

sandm
10-31-2010, 11:27 PM
Mid-life crisis. Can anybody guess how many 40 year olds were in my weekend course?



Try about half.

Oh ya, forgot to ask.... whay u buyin to ride??

you da man
10-31-2010, 11:29 PM
I've been riding street bikes for about 10yrs now and competed at the amateur club level for 3yrs. Motorcycle riding is a good way to clear your mind if you have some good open, twisty coutry roads. I can't stand to ride in town...what's the point...you're just putting yourself in an environment to be in an accident from the cagers that don't pay attention.

Ian Brantford
11-01-2010, 03:05 AM
Not quite sure what ur sayin..

I mean that the bike is the first step in the mid-life crisis chain of acquisitions. The next step is either a boat or a Porsche.

I never waited for a mid-life crisis. I went straight for the boat! It can carry a lot more people, whether or not they consitute eye candy. I did have to consciously restrain myself a few times from getting into motorcycles. There is no denying the fun available at any age.

sandm
11-01-2010, 09:29 AM
never really thought of a bike as a mid-life crisis rig. Most of the people that I know that have bought bikes "later" in life either were now financially able to, kids were old enough that they didn't feel guilty taking a ride on a weekend afternoon, tired of putting gas in a thirsty rig, or thinking "green" and wanting better mpg, but I can see the finger being pointed quickly at mid-life-crisis by those that either don't want or can't have one :)

for me, as da man states, it's about taking a ride through the twisties carving some canyons and forgetting all about your daily life.. makes a good escape.

patrick232
11-01-2010, 10:41 AM
Had 2 bikes in my late 20's - early 30's with young kids. One scare on the freeway and the little one getting upset if I moved it from the garage to the side walk without a helment on. Made me sell it. But once they are in High School I will be getting a bike again. But this time not a sport bike.

New Guy
11-01-2010, 12:18 PM
Yup I hit my mid life crisis at 25:D I bought my bike in 2005 and the boat in 2010. I completely agree there is nothing like a twisty road to calm your nerves.

http://i368.photobucket.com/albums/oo121/2005r6rider/racing/321212197_dsc_0775.jpg

http://i368.photobucket.com/albums/oo121/2005r6rider/racing/321210998_dsc_0169.jpg

I also did this for a little while.

http://i368.photobucket.com/albums/oo121/2005r6rider/racing/QZ2J4024_B.jpg

Ian Brantford
11-01-2010, 12:43 PM
Mid-life crisis or not, these are some great photos that have been posted!

sandm
11-01-2010, 01:14 PM
ya, I'd love to do a track day. group here head to miller motorsports park in utah several times a year, just haven't had the time yet. love to have a pic like that of my ride :)

cab13367
11-01-2010, 03:46 PM
I mean that the bike is the first step in the mid-life crisis chain of acquisitions. The next step is either a boat or a Porsche.

LOL! I somewhat resemble this remark. About 13 years ago, after coming back from a lucrative overseas assignment, I bought a sport bike (CBR900RR) and a Porsche 911 (as well as an SUV and a house). I already had the boat, put it in storage for two years while on assignment, so at that point, I had all three. I was about 34 then. After a few years, the novelty of owing the motorcycle and the sports car wore off and I found that the reality of owning both did not live up to the idea of it. So I sold the motorcycle and the sports car but kept the boat. A few years later, I replaced the boat with my current Moomba. The boating experience is legit and I have not tired of it yet, nor do I think I ever will :)

Al

sandm
11-01-2010, 04:10 PM
cab, couldn't have said it any better on the car vs boat thing. had 2 evo's and sold them for the boat. the experience on the water is sooo much more enjoyable than owning a nice car..

although I won't ever give up the bike; the boat, in some form or another, will never leave either :)

Razzman
11-01-2010, 04:25 PM
Never had the mid-life bit. Rode motorcycles from eight years old until 51, well over thirty of them at last count. Finally had my fill of them and all the idiots on the road. I rode everything, including some a lot of you never even heard of i'm sure. :p

Also was heavy into hot rods and drag racing until around 28 or so, just grew out of that scene. Too many toys equals not enough time for everything you want to do, consequently you never really fully appreciate any of it imo.

Now it's all about the relaxing and the grandsons, watching them board and have fun on the water. ;)

maxpower220
11-01-2010, 05:50 PM
Here is an older pic at Buttonwillow. I don't have any recent actions shots at the track, have lots of video.

vfrdude
11-01-2010, 06:43 PM
This was taken at Thunderhill Raceway in Norcal May 2009 - Bike is a 1995 Honda VFR - I bought it new in 1995. I think it about 120K on it when I did this track day!

The wife surprised me in November of 2009 with an early XMAS present - a Blue 2009 Yamaha YZF-R1! I haven't done any track days on it yet, but should be able to get at least one in next year sometime.

Sold the VFR in December - that was a sad day. I just couldn't justify having two motorcycles.

So, I guess you could say my midlife crisis started at 37, and is still going strong at 52! :)

jamie_abb
11-01-2010, 08:25 PM
Awesome pictures guys.

My bother's new bike precipitated this event - he got a new Victory Vegas and offered his learner bike to me if I got my licence before the end of the year. Closed the cottage two weeks ago and finally got time to spend a weekend taking the course. We rode in flurrie on Sunday morning.

I had a RZ350 and rode a couple of friend's GSXR 750s when I was in my 20s. Getting a 1984 GPZ 550 for free and I'm going to ride that for a year until insurance mellows and my wife gets used to the idea. Then maybe a BMW sport cruiser or Harley ...who knows.

jamie_abb
11-25-2010, 09:20 PM
Proud Owner of 1999 BMW K1200RS

sandm
11-26-2010, 08:04 AM
congrats. that is a very nice ride...