Should I give up riding ?
How I have pondered this recently !!!
I retired last year ( 2012 ) after 45yrs at work and for the last 7yrs I was riding to and from work twice a day ( I worked split shifts ). Since retiring, I ride very little.
I have reached that stage in my life where I don't enjoy just going out for a ride without having some actual purpose to the ride. I still get a great deal of pleasure from looking at bikes, maintaining my two machines, and fixing them when neccessary. I had to fit a new fuel tank to my CN250 recently, which is quite an involved process as the tank is under the floor and neccessitated removal of much of the panelwork.
But just going out for a ride ? - No real fun anymore.
I suppose like many thinks when one is older, the fun is diminished because whatever it is you are doing has been done many, many times before.
I travelled over 1,200,000 miles in 30 yrs as a sales rep., and maybe another 250,000 miles in the yrs after I left that job before I retired.
My bike riding miles - pleasure only, not commuting - are impossible to calculate. I never kept a record, but figure some hundreds of thousands of miles in the 46 yrs since I passed my bike test in 1967.
I now find myself wondering if I should give it up due to the lack of satisfaction and the lack of an actual POINT to riding. I simply don't want to travel anywhere, by any means, as much as I used to want to do.
I sold my bikes last year and bought two scooters, just for a change of tempo - who needs an R1 or similar on British Roads ?
These crotch-rockets are a joke today - they were built for a different time, before the recession, the high price of fuel, the over-crowding on our roads, the destroyed road surfaces and general air of austerity we have in these austere times.
And are ALL bikes victims of changing times ?
Anything other than a low-powered commuter machine is possessed of power unusable on our crowded and ruined roads.
Bikes were everyday transport for everyman up to the late 50s/early 60s when cheap, small cars became available. People who rode bikes up till then weren't BIKERS - they just wanted CHEAP TRANSPORT.
Now, the over-crowded roads, super-fast cars, the gladiatorial attitude of many road users and general mayhem on the roads makes me wonder if the motor-bike has now reached the same position as the horse - an interesting anachronism as far as practical transport is concerned, but not very useful anymore.
Or maybe it's just that I am now 62 and can't be arsed anymore.