Ageing and Riding a Motorcycle
recently took a Motorcycle Safety Foundation
Experienced Rider Course (ERC). In the
past I have not only taken an ERC, I have instructed the course. I have been riding motorcycles for almost
five decades and have over twenty-one years riding as a motor cop. I have over one million, three hundred
thousand miles on motorcycles. This
was an eye opener for me. It showed
what my age can do to impact my riding skills.
I will be seventy-one
years old in July and my age is catching up with
me. The question I have to ask myself
“what am I going to do to continue riding my gold Wing and be safe”. I am not ready to give up riding my Gold Wing.
Riding a motorcycle is 90% mental. I
will continue to practice my riding skill
by going to an empty parking lot and practicing braking, swerving, turning my
head through turns and looking where I want to go. If I am not feeling 100%, I don’t ride my
Gold Wing that day.
I know my reaction time is not what is was when I
was younger, so I take that into consideration while riding. I have slowed down and don’t take the curves
as fast as I did in the past. I also
make more stops and that has made my riding more enjoyable.
Maintaining my Gold Wing is always been very
important in keeping me safe while riding.
Every time I go on a ride I perform the T-CLOCS inspection on the
Wing. An example how I maintain my Wing,
I replace the tires when the tread is down to 3/32. The wear bars on Dunlap tires are a 2/23 and
that is when it is recommended that the tires be replaced.
My grandfather stated to me a long time ago, “You
don’t get old and give up fun things, you get old by giving up the fun things”.
Keep the rubber side down and ride safe.
Dick Studdard, AZ-P Chapter Educator