Is it time to retire my Jersey?

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This weekend I collected the second serious injury this summer. A broken scaphoid in my left wrist on Memorial Day and on Labor Day, a broke shoulder and torn rotator cuff. I rode for 35 years before this without any injuries worse than bumped knees and scrapes. The only significant difference this year is a new WR400F.

I'm 44 now, should I retire to the golf course?
 
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No.

I wouldnt want to see a man with so much experience in riding give it up. I would say go to a smaller, and slower bike maybe stick to slower riding, and not out there wiping guys like me on the weekends. just my 2 cents.
 
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You should do what Malcolm Smiths said, "ride your age." I know it's hard to accept, but injuries are worse and heal slower when you get long in the tooth. Sad but true. If you want to keep riding, ya gotta ride smarter and humble yourself when it's hard to be humble.

Sorry.:)
 

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My dad is 45 and he still rides even with really bad shoulders and knees and other joints. He just bought a xr 250 a year ago and he says its the perfect bike for him. He just takes it fairly easy these days. Stick with it:)
 
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Leave it to an Okie to express the logic.... :)
MX547 hit it.

But hey, ride at a level that gives you the rush you need :) ... not the rush you needed 20 years ago. You'd be surprised, you'll still spank a bunch of the young ones :)
 

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I think Malcom Smith too rode for nearly 40 years before he broke anything.

Get well soon, dad!
 

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You should do what Malcolm Smiths said, "ride your age." I know it's hard to accept, but injuries are worse and heal slower when you get long in the tooth. Sad but true. If you want to keep riding, ya gotta ride smarter and humble yourself when it's hard to be humble
Words of wisdom from Vintage Dirt. You don't need to give it up, just adjust your speed and riding style to fit the age. It is something most of us over 40 guys have had to do. Good luck. :)
 

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Keep riding!

These guys are right. You don’t have to ride on the edge to be having fun. Remember, youth has nothing over age and treachery :p
 

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Don't stop riding, just stop crashing. :)

I know how you feel (sort of). The worst injuries I've had on a dirt bike have come in the last few years. Torn ligaments in my thumb and strained (stretched?:think) ligaments in my shoulder. I'm almost 41 and have been riding since I was nine (with a 15 year hiatus:) ) and have not yet broken a bone riding, but I'm not completely comfortable talking about it:eek: .
I agree with taking it down a couple notches, but I must admit that if I were in yor boots, I would probably also be thinking about giving it up. The problem is, in a few years, when you're all healed, you'll be back. Then, you'll have to start all over again.:cool:
 
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Your WAY too young to give it up:)

Last year I was being pushed down the trail by a rider on a KDX, I blew a corner and he passed. We took turns leading all the way back to the staging area where I found out that he was in his mid 60's :scream:

Here I thought I was getting too old at 38, but with any luck, I'll still be enjoying this sport for many years to come. Sure I have slowed some but I enjoy riding too much to hang it up completly.

I just live vicariously through my son:p
 

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Originally posted by VintageDirt
You should do what Malcolm Smith said, "ride your age."
Can I ride older than my age?:confused:

I've been slow my whole life, but I still seem to get injured. :think I'm pretty sure I don't ride over my head, so I usually blame it on the bike. ;) Maybe that's what I need to do to convince my little buttercup that I need a new one! :cool:
 

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Oh man..... You gotta stay on the bike..........

Do what you heart says.......
 

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Originally posted by dirtbikedad

I'm 44 now, should I retire to the golf course?
I've been riding since I was 13, I have never broke a bone but have manage to put body parts at some pretty wierd angles. I will be 48 next month and just treated myself to a 520 mxc,so I have not slowed down that much, just ride alittle smarted.

So don't retire anything just ride smarter, you'll have more fun and I bet you'll still be faster than half the field, which is not to bad for an old fart

BTW, we flip a golf cart last week and my partner broke his finger, next time I'm taking my Helmet.
 

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I have recently had these same thoughts, evil as they may be. I'm recoveing from shoulder surgery as a result from a less than perfect landing, errrr crash.:think

Having had back, a knee, and now shoulder surgery in the last three years I had to ask myself the same question. My answer, "Hell No!"

I am, however, basically done w8ith anything other than the ultra slow vintage "competition" ride. Put an orange triangle on my back and call me slow moving traffic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :confused: