I pretty much stopped riding dirt bikes and went to the street. So much easier to hop on the bike in the driveway and ride rather than load up and drive 40 miles to ride. I'll get back to the dirt soon.
Glad to see there is still some activity around here. I don't ride as much as I used to but when I do I really suck wind! Was out yesterday and was too sore to walk after only an hour on the bike. I keep telling myself that I just need to ride more but my body is falling apart. I won't stop though!!
I think the lack of participation parallels the decline in economic prosperity. Dirt biking is an expensive hobby. Because of lack of money I haven't had a dirt bike in 8 years. I just ride my 100cc street bike now.
I retired from motocross in '08. It was not intentional, it just worked out that way because of injuries, job loss, etc.
I have a street bike and a dual-sport bike. I ride somewhere between 13k and 26k miles per year. I'm currently at about 21k so far this year. I very much prefer dual-sport over strictly street. I still have my mx bike. It looks good setting over in the corner of the garage.
Ha. I havent been on here in a long time either! I have also been riding more street than dirt. I haven't been to a vintage race at all this season, for the first time in 16 years...all though it has more to do with my life situation than anything.
In the vintage world in the mid atlantic, there seems to be 2 trends...some clubs are allowing classes through the 90s.... afterall vintage is relative...everyone wants to ride what they rode when they were 16 and we are all getting older. And in the clubs who are not moving forward with the years, cross country has become bigger than mx.
Was just thinking about this site I joined in 1999 under a different name. Then Okie allowed me to change it. At least I think it was 99, maybe 2000? Yeah, life happens. Still have my Dirtrider.net swingarm stickers unmolested. They won't fit on the 74.5 GP I have, lol. At 58 I still get goosebumps about riding and the Midwest VMX scene is pretty hot right now. Anyone is the Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, or Michigan area should check out some of the races. Even people coming in from Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio, etc. Always was a great site here. Sad to see all the hacking on this page though...
I dragged the old CR250 out of the corner of the garage last weekend. It probably hadn't been started in two years. I dumped in a splash of fresh gas and it started on about the eighth kick. I rode around the neighborhood, did a couple wheelies, and put it back in hibernation.
First time I have logged in here in a long time. I was also caught up in the other social media sites. As of about 3 weeks ago though, I have removed myself from all of them. (I still have a dormant twitter just to test things for a website I manage.)
As for riding, nope, no more dirt for me. As many of you who were connected with me on Facebook know, I traded my old CRF450 for a vintage flat track bike a few years back and restored it. Then I promptly sold it for a wad of cash to finance a new camera and a couple other toys.
Now I have a nice spot in the country with a couple of acres and may eventually get a TTR or something similar to play with in the backyard. Until then, just waiting for warm weather to get out the old sled to go play on the backroads. 1977 KZ650... first need to put a clutch in it.