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Old 11-02-2017, 03:24 PM   #1
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Default How does a motorcyclist just STOP motorcycling?

So, Iíve only been riding for ~12 years, but Iíve seen a number of people I know just stop riding motorcycles, completely.

I myself understand how motorcycling can change and evolve for someone over time. Personally for me, my interests have shifted and changed over the years; from(and sometimes back and forth between) fast street riding, to trackdays, to road racing, to trail riding, to ice riding, to flat track, to supermoto, and even to commuting/leisurely street riding.

The thing I canít quite wrap my head around, and maybe someday itíll hit me, is how people just STOP riding motorcycles completely.

If you stopped riding, either temporarily or for good, why? I know some common answers may revolve around money or kids, but there are plenty of people who arenít rich and/or have kids who still find a path to enjoy motorcycles. Iím curious to hear, in depth, why people got out of(and maybe back into?) riding.


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Old 11-02-2017, 03:42 PM   #2
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So, i'm not there, but I can sort of see how it happens. I suppose it depends greatly on a persons personality. I am very much of the "Try everything, scratch the itch till its gone" mind set.

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I rode street for a year or 2, mostly commuting every day and a few group rides, it was great, but now I've been there and done that.

I did fast paced weekend rides early in the mornings, started to get way too concerned about tickets and safety for them to be fun anymore, so I no longer feel the draw to do that.

I did track days for 2 years, moved quickly up to the fast group, got a little tired of riding with the same 3 guys and having certain (obviously important) restrictions, so I moved to racing.

Racing has held my attention longest. Tons of new challenges to conquer. Passing, various lines, overall lap times, strategy, points, championships etc etc. I won my championship, I hit my goal lap time, I made it to expert. I now see a major plateau and MAJOR requirements both financially and time-wise to advance any further, and I am not mentally prepared to commit to that.

I got back in to dirt/ trails. The possibilities there seem endless, which is making me very happy, because the likelihood of the itch fading is slim. Even if you ride the same trails every 2 weeks, the weather and other riders cause constant changes. It is also a whole new skill-set that i'm basically starting at zero with, so I see lots of ability to spend time here and grow.

For me, motorcycles fill an activity void. They provide a brief escape, a rush of adrenaline, an opportunity to learn new skills. In time, as I become comfortable/happy with the skills I've developed, and don't see an opportunity to grow those skills at a sustained rate, as perceived improvements taper down, or even off completely, the itch disappears.

I don't expect to ever be bikeless, but i will certainly be hoping around between disciplines. Maybe one day i'll get back to the beginning of the circle again and start it over.
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Old 11-02-2017, 03:46 PM   #3
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Honestly, the camaraderie and friendships alone make motorcycling of any kind worth it. So as long as that's a thing, I'll own a motorcycle.
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Old 11-02-2017, 03:49 PM   #4
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Honestly, the camaraderie and friendships alone make motorcycling of any kind worth it. So as long as that's a thing, I'll own a motorcycle.
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Old 11-02-2017, 04:33 PM   #5
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Honestly, the camaraderie and friendships alone make motorcycling of any kind worth it. So as long as that's a thing, I'll own a motorcycle.
That and all the females constantly swooning.
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Old 11-02-2017, 04:46 PM   #6
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Before I opened the thread, I had mild concern that this was about to be the end-all-be-all of breaking my balls.
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Old 11-02-2017, 04:56 PM   #7
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So, Iíve only been riding for ~12 years, but Iíve seen a number of people I know just stop riding motorcycles, completely.

I myself understand how motorcycling can change and evolve for someone over time. Personally for me, my interests have shifted and changed over the years; from(and sometimes back and forth between) fast street riding, to trackdays, to road racing, to trail riding, to ice riding, to flat track, to supermoto, and even to commuting/leisurely street riding.

The thing I canít quite wrap my head around, and maybe someday itíll hit me, is how people just STOP riding motorcycles completely.

If you stopped riding, either temporarily or for good, why? I know some common answers may revolve around money or kids, but there are plenty of people who arenít rich and/or have kids who still find a path to enjoy motorcycles. Iím curious to hear, in depth, why people got out of(and maybe back into?) riding.


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Old 11-02-2017, 05:18 PM   #8
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Personally the only way i an ever understand it is if the person gets injured to a point they can't ride. My father has been a lifelong biker/motorcyclist. He had me on his lap at 6 months old going up and down my grandparents driveway.

People blame having kids, I call BS. They claim traffic and bad drivers. I still call BS. Fact is all the risks can be mitigated by being an attentive and defensive rider. Slowing down, paying attention even when you have the right of way, these things sound like a bother but they are the same things that we should be doing all the time. Hell, you should be doing them on the race track! (maybe not the overly defensive part, but you get the idea)

There will always be bad drivers You are at risk in your car or on your bike. Pay attention and don't be a squid that doesn't wear the gear.

Just my $0.02
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Old 11-02-2017, 06:06 PM   #9
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For me, motorcycles fill an activity void. They provide a brief escape, a rush of adrenaline, an opportunity to learn new skills. In time, as I become comfortable/happy with the skills I've developed, and don't see an opportunity to grow those skills at a sustained rate, as perceived improvements taper down, or even off completely, the itch disappears.
I hope to get around to typing up a more thorough response to this, but Kyle comes close to capturing how I feel about this. Riding a motorcycle was always something I wanted to do, ever since I was a little kid. When I finally had the money to get a bike, I did, and it was how I spent the majority of my free time for 8 or so years. But life circumstances changed for me.

I moved out of an area where motorcycling was convenient or realistic on a regular basis. It became a chore to get out and find nice roads when I was buried in a city. I didn't stop loving motorcycles, but I found other hobbies that I could throw myself into. Ones that were way better suited for my environment at the time. I played more guitar, I took up photography a bit, and I started cooking and making cocktails. I also found other activities that were in ways more rewarding but more expensive...like international travel...that put some things into perspective. On the surface, these things have nothing in common with riding motorcycles. But they were new ways to challenge myself. If an activity offers some opportunity for growth - creatively, mentally, physically, etc. - I'm open to it. As long as I'm able to scratch that personal growth "itch," I'm fine. It doesn't have to be motorcycles...but there has to be something.

That said, as others have mentioned, motorcycles bring with them a camaraderie that that many other hobbies don't offer. And generally speaking, motorcycles are a cheap way to travel and offer an adrenaline rush like no other. I'll have another one soon enough. But it's no mystery to me how people can get out of riding...they're just devoting their energies elsewhere.
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Old 11-02-2017, 06:14 PM   #10
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It’s the women that make someone stop riding , While I have a 19 yr Old in college I have never gotten married. Was completely single for the past 12 yr with the exception of the past yr and a half . While I was dating the first thing I asked any women was “ DO YOU LIKE MOTORCYCLES “ if they said no then I would immediately stop talking to them . It’s not just the actual riding but also the fact that is she doesn’t like bikes then there will be a shit ton of other personality traits that would make us not get along . Plus with a lot of women if they don’t like bikes then the bike becomes the other woman in their eyes ! ! I say WOMEN is the main reason that would make a guy just eventually quit riding......
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