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#784244 - 06/16/12 09:07 AM Farewell to biking
Ian Offline
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These last 11 years have been a wonderful experience for me. At 54 years I bought my new (and first) bike the R1100RTse I then joined this great online forum and it has been a pleasure participating especially in this oilhead group.

Sadly the onset of arthritis has put a halt to my biking and today I sold my bike to a man whose father-in-law has four old BMW bikes. Thus I know it will be well looked after.



I am grateful for all the assistance given to me from the members here and wish you all safe and happy riding.

Ian
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#784245 - 06/16/12 09:14 AM Re: Farewell to biking [Re: Ian]
MT Wallet Offline
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I'm sorry to see you leave biking. But then again you don't have to leave this great site! Visit often and say hi.
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#784247 - 06/16/12 09:24 AM Re: Farewell to biking [Re: Ian]
oldyam Offline
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Hi Ian

Sorry to hear youre leaving biking ........ enjoy whatever you decide to move on to.

Its a good feeling to know your ride is going to be treated well isnt it ;-)

Good Luck
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#784251 - 06/16/12 09:45 AM Re: Farewell to biking [Re: Ian]
nrp Offline
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Registered: 12/22/04
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Ian - If nothing else, the pictures & now the stabilized HD videos of biking in many forums is darn near as satisfying as the real thing.

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#784253 - 06/16/12 09:59 AM Re: Farewell to biking [Re: Ian]
Kathy R Offline
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Oh Ian, I'm very sorry to know you have to endure that pain and that it's even taken riding from you. Hopefully, some way will be found to mitigate the pain. In any event, I hope you can stick around here. You are most welcome.
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#784265 - 06/16/12 11:06 AM Re: Farewell to biking [Re: Kathy R]
Ian Offline
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Registered: 07/19/00
Posts: 617
Loc: Scotland
Kathy and all,

I appreciate the replies and, what the heck, I will stick around.

Here is my R1100RT replacement (in addition to the Volvo)

A 2007 Mazda MX-5 in .....Metalic Grey of course!




I'm going to enjoy servicing it but can't figure out why it needs more than two cylinders smile

Ian


Edited by Ian (06/16/12 11:08 AM)
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#784270 - 06/16/12 11:36 AM Re: Farewell to biking [Re: Ian]
Kathy R Offline
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OH MAN, I don't feel sorry for you now!

grin

NICE wheels!
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#784286 - 06/16/12 01:32 PM Re: Farewell to biking [Re: Ian]
nrp Offline
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Loc: Minnetonka MN
Originally Posted By: Ian
Here is my R1100RT replacement (in addition to the Volvo)

A 2007 Mazda MX-5 in .....Metalic Grey of course!

Ian
We have a Mazda Miata for that time. At least you didn't fall for one of those 3 wheelers...... smile

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#784308 - 06/16/12 03:55 PM Re: Farewell to biking [Re: Ian]
outpost22 Offline
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Registered: 06/20/05
Posts: 1977
Loc: Eagle Point, Oregon
Originally Posted By: Ian
These last 11 years have been a wonderful experience for me. At 54 years I bought my new (and first) bike the R1100RTse I then joined this great online forum and it has been a pleasure participating especially in this oilhead group.

Sadly the onset of arthritis has put a halt to my biking and today I sold my bike to a man whose father-in-law has four old BMW bikes. Thus I know it will be well looked after.



I am grateful for all the assistance given to me from the members here and wish you all safe and happy riding.

Ian



Sad to hear about your condition. As one who has arthritis in both thumbs, I can certainly understand the issues.
It's one of the main reasons I don't tour long distances anymore.
Hope you enjoy the new toy. You can always get a small dual sport to plunk around on for short day trips if the urge returns.
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#784421 - 06/17/12 11:36 AM Re: Farewell to biking [Re: outpost22]
Ian Offline
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"So Long its been good to know you"



Ian


Edited by Ian (06/17/12 11:42 AM)
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#784427 - 06/17/12 12:15 PM Re: Farewell to biking [Re: Ian]
Ian Offline
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Loc: Scotland
I meant to add.....

Leilani Hermosa Petersen
The hardest part of any friendship
is when it is time to say goodbye,
and even though I wished I could make you stay,
I know I got to let you spread your wings and fly.

For life is a journey that needs to be travelled
and I am certain you'd make it through,
I just want you to know and never forget
that I will surely miss you.

Source: Goodbye My Dearest Friend, Goodbye Poem for Friends http://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/goodbye-my-dearest-friend#ixzz1y4VRhbON
www.FamilyFriendPoems.com

Ian
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#784515 - 06/17/12 08:49 PM Re: Farewell to biking [Re: Ian]
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Loc: Wilmington, NC
There are more Miatas on racetracks on weekends than any other car ever made!
Rollbar from Hard Dog will fit under the top and get you legal- you've already got the helmet you'll need for a driving school at your nearest track. Hit some websites to locate organizers and you're good to go- the stock Miata is a very fine handling device and faster than heavier more powerful stuff in the tight parts of a track. Best way to enjoy your new toy to the fullest with no risk..

From a former Mazda club - and lots of other stuff- instructor)

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#784627 - 06/18/12 11:26 AM Re: Farewell to biking [Re: Ian]
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Hi Ian,

As I roll on to three score years and twelve I recently lowered my RT's comfort seat to the middle position - my wife says she feels much more "stable" at toll road stops etc :>)

I hope the little MX5 gives you a lot of pleasure - I think its the best two seater around and I have always had a soft spot for them!

Glad you will be staying with us here...
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#784663 - 06/18/12 01:41 PM Re: Farewell to biking [Re: Clive Liddell]
Paul Mihalka Offline
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The Mazda Miata is the best motorcycle with a sidecar you can buy... grin
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Many years and 1 million (s)miles.

'05 R1200GS lotsa miles (sold)
'09 Yamaha Majesty - yes, a scooter

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#784689 - 06/18/12 03:59 PM Re: Farewell to biking [Re: Ian]
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Registered: 02/18/08
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Sad to see a picture of an RT leaving on a trailer, but the Miata looks like a pretty good replacement

I'm turning 66 next week, and have a progression of possible vehicles lined up in my mind, starting with a GS Low, then a Piaggio MP3, and finally either a used Miata, Honda S2000 or Porsche Boxster, or a Can-Am Spyder. None of us is going to live forever, but I hope to continue behaving badly as long as possible.
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#784695 - 06/18/12 04:16 PM Re: Farewell to biking [Re: Selden]
Paul Mihalka Offline
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Selden, I'm ahead of you, for 81 good reasons. Already went from RT to my lowered GS, and actively testing maxi-scooters.
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Age is a issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter... (Mark Twain)
Many years and 1 million (s)miles.

'05 R1200GS lotsa miles (sold)
'09 Yamaha Majesty - yes, a scooter

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#784698 - 06/18/12 04:38 PM Re: Farewell to biking [Re: Paul Mihalka]
Kathy R Offline
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Originally Posted By: Selden
....but I hope to continue behaving badly as long as possible.



Originally Posted By: Paul Mihalka
Selden, I'm ahead of you, for 81 good reasons. Already went from RT to my lowered GS, and actively testing maxi-scooters.


Taking notes, so I don't have to reinvent the wheel cool
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#784716 - 06/18/12 06:31 PM Re: Farewell to biking [Re: Kathy R]
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Registered: 12/26/08
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Loc: NC Minn.
Originally Posted By: Kathy R
Originally Posted By: Selden
....but I hope to continue behaving badly as long as possible.



Originally Posted By: Paul Mihalka
Selden, I'm ahead of you, for 81 good reasons. Already went from RT to my lowered GS, and actively testing maxi-scooters.


Taking notes, so I don't have to reinvent the wheel cool


Keep those notes in a format suitable for electronic publishing so us other "interested parties" that are nearing "the age" may request a copy. wink

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#784729 - 06/18/12 07:51 PM Re: Farewell to biking [Re: DaveinNCMn]
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Well, I already have the gps so I can find my way home.

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#784738 - 06/18/12 08:01 PM Re: Farewell to biking [Re: Quinn]
Paul Mihalka Offline
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Originally Posted By: Quinn
Well, I already have the gps so I can find my way home.

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May be I'll get a GPS when otherwise I can't find my way home grin
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Age is a issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter... (Mark Twain)
Many years and 1 million (s)miles.

'05 R1200GS lotsa miles (sold)
'09 Yamaha Majesty - yes, a scooter

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#785379 - 06/22/12 01:57 AM Re: Farewell to biking [Re: Paul Mihalka]
Der Kaiser Offline
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Ian, IMMEDIATELY drop everything your doing, and get your gal back !!, follow my motto we're not here for a long time, just a good time !! Seriously though, do stick around on the group ! best of luck to ya !!

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#785391 - 06/22/12 06:16 AM Re: Farewell to biking [Re: Ian]
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I wonder if I took my first step down a slippery slope last night: I contacted a Can-Am dealer for a demo ride on a Spyder.
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#786200 - 06/26/12 06:45 PM Re: Farewell to biking [Re: Ian]
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Loc: Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Must have been a very hard decision to make. I am 68 and luckily quite healthy, but even then the thought comes up of packing it in. So far I am still riding but quite a bit less. I ride a GTL right now and it's a heavy machine to handle when stationary. Riding it though is a blast. I was just in Quebec and have seen a lot of Can-am spyders there. Maybe that is an alternative one of these days.
Good luck with the Miata, and you can still wave to the bikes going by. All the Best.
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#786219 - 06/26/12 07:57 PM Re: Farewell to biking [Re: Ian]
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Ian, sorry about the RT.

Ian, congrats on the Miata thumbsup

Man, you know how to roll with the punches thumbsup

Talk about turning lemons into lemonaide!
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#786379 - 06/27/12 02:51 PM Re: Farewell to biking [Re: Ian]
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Loc: San Diego
69. Not even thinking about walking away from two wheels. Still thinking about the next bike (or two). Hoping for the best....

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#786410 - 06/27/12 05:22 PM Re: Farewell to biking [Re: loboheritage]
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Sixty-eight. Some of my riding buddies are five years older. Gotta keep up with them. laugh
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#786447 - 06/27/12 08:33 PM Re: Farewell to biking [Re: RichEdwards]
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Well, at 84 and counting I am still riding a R1200 RT-P and am looking at a R1100 RT as a winter project. Old is just a state of mind that you should not enter.

My summer project is to visit all 44 counties in Idaho. So far I have hit 34 and logged about 2400 miles in doing so..

Bob
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1937 Harley (in 1946)
1938 Harley (in 1953)
1950 Harley (in 1999)
1994 BMW R100RT (sold 2004)
1996 R1100RT (sold in 2011)
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#786456 - 06/27/12 08:54 PM Re: Farewell to biking [Re: bobmorris]
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OK, here I go again. Last year did about 28K miles on my R1200GS, longest trip Maryland/Utah and back. Turned 81 a few weeks ago. Bob, you beat me! thumbsup
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Age is a issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter... (Mark Twain)
Many years and 1 million (s)miles.

'05 R1200GS lotsa miles (sold)
'09 Yamaha Majesty - yes, a scooter

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#786627 - 06/28/12 06:54 PM Re: Farewell to biking [Re: Paul Mihalka]
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46 and grinning ear to ear thinking about all the riding I still get t do to try and catch up to all of you grin
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#787442 - 07/03/12 10:40 AM Re: Farewell to biking [Re: RichEdwards]
Deek Offline
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Originally Posted By: RichEdwards
Sixty-eight. Some of my riding buddies are five years older. Gotta keep up with them. laugh


Good to hear that....I'm 65 and wondering if there is much more future for me! Got a 1000 mile trip planned in Washington state next month with my wife's cousin....he'd 68. smile We've been doing something like that for the past 5-6 years.

I try to reassess my abilities, and I hope I can make the right decision when it's time to quit riding. Not a happy thought, but gotta try to be smart, right? cool
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2009 BMW R 1200 RT
2010 Triumph Bonneville
2006 BMW R 1200 RT
2007 Royal Star Venture
2007 V-Strom DL1000
2006 VTX 1300R

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#787445 - 07/03/12 10:46 AM Re: Farewell to biking [Re: Paul Mihalka]
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Originally Posted By: Paul Mihalka
OK, here I go again. Last year did about 28K miles on my R1200GS, longest trip Maryland/Utah and back. Turned 81 a few weeks ago. Bob, you beat me! thumbsup


Hats off to you sir. 81 and 28k last year! clap
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#787460 - 07/03/12 11:20 AM Re: Farewell to biking [Re: Ian]
Les is more Offline
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It's sad to watch that bike roll away, I know. The next phase looks like a bit of fun, though.

Here's to you and best luck with the arthritis!! Live well and visit often, Ian.
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#787507 - 07/03/12 03:35 PM Re: Farewell to biking [Re: Ian]
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Originally Posted By: Ian

Sadly the onset of arthritis has put a halt to my biking and today I sold my bike

Ian



My heartfelt regards. I had a case of temporary reactive arthritis in May that left me in a great deal of pain and unable to walk or sleep. Fortunately it is almost completely over, and I am back on the bike, looking forward to the 2000 mile trip to Sedalia. I had this about 5 years ago, and almost sold my bike then, but glad it did not sell.

Hope you are seeing the right doctor and getting the best regimen of drugs...



Edited by UberXY (07/03/12 03:36 PM)
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