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Time to pack it in.

Discussion in 'General Motorcycling Discussion' started by rc36, Nov 2, 2010.

  1. It's been one of the toughest, yet one of the easiest decsions that I've ever had to make, but I've decided to hang up the helmet. The morning after the accident I woke up and decided that I couldn't put my wonderful family and this tired old body through this pain again, so it was time to quit.

    Some will undoubtedly ply me with wise sayings like getting back on the horse that threw you, or point out to me examples of people who have ridden well into their old age.

    All of this is fair, but they don't apply to me.

    Fact is, I have enjoyed an exhilirating 37 years of riding and I can, and do, leave with no regrets (except for the amount of time that my hedonistic passion has kept me away from my wife and children). Yes, there's a couple of things on my bucket list that won't get done - ride Tasmania, ride around Australia, but I can live with that.

    I've commuted, scratched, tracked and toured. I've used the bike every opportunity that I could, and, yes, I've MADE opportunities as well. I've ridden in sun, rain, sleet, ice and every other condition as well.

    I count myself incredibly fortunate to have had the myriad of experiences I've had, and to still be alive after the ferocious event of a fortnight ago. I know some riders who have only been able to ride for a few years before they have had to pack it in.

    So, what do I have to complain about? Nothing.

    I cherish every memory and I am grateful beyond words for the wonderful friends and acquaintances that I have been able to make. The support and encouragement that I have received since the accident from my friends and mates and even people I have never met, has been overwhelming. It has proven what I have always said that motorcyclists are the best people on the planet. Harley or Honda, scooter or full-dress cruiser, you meet the nicest people on motorcycles.
  2. Sometimes you have to go with the hard choice. Good on you for making it.
  3. When I read your thread title I thought, oh, please don't do that, but I can absolutely fully understand why you made that decision. I hope you will continue to stay on Netrider though, and also wish you a speedy recovery so that one day very soon you will be out of hospital and out of pain.
  4. Ok since it's Melbourne Cup day, I'm backing 20/1 that you'll be back in the saddle 1 day, the bug that bites is just to big
  5. Good luck mate.
    You'll have to buy yourself an MG and a Trilby (Rex Harrison hat) now :wink:
  6. Good luck RC ! Best wishes to you !
  7. A hard but a great choice, family should always be first.
  8. Wishing you well, take care where ever your adventures take you.
  9. Sorry to hear, but very understandable. Wishing you a good recovery and all the very best in whatever you do for the future.
  10. 'bout time.

    ...to start racing buckets or PCRA.
  11. All the best, its a tough one to make.
  12. It's a sad day but an understandable decision.

    All the best for the next step
  13. Open top classic sports car for you now best of luck
  14. I wish you all the best for a full recovery and your decision to hang up the helmet must not have not been easy but as you say, you have no regrets and you have obviously had some wonderful times on the bike. I'm sure you'll replace riding with another vice and be just as passionate about it.
    Good luck with everything in the future.
  15. Completely understandable.
  16. If you have only been riding for 37 years then you are still a boy. I'm probably a little older than you. The thought however has crossed my mind recently to give away the bikes. Not because of the danger or being scared etc. purely just the sheer scale & scope of road regulation that has taken place over the years. These days there is no end of police in marked & unmarked cars, static speed cameras, mobile speed cameras, red light cameras, safety cameras, aircraft speed monitoring etc. Interestingly, it was only today that I read an article that has come to light about the NSW Government paying it's contractors (Yes Contractors) a performance bonus for booking more cars than they were budgeted to book. I will shortly be taking a sabatical from riding due to an accumulation of points, but will use this period to contemplate the future of riding. As a last ride, I came down the old Pacific Hwy last Saturday afternoon obeying all relevant speed signs to the letter. By my guess, there would have been no more than 10% of the bikes on the old road that there used to be only a few years ago. Bikers are not going out & prepared to risk it. We need to remember that this used to have a speed limit of substantially greater than 60 kph not so long ago. At 60 K's, the riding is just boring & overly protective. I don't want to complain about being booked for breaking the law in the past, but it is the attitude of the police that have booked me that really cheeses me off. They have been rude, arrogant with no level of compassion whatsoever. RC36 good luck in your retirement.:-({|=
  17. To pinch a line from Dirty Harry, "a man's gotta know his limitations" and we can do no more than respect you for recognising when you've reached yours and for making the choice not to continue rather than having the fates make it for you.
  18. I don't, and can't, understand your decision to give up riding.

    However, if you feel it is the right thing for you to do at this time, then it's the right thing for you to do.

    If your heart and soul really aren't in it, then you are likely to do yourself more harm than good by continuing to ride.
  19. Hi, I'm rc36 and I'm a motorcyclist.
    Respect and understand your motives ..can see you now, nodding to everybody as you drive past in your car.
  20. (Shouldnt joke about that nobby :p I do it sometimes when im in the cage too haha.)

    Good for you on making a tough decision on something that has been such a huge part of your life for so long.
    I reckon you will regret it for a while, especially once things stop hurting so much.
    Heres hoping you will find something equally fulfilling and less crunchy to focus on.

    All the best for your recovery, and for you and the family.