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mark0554
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PostPosted: 15:04 - 21 Feb 2021    Post subject: 65yrs thinking of getting back on a bike am I nuts? Reply with quote

Hi looking for advice. I last rode a motorcycle 45 years ago when I was 20. I now live in very rural France and am thinking of getting back on. Nothing too powerful max 125cc. Advice from anyone welcome. I am looking at one of the Bullit 125 models as they are probably more suited to my age and not looking for speed. My wife says it's all Henry Cole's fault. Wink
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PostPosted: 15:10 - 21 Feb 2021    Post subject: Reply with quote

Go for it, a lot of the guys I ride with are retired and in their 60s.
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PostPosted: 16:47 - 21 Feb 2021    Post subject: Reply with quote

French made some cool 50cc motorbikes in the 60's and 70's. You occasionally see them on stalls at flea markets. A lot of them go like shit off a shovel.

If I lived in France, I'd have a shed full of silly small capacity bikes and autocycles.
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PostPosted: 17:55 - 21 Feb 2021    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: 18:36 - 21 Feb 2021    Post subject: Re: 65yrs thinking of getting back on a bike am I nuts? Reply with quote

mark0554 wrote:
Hi looking for advice. I last rode a motorcycle 45 years ago when I was 20. I now live in very rural France and am thinking of getting back on. Nothing too powerful max 125cc. Advice from anyone welcome. I am looking at one of the Bullit 125 models as they are probably more suited to my age and not looking for speed. My wife says it's all Henry Cole's fault. Wink


Do it Thumbs Up ..... I’ve had all sorts of bikes in my life, including a number of 125’s....there’s nowt wrong with 125cc bike Thumbs Up .
I’m working on one right now Smile .
You can always get something with more power/cc later if you really feel the need.
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PostPosted: 19:05 - 21 Feb 2021    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do it! You won't regret it. I'm a little older than you; 2 years ago bought a Yamaha YBR 125 for tooling around the rural roads in northern Morocco. The 125 is mighty for bombing around country lanes. You'll have the time of your life.

PS. Those Bullit bikes are stylish. Nice.
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PostPosted: 15:12 - 22 Feb 2021    Post subject: Re: 65yrs thinking of getting back on a bike am I nuts? Reply with quote

mark0554 wrote:
......am I nuts?:


Yes...

Well it had to be said....might as well be me Laughing
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PostPosted: 18:44 - 22 Feb 2021    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Shaggy D.A. wrote:
Go for it, a lot of the guys I ride with are retired and in their 60s.

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PostPosted: 19:12 - 23 Feb 2021    Post subject: Reply with quote

You'll appreciate a 125 bike with max allowable HP. Not for speed, but for getting up hills. Underpowered and revving the nuts off a bike to make progress becomes tedious. But do go for it, you know it makes sense.
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PostPosted: 20:05 - 23 Feb 2021    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you want to do it, do it
Some considerations

what part of France?
Nowt wrong with plodding about on a 125 but
if its near the Pyrenees or Massive Central and hilly
a 125 may be working its ass off just to plod about.
Your own weight and height is a factor in choosing a bike too.

If its pretty hilly where you live and you have a full licence from years back a bigger bike
might be worth considering.
They only go as fast as you tell them to and mistakes on a 125 can hurt just as much as
mistakes on a 500+

125s are lighter of course so easier to pick up when you drop them ( and you will, we all do at times)
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PostPosted: 20:48 - 23 Feb 2021    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do it, get a bike. Razz

My neihgbour started riding motorcycles at about your age. Nowadays, when the weather is alright, we do group rides every saturday at exactly 1:00pm. It's 3 to 4 people including him, and he's not a slow rider, he rides that Ninja of his and talks about bikes like he was a young lad. I hope I'll be as vital and enjoying life as he is, when I get 65+. Thumbs Up
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PostPosted: 16:02 - 24 Feb 2021    Post subject: Reply with quote

TBH, I only started last year, and haven't touched a bike since I was a teenager.

It opens up a whole new life style, plus you get to go and see places you'd never see in a car.

I'm gonna love this year...

Just do your test shit stuff, it's really important, for both confidence, recap, and a whole lot of shit you've forgotten or didn't know.
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PostPosted: 17:23 - 24 Feb 2021    Post subject: Reply with quote

WD Forte wrote:
If you want to do it, do it
Some considerations

what part of France?
Nowt wrong with plodding about on a 125 but
if its near the Pyrenees or Massive Central and hilly
a 125 may be working its ass off just to plod about.
Your own weight and height is a factor in choosing a bike too.

If its pretty hilly where you live and you have a full licence from years back a bigger bike
might be worth considering.
They only go as fast as you tell them to and mistakes on a 125 can hurt just as much as
mistakes on a 500+

125s are lighter of course so easier to pick up when you drop them ( and you will, we all do at times)

Agree with this, a more middle weight bike will be far more relaxed and less tiring to ride further, even though 125 can be fun just from being small and needing to be thrashed.
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PostPosted: 02:28 - 25 Feb 2021    Post subject: Reply with quote

doggone wrote:
...Agree with this, a more middle weight bike will be far more relaxed and less tiring to ride further, even though 125 can be fun just from being small and needing to be thrashed.

...and needing to be thrashed! Couldn't agree more. Truth be told, a 250 probably makes a little more sense, if nothing more than for it's capabilities over 60mph. But it's great fun to wring out my YBR every single time I get on it. Never a complaint. No, it begs for more! Cool
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