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I told my sister today that I'm buying a Versys 1000 so I can spend the rest of my days enjoying the world from 2 wheels. She said, "you can't do that, you're a senior citizen." (I'm 64). How would you respond?
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I told my sister today that I'm buying a Versys 1000 so I can spend the rest of my days enjoying the world from 2 wheels. She said, "you can't do that, you're a senior citizen." (I'm 64). How would you respond?
By buying the bike.
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I am 66, been riding for 46 years, it was suggested that I get a Can Am Spyder, My comment was that as long as I can walk upright I will be riding, providing I am not endangering others and am able to ride, and it won't be a Spyder. The Versys 650 has all the power I need, I would suggest that if that is what you want, go for it.
My plan is to get a small enclosed trailer for two bikes and start doing some rides in the US, ---------enjoy life what is left of it, my only suggestion is see if there are people in your area that have bikes like you are after, see if you could test drive em. Here in Canada, you need to time it when the Kawasaki dealer rep is in the area, and it usually is in the spring and only 1 or 2 days to test ride.
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You are never too old. Now if you cannot sit down due to a surgeon messing your back up, that is a different story. Or if you can't see, that may be problem too. But age alone is not a good reason (and you are not that old.) I've seen members here in their 80's, if they are still with us :-)

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My father stopped riding at about age 79 or 80. He had been riding as long as I can remember, at least 45 years.
He has always had big bikes, his last one was a GoldWing. We discussed his reasons for quitting, he said he knew it was time when he almost dropped the bike because his legs felt weak, he said he was starting to have trouble seeing and his reactions were getting slower. He is retired now but he had been a professional driver (and the best driver I've ever met) all of his working life, he loves riding but he also trusts his judgement and his judgement told him he was no longer up to the task. It was a hard decision for him, he called me several times just to talk about it and ask my opinion. I hated to see him give it up because it was one of the few joys he had left, but I also respect his judgement, if he says he isn't up to the task I know there's no one more qualified to make that decision than him.
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I,m 69, been riding since I was 14, got off the big bikes and now ride a 2008 versys 650. I will quit riding on two wheels when I start tipping over for no reason, then will go with a trike. Ride when you can. BB
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If she's labeling you as incompetent to ride, based on age alone, then there's a problem with that logic. If you are physically or mentally not at capacity to ride, then maybe she has a point. You didn't share your current health and well being with us, so we can only assume that you have no health issues that would hamper your ability to ride.

Have you ridden bikes in the past, or do you own one now? Was your sister's sole response based on your age, or were there other factors that contributed (ie- health, dementia, vision, etc.)?

We really don't have a lot of info to go on. In general, age isn't all indicative of skill/ability. Anything specific why she commented that you can't?


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I told my sister today that I'm buying a Versys 1000 so I can spend the rest of my days enjoying the world from 2 wheels. She said, "you can't do that, you're a senior citizen." (I'm 64). How would you respond?
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I'm within a month of being 71 (been riding since 1963) and don't intend on quitting any time soon. I will confess that my year old artificial left hip has changed the game somewhat but I'm far from being feeble or dangerous to either myself or others. And riding is therapeutic.

The sentiment isn't original but you only get one chance to live so do what you really would like and enjoy while you can.
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How would you respond?
By buying whatever bike you please and enjoying it to the max. Your sister may be ready for the easy chair and the associated slow, steady deterioration but that doesn't mean you have to be.

Heck, I've been road bicycling for years with guys who are several years older than you. They can ride longer and faster than some of the 20-somethings who show up to our group rides. One in particular still cycles (now solo and slower) in his early 80's.

As long as I can stay physically capable I don't plan on listening to anyone who tries to tell me that I'm to old to ride, ski, scuba dive, or do any of the other dangerous stuff I like.
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One relative quit riding at 94 due to fatal 1 bike collision.
He went doing what he loved and thankfully took no one with him.
Have to wonder if it was a physical problem or if he missed his wife (6 months gone after 75 years).
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I am only 49, but years of arthritis are taking their toll. I downsized from baggers years ago, to mid sized bikes. I have to take a break every thirty minutes or so, shoulders and hips need to adjust. I do intend to ride until my body says no more. If you are capable, ride, age means nothing.
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Not enough information to go on. If this is your first foray into riding, (or many years since you rode) then I suggest you sign up for the MSF class and see how you do.

Riding safely and surviving require a lot of luck, or a lot of skill, and sometimes both.
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At 72, my riding has changed a bit. Vision, reaction time, balance, and coordination all begin to degrade with time. Experience off-sets the downside of aging a bit. But al long as you can ride within your limitations and safely, I'd go for it.
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If you are healthy enough, just ride.

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I am 70 and have been riding since I was 18.
I have recently switched over to a Versys 650 because it is easier for me to handle (lighter) than my last bike (Honda Valkyrie).
Age alone is not a good criteria for deciding if you will ride or not.
Have you ridden before? If so, and you feel like it, go for it!
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Excellent questions and very good advice

Rather than edit my previous post, I thought to leave it as is. There have been some really good thought out replies, that I can say I have learned from, even though I am not the person that asked the question, I have gained some insight from this forum. To all that have posted or plan on posting
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I am 70 and have been riding since I was 18.
I still have a full deck.
I just shuffle slower.

I just noticed this---------that gave me a good laugh ----and if I can retain that in my gigabyte brain cells, something I can counter with when it is suggested to hang up the keys!
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I told my sister today that I'm buying a Versys 1000 so I can spend the rest of my days enjoying the world from 2 wheels. She said, "you can't do that, you're a senior citizen." (I'm 64). How would you respond?
Hell - I've been a senior citizen for 12.6 years (72 now), and ridden OVER 150,000 MILES in that time on, variously, a Bandit 1200S, an SR500, a KLR and three Versys 650s.

As others have said - IF there are NO reasons not to - BUY IT!

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I'm within a month of being 71 (been riding since 1963) and don't intend on quitting any time soon. I will confess that my year old artificial left hip has changed the game somewhat but I'm far from being feeble or dangerous to either myself or others. And riding is therapeutic.

The sentiment isn't original but you only get one chance to live so do what you really would like and enjoy while you can.
I truly believe that riding motorcycles is "keeping me young"...!

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