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« on: September 20, 2012, 11:00:33 am »

My son is getting more into off road riding. Now the daughter wants a shot. With all the trails at our local ohv parks, and the awesome tracks they have, I'm thinking of grabbing myself a bike so I can ride too.

I haven't been on a dirt bike for more than a rip around the yard in 15 years. Am I nuts and suicidal? Or can I have some fun with this amd minimal injury?


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« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2012, 11:05:53 am »

I'm 46, and still ride in the woods. A couple of the guys I have ridden with in the past were in their 70's. just remember you are not as "springy" as you once were. I think it is a great way to stay in shape and sharpen your skills for on the street. Enjoy!
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« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2012, 11:06:53 am »

Never too old to go trail riding, but as a 50-something, the focus on big air on MX tracks scares me (old guys don't bounce well).
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« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2012, 12:09:50 pm »

Go for it. You'll be glad you did.  Thumbsup



Never too old to go trail riding, but as a 50-something, the focus on big air on MX tracks scares me (old guys don't bounce well).


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« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2012, 04:47:53 pm »

The lack of springy tissue combined with my lack of ability to ride like I'm in my 30's and not 16 is part of my fear.

The other part is, I never really got into dirt heavy. I went street early and quick, and never looked back. So, not much experience in dirt.


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« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2012, 06:37:14 pm »


The lack of springy tissue combined with my lack of ability to ride like I'm in my 30's and not 16 is part of my fear.

The other part is, I never really got into dirt heavy. I went street early and quick, and never looked back. So, not much experience in dirt.


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Buy REALLY good gear and have some fun.  I don't do MX and shy from off-road sections which could easily lead to a LONG distance fall (as was mentioned, us old guys don't bounce well). But I'll charge anything else.

It's fun to go end over end a couple of times, then jump up and yell "Hell yeah let's do that again!" Smile  (Please refer to my first comment - Buy REALLY good gear...)
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« Reply #6 on: September 20, 2012, 08:23:52 pm »

Good gear is a must for me anyhow. Street or otherwise. Gotta protect the crap that wont heal right!  Bigok

The other million dollar question is, what is a good bike for a guy who's 250lbs and "not a kid".

When I was younger, the 250's were considered the beasts/ Now I'm seeing 450's and bigger. I know how street bikes translate, how about dirt?
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« Reply #7 on: September 20, 2012, 08:34:04 pm »

I am 47 and I love riding in the dirt. Mostly singletrack & two track, but tons of fun. Go for it!
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« Reply #8 on: September 20, 2012, 08:45:22 pm »

IM-not so-HO dirt riding is more fun than street. Do it  Thumbsup
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« Reply #9 on: September 21, 2012, 02:04:25 pm »

i raced motocross all the way up to 49 when age, injuries, and job loss combined to force me into retirement.

thirties is not old, i didn't start racing until i was 27. i have twenty-two years of wonderful riding and racing memories, most of it with my kids. i say go for it.

a 250 is plenty.
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« Reply #10 on: September 21, 2012, 02:07:24 pm »

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« Reply #11 on: September 25, 2012, 11:04:54 am »

You don't necessarily have to go full on MX ya know.  You could get a nice street worthy dirt machine.  I'm 43 and just picked up an XT 250.  It's an absolute blast and is moderately capable off road.  Not the bike for you at your size but something you could truly dual purpose might not suck.  KTM has a full line to consider and there are plenty of others as well.  Just saw an 09 XR650 on CL for like 4 grand.  Smile

The good news is you're old enough to be smart enough to know your limits...in theory.
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« Reply #12 on: September 25, 2012, 11:30:49 am »


You don't necessarily have to go full on MX ya know.  You could get a nice street worthy dirt machine.  I'm 43 and just picked up an XT 250.  It's an absolute blast and is moderately capable off road.  Not the bike for you at your size but something you could truly dual purpose might not suck.  KTM has a full line to consider and there are plenty of others as well.  Just saw an 09 XR650 on CL for like 4 grand.  Smile

The good news is you're old enough to be smart enough to know your limits...in theory.


 Lol Troof. Some of the shit I used to do in my teens and early 20's on the dirt will be tried again  
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« Reply #13 on: September 27, 2012, 12:44:30 pm »

What are limits??

I'm looking at an xr650 tomorrow night. The price seems really decent. Problem with another street worthy machine is I'll be paying registration and insurance on something that'll rarely get street ridden.


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« Reply #14 on: September 27, 2012, 01:17:57 pm »


What are limits??
I'm looking at an xr650 tomorrow night. The price seems really decent. Problem with another street worthy machine is I'll be paying registration and insurance on something that'll rarely get street ridden.


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« Reply #15 on: September 27, 2012, 01:48:02 pm »


What are limits??

I'm looking at an xr650 tomorrow night. The price seems really decent. Problem with another street worthy machine is I'll be paying registration and insurance on something that'll rarely get street ridden.


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 I would try a newer 450 before I bought a 650, you know just in case Wink
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« Reply #16 on: September 27, 2012, 03:03:30 pm »

43, strong like bull here.

My legs burn the following day.  You will know if you're "Too old" after you crash. Wink Bigsmile  
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« Reply #17 on: September 27, 2012, 11:20:15 pm »


43, strong like bull here.

My legs burn the following day.  You will know if you're "Too old" after you crash. Wink Bigsmile  


you are aware that a KLR is not a "dirt bike" right?? Bigsmile
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you are aware that a KLR is not a "dirt bike" right?? Bigsmile


Perhaps that's the problem. Smile
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« Reply #19 on: October 09, 2012, 09:07:32 am »


   YES... on the off road riding and DS idea. NO.... on the MX. Your kids can ride with you even after they have grown up and get their own DS bikes. This is a great way to stay in contact with them wherever they go. There are always at least dirt roads somewhere.

   Right now they have a lot more energy than you do and heal more quickly and completely. Later all those MX injuries come back to haunt you. Nothing says that as a fat(sorry) guy and probably not in shape that you have to do MX with them. But you can guide them to do non-competitive trail/DS riding that will lead to a lifetime of motorcycle enjoyment. MX is also highly expensive to participate in.

 Don't ask me how I know this..... But I have been there and have the daily aches and pains from a broken back riding MX in my 40s to prove it. Make good decisions.
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« Reply #20 on: February 07, 2013, 10:05:34 pm »

Nothing saying you have to engage in moto............55 y/o here and still ride single track trails up here in WA.
Used to race a 100 yrs ago(pretty seriously), but the key is to know your limitations. we're a pretty core bunch of guys that take our ST riding pretty serious.
Something like a clean used Honda CRF450X or Yam WR450F is prefectly fine(and content)with puting around having fun on trails with your kids.
I don't think, however, you need a 2t motocross bike(regardless of yr).....power too angry/abrupt-no tolerance of whiskey throttle at all. Find you something that'll be forgiving, but not weigh as much as your street bike.  Which the above machines fit the bill nicely. They are forgiving bikes with ample power(trust me). And it's oh so true......that ground gets harder the older you get!  Sad
Remember, offroading(even dual trails-never mind single track-riding, as you'll quickly find out), does require you to be in some form of physical shape. Respect that...
Give it try. Use your head and you'll have fun.   Thumbsup
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« Reply #21 on: February 09, 2013, 09:17:40 pm »


Remember, offroading(even dual trails-never mind single track-riding, as you'll quickly find out), does require you to be in some form of physical shape. Respect that...


When I read the above I was reminded of an off-road acquaintance who has been known to say defensively "but ROUND is a shape". Actually he's more Wookie shaped than round. ok.... More overweight Wookie shaped I reckon, LOL
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« Reply #22 on: February 10, 2013, 08:52:13 am »

I am a big  fan of the 250 class. Not too heavy, but plenty of power and light/easy to manuver around. The top two bikes I settled on were the CRF250X and the WR250. I ended up with the CRF. Bike is set up for singletrack/two track riding with a plate etc. A lot of fun!

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« Reply #23 on: July 01, 2013, 03:05:05 am »

I'm on an old RM 250 . Still motoX when I can . Little slower don't quite get the air I used to but I still ride . I'm 44.
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« Reply #24 on: July 24, 2013, 12:58:15 am »


Never too old to go trail riding, but as a 50-something, the focus on big air on MX tracks scares me (old guys don't bounce well).


The older I get, the less likely I am to take to the air.  I grew up in the dirt and just recently (last month) got a street bike because I haven't lived near a track in 5 years.  I'm 31 but motocross gave me a broken back, broken jaw, collerbones, hands, etc.  So my 'go big or go home' days are behind me because I've got two little guys who want a dad who can walk Smile - still got the '03 KTM 250sx though!

I will say this - you don't have to do every jump!  When it comes to MX, it's all in the corners.  Great story I love to tell guys who think jumps are everything (or punk kids these days!  Razz ) I Watched an older former pro-dirt tracker ride a beaten up, '91 CR250 against a (then) brand new '04 CR450 (the rider was mid-pack B level so he could go pretty good);  The guy on the 250 told the other guy "you can do every jump on the track, I won't do a single one, lets run 'em!"... so the B rider agreed thinking he had this in the bag.

The CR250 absolutely MURDERED the 450 without doing a single jump.  He rolled them all, but he absolutely murdered him in the straights/corners.  That's where it can be won!  

That said, OP can still race safely Smile  Or ride for fun!
Just tooling around on trails or even hitting the track days for practice is a blast - and when I got out of the sport 7-8 years ago, people were still really friendly everywhere I went.  Not a day goes by I don't miss it - but I don't have a good way to get my bike the 1.5 hours to a track anymore.  When I get out to my parents house (where my bike is stored) I still get out and go for a couple hour ride through the old trails I grew up on.  You might lose a little of the finer skills, but if you've ridden dirt once, you'll be fine to do it again Smile

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« Reply #25 on: September 17, 2013, 11:14:32 am »

Just be aware that if you're over 50, a broken bone usually requires surgery with screws and plates versus a simple cast that younger folks would need.
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« Reply #26 on: December 11, 2013, 09:41:07 pm »


I'm 46, and still ride in the woods. A couple of the guys I have ridden with in the past were in their 70's. just remember you are not as "springy" as you once were. I think it is a great way to stay in shape and sharpen your skills for on the street. Enjoy!


I agree! No one is too old for something that they truly love. My uncle is 60 and he is still doing good with his bike! Just be extra careful. Sometimes your reflexes may not coordinate with how fats your mind reacts. Wink
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« Reply #27 on: June 24, 2014, 09:55:01 am »

54 and still loving the work out!  Bigsmile
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54 and still loving the work out!  Bigsmile
I've got a 98 CR250 in Trevor FS. Bigsmile
Good for you! If I could find a couple of buddies my age that wanted to ride dirt several weekends per month, I'd buy another dirt bike. Can't beat the workout. I'd probably buy a 250.
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