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post #1 of 27 Old Jul 30th, 2012, 4:18 pm Thread Starter
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Done with bikes

So I think I am "done" with motorbikes.

I had somewhat of a slowly evolving epiphany over the last month or so; I don't enjoy riding any more. I think I'm somewhat sad to say that, but it is true.

Going for a ride, any ride, used to be the highlight of my day. I would actually look forward to Monday mornings so I could get a good ride in to and from work. The work bits in the middle were just padding between the rides. On any given weekend, I would be off for a ride or two; sometimes just a quick 'round the block one hour ride or an all-day blast to wherever the road went.

Without any discernible reason, I'm just tired of it. I could care less about if it is a nice day for a ride, finding a new twisty bit of road I'd never noticed before or wanting to see if the latest tweak/farkle worked out as expected. I actually look forward to rainy days so I have an excuse to not have to ride.

I've thought about this a lot lately and I just don't care about it any more. Even the RT has lost its charm and wow factor.
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post #2 of 27 Old Jul 30th, 2012, 4:44 pm
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Re: Done with bikes

Interesting revelation. A suggestion - don't sell the bike. At least not yet. Based on your post it sounds as though you've overdone it. (It also appears that this isn't the result of a "near death" experience.) As an anecdote - Bill Koch, first American to medal in X/C skiing at the winter Olympics was asked if he ever got tired cross country skiing and training. He answered that he sure as hell did get tired of it all.

"What do you do.?" they asked.

"I stop skiing until I feel like doing it again."

All in all, it's your decision. Good luck!

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Re: Done with bikes

I use to be a photography nut, bought more equipment, constantly read about equipment, technique etc. Then all of a sudden I became focused on having a good time and if I got a few good photos along the way that was a bonus. I think I am actually a better photographer now that I am not so obsessed so maybe your riding is evolving along similar lines.

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Re: Done with bikes

I quit riding to work a long time before I retired from work.

Commuting's NOT riding IMHO.

I even do very little spur-of-the-moment country riding, either.

But, big trips are still lots and lots of fun. By myself, not so much.

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Nobody's going to say you're wrong. If it doesn't grab you, and you feel it's a chore, then yes, it's time to move on. Do you have another interest that's gnawing at you to give it a go? Lots of people have left riding and later on, years later they come back. It's all good. After all, the reason for ridng is to enjoy the experience.

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Re: Done with bikes

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I quit riding to work a long time before I retired from work.

Commuting's NOT riding IMHO.
Guess it depends on your commute! Mine is a great ride.

My wife thinks that I just look for excuses to get out of the house and ride. Been retired for a while, but quite active volunteering and I can't wait to get on the bike for ANY reason! I like just riding and I also enjoy having a destination. I'm not sure if diving at the aquarium two days a week is not just an excuse to ride. Anyway, just a different opinion....

But, like others have said, just cover up the bike for a while. If you don't get the urge back, then sell it. No big deal either way. No reason to be riding if you don't enjoy it.

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You may possibly be suffering from depression. Worth taking a look at.

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Re: Done with bikes

One of my favorite sayings: "Sometimes you just gotta follow your heart".


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You may possibly be suffering from depression. Worth taking a look at.
I had this thought too. Along with getting his testosterone level checked.

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post #9 of 27 Old Jul 31st, 2012, 4:56 am
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Re: Done with bikes

I have also come to the same decision. I have an 09 LT that just sits in the garage. Three grandkids, work and 4 acres to mow takes up all my time.
That being said anyone interested in a pristine 09 K1200LT. Factory warranty expires 11/2013.
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You need a bigger lawnmower or maybe a flock of sheep....

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I have also come to the same decision. 4 acres to mow takes up all my time.
Dang! Screw the grass.... THAT would be my last reason to not ride. Ignore it, get a local kid to keep it cut or get a big jar of Round-up.... You have got to be kidding..

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Re: Done with bikes

I used to have a bunch of photo gear but it got stolen and/or destroyed a while back too. Got a point and shoot for things Ihave to take pictures of but that is about it anymore.

Appreciate all the comments. I'll dump the bike in storage and see what happens.
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I have also come to the same decision. I have an 09 LT that just sits in the garage. Three grandkids, work and 4 acres to mow takes up all my time.
That being said anyone interested in a pristine 09 K1200LT. Factory warranty expires 11/2013.
Mowing four acres or riding an LT... wow what a tough choice

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I have also come to the same decision. I have an 09 LT that just sits in the garage. Three grandkids, work and 4 acres to mow takes up all my time.
That being said anyone interested in a pristine 09 K1200LT. Factory warranty expires 11/2013.
I've got 7 horses. Take your pick, I deliver.
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I used to have a bunch of photo gear but it got stolen and/or destroyed a while back too. Got a point and shoot for things Ihave to take pictures of but that is about it anymore.

Appreciate all the comments. I'll dump the bike in storage and see what happens.
I can relate to this. Years ago I'd traipse around with three cameras with three different lenses and 3 types of film. Spent way too much time trying to decide which film, which lens, which filter, etc. After a while, photography wasn't much fun, too many decisions and too many times I'd get home not knowing what I had seen until the film got developed. Four weeks of touring out west and seeing nothing but what was in the viewfinder. I hung 'em up for several years and used a basic 35mm point and shoot.

When the digital age arrived I went for a Nikon Coolpix with the articulated body. Point, shoot, enjoy the scenery and relax. I still have my old film cameras and don't know why I hang onto them. However, I'm now shooting with two digital SLRs, but I am making sure that I take the time to enjoy the view and not the view finder. If I just want to enjoy a ride I take the old point and shoot.

I have a feeling that one of these days you'll take the bike out of storage, don the gear, fire it up, hit the road and there'll be this quasi-adrenalin rush as it all comes back.

Of course I could be dead wrong, but as has been stated in earlier posts, it's your choice and I believe most of us will, at least, respect that decision.

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I used to have a bunch of photo gear but it got stolen and/or destroyed a while back too. Got a point and shoot for things Ihave to take pictures of but that is about it anymore.

Appreciate all the comments. I'll dump the bike in storage and see what happens.
Make sure to prep the bike for storage, that way when you do decide to come back or sell you have done whoever will be using it a favor.

I also agree with a couple other posters, you really should look into the depression angle. Here is a link to Web MD on depression as a place to start. I don't want to raise alarms but I have family members who have battled depression and it would be well worth your time - for your sake and the sake of your loved ones - to see if you have any other symptoms and then get help if you need it, otherwise at least you can rule it out. Depression and anxiety disorders are serious business and can really cause problems, make sure you are healthy and then decide to ride or not.
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I have also come to the same decision. I have an 09 LT that just sits in the garage. Three grandkids, work and 4 acres to mow takes up all my time.
That being said anyone interested in a pristine 09 K1200LT. Factory warranty expires 11/2013.
When I had 2.5 acres & about 60 trees to cut around my Zero Turn mower would cut it in less than one hour. My next door neighbor had the same size lot & about the same amount of trees his 52" John Deere would take him three evenings to cut his. I use to sit on my deck drinking a cold beer & wave every time he came by. Maybe a new mower is in order.

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Re: Done with bikes

I've had the same thoughts over the last few months. Sadly, my lack of desire has been driven by the death of a friend to an accident that I witnessed. I'm struggling mentally to cope with the loss of my good friend and our life of adventure together so I'm letting the bike sit for awhile and see what happens.

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When I had 2.5 acres & about 60 trees to cut around my Zero Turn mower would cut it in less than one hour. My next door neighbor had the same size lot & about the same amount of trees his 52" John Deere would take him three evenings to cut his. I use to sit on my deck drinking a cold beer & wave every time he came by. Maybe a new mower is in order.
Yes - exactly. When we moved to a larger place in the country 14 years ago we brought a typical Sears Craftsman-quality 42" riding mower with us. It took 5.5 hours to mow the yard. Doing that twice/week was taking 11 HOURS/WEEK. After 2 seasons of that we bought a Kubota 24hp diesel tractor with a 60" mower deck. Between the larger cut of each pass (60" vs. 42") and the MUCH faster ground speed of the Kubota, the mowing time changed to 1.5 hours - a savings of 8 hours (or ONE DAY) per week. I also quit cutting the grass twice/week.

But, also, I'm surprised no one has mentioned trying a new bike - something different, maybe something more exciting/lighter weight will spark something.

Good luck with whatever you decide.

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I think staying off the bike is the best thing to do and I'll second the advice to not sell it right away.

Variety isn't just the spice of life, it is life, in my opinion. Sounds like you need some new experiences, some new adventures. Maybe some new hobby or activity that will be a challenge. I think we're all wired in different degrees to seek out new things. I'd be curious as to what it turns out to be for you.


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I've had the same thoughts over the last few months. Sadly, my lack of desire has been driven by the death of a friend to an accident that I witnessed. I'm struggling mentally to cope with the loss of my good friend and our life of adventure together so I'm letting the bike sit for awhile and see what happens.
Glad to see you were able to get it off your chest on the forum. Hope it helped.

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Wow....Didn't intend to turn this thread into a lawn mower discussion. It seems as if the parts about the grandkids and work was overlooked. The LT sits in the garage. I am putting it on Craigs list.
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Riding for me is not as fun as it once was. Going to school full time, working full time. Not much fun:-( I need to replace the springs too. Gotta close on the house first...

In my case I know the lust will return. It always does!

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Depression w or w/o low testosterone could be an issue as was stated earlier, just like dealing with the loss of a friend. Don't underestimate the damage these can do to your life if not properly treated. If your health insurance covers or you can otherwise afford it, seek counseling. Some plans provide several initial visits to select the right fit. in some cases that is enough to get you the skills & mindset to deal with what is going on.

Ignored problems rarely go away. Don't retreat into a cocoon, get the resources you need. Support is a wonderful thing. We're all pullin' for you!!!

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Sorry to hear about your decision. But since your reason isn't discernible, I pray you find out how/why this epiphany evolved over the last month. As others have echoed, there may be something behind why you don't find joy from riding any longer.

I can tell you, riding keeps me sane. When I kick her into first, open the visor just a crack, blip the throttle, and let out the clutch till she asking for 2nd, the world seems to look a little better. It also helps, that the tunes in my ears, keep telling me how much I'm loved, and there is a plan; when all I see is chaos, and haven't a clue what the plan is. After-all, God is sovereign... He is in control... and He is good.

When I get back home, and my butt is sore, and I'm tired, hot or cold, hungry and thirsty, I can sleep well. I know my journey hasn't solved any of my problems, but then I never thought it would anyway. It was just a chance for me to look at creation and remember, I never was in control.

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Years ago I had the same feeling but this was about riding in the dirt and off road.

Bought a new / different bike and boy was I reborn . . .

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Interesting observation Dan. I'm in just the opposite position. I was getting a little bored with street riding, got into dual sport, and am completely addicted. Feel like the energizer bunny now!
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