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1Back to top Go down    When to give up? on Wed May 04, 2016 2:08 pm

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Today after the winter rest I took the bike out for a "warm up" ride for the summer.

However I found that when I came to swing my leg over the bike while it was on the side stand it would not go over without using my hand to push it - I nearly fell over. Crying or Very sad

Is this a sign to give up or are there exercises to do to return the leg to normal use?

I really want to keep riding. Any advice welcome.

    

2Back to top Go down    Re: When to give up? on Wed May 04, 2016 2:20 pm

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Exercise needed. I don't put the bike away for the winter at all but any muscles not used for an extended period will do exactly what happened to you. Its not that you have been doing no exercise, but you wont haveused that particularcombination of body movements so it will have gone rusty. Add the restriction and weight of bike gear its like exercising with weights.

I bet too that you are not the only one on the forum who needs a hand to get the leg over.


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3Back to top Go down    Re: When to give up? on Wed May 04, 2016 6:38 pm

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Notts the only place I can think you will get that sort of action happening is in a martial arts class, looks like you will be doing it each winter from now on, Your aim will be to perform a sweeping side kick high enough to swipe the nose of your trainer, that will put you in fine stead for the spring bike reveal and first rides.
If you do exceptionally well at it you might get a black belt, which is just the thing for holding up your bellstaffs


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4Back to top Go down    Re: When to give up? on Wed May 04, 2016 8:31 pm

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No No Never give up there is always some other way. Get a K1100 stand and that makes it easy to get on the centre stand then you get on by puting one foot on the peg and you got lots of height for the bung leg.


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5Back to top Go down    Re: When to give up? on Wed May 04, 2016 9:10 pm

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As much as I dislike yoga, I would try that before giving up riding.

I was pumpng petrol one day when a nice sounding CBR600 pulled in. He gave a wave as he cruised up to the pump on the other side to me, I nodded back. Off came his helmet and he sauntered over for a chat. Turned out he was 86 and had no intention of giving up riding. He was on a restricted licence and rode about 50 to 100 km most days to keep his hand in.


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6Back to top Go down    Re: When to give up? on Fri May 06, 2016 3:42 am

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Move to Australia and you can explain to us what a "winter rest" is.
Then ignore them for the rest of your life.

sunny sunny sunny sunny sunny sunny


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7Back to top Go down    Re: When to give up? on Fri May 06, 2016 12:15 pm

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You definitely shouldn't give up riding-ride more to get "bike fit"
However, if you do give up, PM me and I'll buy your bike.....just trying to help out here! Twisted Evil

    

8Back to top Go down    Re: When to give up? on Fri May 06, 2016 1:27 pm

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Commit 20 - 25 minutes a day to a stretching routine
This is a small feat that'll have you in fine form inside of two weeks, max. Promise.

I agree w/the Kapt re yoga, but if that's a bit daunting or you're not in the mood to buy a bundle of incense then start with the stretching. As we age our ligaments and sinews turn to beef jerky if we do not consistently, persistently keep them limber.

Easy way to start is to find a video to your liking and follow it in real time. Or download a chart and start in.
And drink water. Enuff to float a tugboat.


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9Back to top Go down    Re: When to give up? on Fri May 06, 2016 8:56 pm

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I agree with everyone never give up.
My mate Laurie is 73 and still rides his blackbird like a crazy man. 260km/h was his last jaunt. He also still rides historic racing. Only 1 second slower than the pros around the track. He's beat prostate cancer and a recent stint in plaster due to a careless driver.
I asked him how he keeps throwing his leg over and his reply was marry a younger woman.
It wasn't the sage advice I was expecting or that I am saying that's what you should do but it sure makes you think.
Now I know why he always looks so damn happy.


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10Back to top Go down    Re: When to give up? on Fri May 06, 2016 11:36 pm

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That damn 'winter rest' gets to a lot of us Mad Blizzard

Here, although it got up to 18c today (May 6th) I can still find SNOW in the shady parts of the woods...

I just turned 68 & lovely wife Joanie will be 70 next month - we try to get some exercise every day, usually a good 1 hour walk, or snowshoeing (I would demonstrate this to any visitors from the other end of the world, otherwise Google it)

Of course there are specific exercises that a quack (sorry, I meant physiotherapist) could recommend, no incense or chanting required...

Bottom line? Never quit... never


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11Back to top Go down    Re: When to give up? on Mon May 09, 2016 12:07 pm

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Well originally I thought that I might have another 10 years of riding but after reading this thread it appears that I can look forward to another 20 or so years.
At one time riding all year round was a dream to most Canadians and moving to Australia was quite often thought of by some of us. However, having ridden my bike until November 16th one year and now this year I started with my first ride on March 16th means we are gradually approaching year round riding.
Our city elevation is 575 m or 1886 ft in the downtown area. Still lots of snow at higher elevations and of course Mount Robson 288 kms east of Prince George at 3954 ms is always snow covered.
I love the heated handle grips on my K100.
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12Back to top Go down    My solution - The "Dean" mount on Mon May 16, 2016 12:50 pm

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Thanks for all the encouragement and advice.
I cannot see myself as a martial arts or Yoga person but as I come from Nottingham where "Torvil & Dean" ice skaters were based I took as my role model a more elegant solution - the dean mount based on this move of theirs


The "Dean" consists of
1. placing the left foot near the bike facing forward (or even slightly outwards which helps).
2. Using the bike for support bend forward until the body is horizontal - this encourages the mounting leg to come up to the right height where a knee bend will send it over the bike.
cheers

Here is a video of it in action

https://goo.gl/photos/S5x6J4jHJwiRTAzi6

    

13Back to top Go down    Re: When to give up? on Mon May 16, 2016 1:00 pm

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Whatever the heck you are feeling about the body sure hasn't affected the mind!


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14Back to top Go down    Re: When to give up? on Mon May 16, 2016 1:27 pm

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You could always use a little box to step up on.Very Happy

Sometimes when travelling with a lot of gear I turn the Ventura pack around to the front of the rack so it's sitting on the pillion seat. This helps to support the weight if it's heavy and I can then get more gear on the back of the rack. Unfortunately it gives no room to get my leg over in the normal fashion. My solution is to face the bike, take a step back and swing my leg up towards the seat then give a little hop towards the bike. It's even less graceful and more difficult when dismounting. :clown:


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15Back to top Go down    Re: When to give up? on Mon May 16, 2016 2:04 pm

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Holister (KH) wrote:My solution is to face the bike, take a step back and swing my leg up towards the seat then give a little hop towards the bike. It's even less graceful and more difficult when dismounting. :clown:
Ditto...sometimes I imagine onlookers watching me dismount saying "Oooh look, he's forgotten to bring his leg" Laughing


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16Back to top Go down    Re: When to give up? on Mon May 16, 2016 2:17 pm

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I did try a modified "Dean" as if a bag was on the pillion seat. It requires the final knee bend to bring the knee almost to the instrument binnicle - it hurt so not sure if I will succeed with that.
Getting off is more of a controlled fall Crying or Very sad

    

17Back to top Go down    Re: When to give up? on Mon May 16, 2016 2:45 pm

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Holister (KH) wrote:You could always use a little box to step up on.Very Happy

Sometimes when travelling with a lot of gear I turn the Ventura pack around to the front of the rack so it's sitting on the pillion seat. This helps to support the weight if it's heavy and I can then get more gear on the back of the rack. Unfortunately it gives no room to get my leg over in the normal fashion. My solution is to face the bike, take a step back and swing my leg up towards the seat then give a little hop towards the bike. It's even less graceful and more difficult when dismounting. :clown:

That's how Roy Rogers got up on Tonto......


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18Back to top Go down    Re: When to give up? on Mon May 16, 2016 3:17 pm

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Like KH, I often use my Ventura pack facing forward or have another seat bag attached. I typically use the centre stand as much as possible so getting on is no drama - just step up onto the left peg and step over the bike, get settled and then rock off the centre stand.

Now getting off with a bag on the seat is another matter and decidedly ungraceful. I have tried the KH mounting approach in reverse and a version of the "Dean" in reverse which sometimes results in the right foot caught somewhere in mid-swing on the bag needing me to grab my foot to assist the trajectory and hopefully not land on the ground on my backside.

Just part of the joy of getting oldmaturing.

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19Back to top Go down    Re: When to give up? on Tue May 17, 2016 7:58 am

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Gaz80 wrote:.......
Now getting off with a bag on the seat is another matter and decidedly ungraceful.
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What I do to get off Gaz, particularly when I have the tank loaded up as well, is to use the side stand and do a reverse hop away till the leg is clear (I've often thought it must look like I have a wooden leg). Then if needed I'll ease it onto the centre stand.


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20Back to top Go down    Re: When to give up? on Tue May 17, 2016 11:11 am

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I have a problem (visible in previous video) -

Sixteen stone (102Kg) does not do hop Sad

Thinking of it brings to mind the tune of "Sixteen tons and what do you get? Another day older and deeper in debt"

    

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