Never Too Old!

by Teena
(Bluff City, TN)


My name is Teena and here is my story. I grew up riding dirt bikes when I was about 12 years old. I did start out riding a mini-bike, one without brakes, a year or two earlier than my first "real bike" ride. I did not ride again until a couple of years ago when a friend encouraged me to give it a try on the street. All my life I have wanted to be a bike rider and could only imagine that day. But I finally got the nerve to take a motorcycle rider course after many months of excuses and doubts relating to my age. I thought I was too old to "go out on this particular limb" after all I was 42 years old.

Now I have always been an athlete and been in fairly good shape and have been through a lot of experiences of many types. But I have always prided myself on having "common sense" and not doing what I thought were "stupid" things to do. Shoot, I didn't have my first beer until I was a freshman in college when everyone else had their first beer and sex when they were a freshman in high school. I guess I was very conservative by my childhood raising.

So, now I have a 2003 Honda Shadow Spirit 750, rode the "Dragon", a great ride in the smokey mountains, 318 curves in 11 miles and our local ride the "Snake", and am planning a beach ride later this year. I love every minute on my bike. So, never think you are too old to start riding or doing anything in life you have always dreamed doing. All I needed was the encouragement of a friend and a little confidence.

Thanks for letting me tell my story.

Safe Riding,


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Aug 13, 2009
Stay in Shape
by: Susan Raby-Dunne

I'm 54 and have been riding for 33 years. I would say no age is too old as long as you keep fit, especially to keep reflexes honed, upper body strength and endurance for the long rides. An exhausted rider is an accident waiting to happen.

After riding for 17 years I had a child when I was 38. Didn't ride hardly at all until lately now that he's a teenager. I had gained a lot of weight over the years and decided to get it off and get fit. Part of the motivation was that I could barely swing my leg over my then bike, a 1972 R75. I've lost almost 30 pounds in 2 years, gotten fit and it makes a huge difference.

My motivation for fitness now is that I want to ride as long as I can. I have a 2005 BMW R1150R and it's a fantastic bike. I'm rediscovering the thrill of riding that I fell in love with in 1976! Planning a cross Canada trip for 2010; Vancouver to Newfoundland.

Apr 10, 2009
Never too Old to Ride
by: Brycie

Teena, I was 41 when I decided to learn to ride a motorcycle, and 30 years later I am still riding either my Goldwing 1800 or my Harley Heritage Softail Classic all over the U.S.

You go girl!

Mar 30, 2009
Only as Old as You Let Yourself Be
by: Mel

Congratulations, Teena! I just took a riders class last spring, got my license and purchased a Honda Rebel to continue my learning. The only previous experience I had was occasionally sitting in the saddle with the view of the back of my husband's helmet. I am truly enjoying riding and will soon take delivery on my 2nd bike (a BMW F650GS, lowered suspension, lowered seat). And I am your senior by 10 years, so it's never too late to get the bikin' bug. See you out there, Ride Safe.

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