I'm giving up riding.

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Burgman1958
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I'm giving up riding.

Post#1 » Sun Dec 17, 2017 4:55 pm

Well, I'm 90% decided anyway. Never thought I'd say it.
The reason - the great British climate. I have been thinking, and is it worth 3 months of ice, snow, fog, gales and a plague of frogs (well maybe not the last one) for the standard British 'blink and miss it' summer?
To be honest this thought has been on my mind since I broke my ankle riding on ice four years ago, resulting in a plate and pins and four months off work. Since then I haven't been riding if the temperature will be below freezing, and certainly not on snow. This has meant two buses and two hours to get to work (I work nights) and £20 for a taxi to get home again, as my job involves 12 hour shifts and another two hours to get home is out of the question. I have never had a bike and a car, as for various reasons this is impractical. A situation that still applies. Okay so I could buy a cheap 'jalopy' as a standby, but the trouble with this is cheap jalopies have a nasty habit of breaking down. So it's a good used car for me.
As I say I never thought I'd say this, and I love riding. Can't beat it as most of you will agree. But practicality rules here I'm afraid. No doubt the first warm sunny summers day I will think 'What have I done? What was I thinking?' But as I say I have to be practical.
So, shortly the Maxsym will be going back to the dealer. I have been a good customer of their's for years, and I'm sure they will give me a good deal. Besides, I need a few thousand to pay for a decent car.
I have done some good rides in the 21 years I have been back on two wheels, but I'm afraid it is time to move on.

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Data
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Re: I'm giving up riding.

Post#2 » Sun Dec 17, 2017 5:42 pm

This is very sad news indeed. :o But you gotta do what you gotta do! However, just a thought...what about a Piaggio MP3 of some flavour or a Peugeot Metropolis trike. They stick to the road like glue in bad weather. Also, they ride just the same as any other bike but without the ice and snow drama and with much better road holding and braking at every other time. Anyhoo...whatever happens don't lose touch! :kiss:

Burgman1958
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Re: I'm giving up riding.

Post#3 » Sun Dec 17, 2017 6:10 pm

Thanks for the suggestion Data. But since my broken ankle (I broke the same one two years before by the way, this time on snow) I have lost my confidence on ice. To the extent that even with a light frost and very little chance of coming a cropper I am still 'bricking it' all the way. And having a third wheel won't help with this. I could still go into a skid and hit something.
Plus when I say I love riding it was a slight untruth. The truth is although I still enjoy it I don't enjoy it as much as I used to. And certainly not when there is likely to be ice about.
There are other factors too. My old Mum (she's 87, bless her) has never been happy about me having a bike, and I don't want to worry her any more than I have already. Especially as her health is not likely to get any better.
I will indeed stay in touch and visit the forum occasionally. Just to keep up with what is happening!

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Post#4 » Sun Dec 17, 2017 6:37 pm

Burgman it’s not the end of the world - I’m quite sure there are more pressing priorities in your life than riding a scooter - your old mum - bless her - will be elated that you’ve given up on two wheels - the risk of a fatal crash is 35 times greater than a passenger car - driving a car mind you is at least 35 times more boring than riding a motorcycle ;)

Burgman1958
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Post#5 » Sun Dec 17, 2017 8:17 pm

35 times more likely to be killed but 35 times more boring driving a car! Couldn't have put it better myself!

Burgman1958
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Post#6 » Sun Dec 17, 2017 8:25 pm

Something else. Winters are definitely getting colder and summers more disappointing. I remember the time not so many years ago when I could ride right through the winter. Snow meant no more than a light dusting and overnight temperatures rarely dipped much below freezing. Oh yes, and councils were more willing to spend money on grit. But this is maybe the subject of another discussion!
Summers I recall, though still not in the South of France league, were certainly better than the damp (literally) squibs we tend to get now.

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Alanzzg
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Re: I'm giving up riding.

Post#7 » Mon Dec 18, 2017 1:06 am

I hope you get the car you are after and still have enough cash for a cheap scooters.
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Post#8 » Mon Dec 18, 2017 3:07 am

Get a car mate, if getting to work for a 12 hour shift in winter now requires you to put in 16 hour days at extra expense and then go out do it all again 8 hours later. That's barely giving you time to get home, unwind, get some sleep in and have a bit of home life before you're getting out for that bus again. In my experience as a long term shift worker before retirement, you get very little sympathy from workmates for struggling in on 2 wheels in shit winter weather.

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Re: I'm giving up riding.

Post#9 » Mon Dec 18, 2017 3:43 am

I'm with Meldrew on this. I used two wheels (motorcycles) to commute for years when I was younger. Rain, fog, sun, it didn't really matter, I had to use the bike or go on a, shock horror, bus! As I've got older bollocks to that matey! My scooter is for fun only now, I do use it to commute sometimes but only if the weather is clement. Get a cosy car and if you can return to two wheels later on then go for it. I'd be interested in what the MAXSYM 600i is valued at. That's a great scooter.

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Post#10 » Mon Dec 18, 2017 4:02 am

Maybe its that the weather has been really awful the last few weeks....cold, snow, icy, and its so dark at this time of year. Like Saturday night was frosty, then it rained all day Sunday, and then froze overnight! So frustrating. Personally I couldn't stop riding as I find driving the car so frustrating as the roads are jammed and its a struggle to get anywhere - and the slightest bump on a M-way brings huge queues. And anyway I find that riding is good for the soul....if I'm feeling fed-up a ride often lifts the gloom.
Don't know what the answer is for you, but I hope you make the right choice.

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