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C50 darmstadter Quote
4/16/2008 12:18 AM

Are there any guys out there in their forty's that still race? Or even just ride moto-cross bikes? I'm 44 and would love to get a bike. Am I out of my mind?
I quit racing back in 1984 and have'nt been on a bike since.
What's your input?
Thanks, Mark

C50_614092928_1207694438 kopfjaeger Quote
4/16/2008 12:35 AM

I didn't start until I was 30! I'm pretty near 37 now and still riding and racing Xcountry...Started too late for these modern MX tracks. every once in a while I will find an old school or natural terrain track that I can ride, I hate rolling shit!! Get the bike, take it easy getting back to speed...good luck

C50_2_stroke_national_bike_001 Craze Quote
4/16/2008 2:08 AM

There are a lot of us forty & over who race & ride (I'm 49). No, your not out of your mind, it's a stress release for me whether I race or just go riding in the mountains or desert, I'll ride until I'm physically unable to. A word of advice....get a 2 stroke, it's cheaper and less technical to work on then the "Modern" 4 strokes, not to mention much lighter. You can find plenty of them for a song & a dance also.

Craze

The older I get, the faster I was

C50_627672828_1217454114 todder Quote
4/16/2008 3:19 AM

I'm a year from being 40 but I feel like racing is like a fountain of youth. Go for it. If you raced way back when you will be shocked how quickly it comes back.

You can't spell crap without rap.

C50_615463448_1207235737 alphado Quote
4/16/2008 3:32 AM

I'll be 40 in August, still riding and racing.

C50 axo1961 Quote
4/16/2008 3:34 AM

46 here,havent raced in 3 years though........still ride the practice days at diff tracks.

C50 jpracer1 Quote
4/16/2008 4:01 AM

almost all of my riding buddies are over 40,im 45,about 40% of the riders at my track are over 35

C50_115277520_1244048412 ThePipe Quote
4/16/2008 4:11 AM

40 here and I feel no different racing than when I was 20
Actually healthier at 40
Too much Partying and chasing Snatch at 20

C50_616870768_1207084097 Shocker Quote
4/16/2008 4:19 AM

38 Here and don't race but couldn't live without riding!

C50_638578888_1222376454 jon(#42) Quote
4/16/2008 4:19 AM

my dad is 50 and he rides with me on the supercross track and acctually does alright. he also rides with me on other track i ride too and nails every jump.

if your not falling or breaking somthing, then your not riding hard enough.

C50_631899978_1206026308 catatonic Quote
4/16/2008 4:21 AM

I'll be 40 in december.....started racing again when I was 35.
I have more fun now than when I raced as a teen.
+30A and +30B are two of the biggest classes in our district.

"fortunately I keep my feathers numbered.....for just such an occasion"

C50_manning_melon_for_website_1406229807 jtomasik Quote
4/16/2008 4:27 AM

I'm 45 and ride MX tracks regularly. The body don't like it, but the mind can't live without it. I'm still pushing my limits and trying to keep up with (and pass) the kids.

I also ride some trails, and I'd love to ride the dez regularly, if it was nearby.

C50_s1600_628755468_1210595886 croom mx Quote
4/16/2008 4:39 AM

I love to ride but I dont have time anymore. I started when I was 12 years old now I am 46. Raced alot of motos and pro also. Stopped racing at 22 went to college. At the time I didnt like school. I wanted to be National Champion, Now twenty four years later I am glad I went to school and got an education. I would like to race again but I like to ride fast, jump doubles, blast berms, knock elbow with other riders, so I know after a while I get hurt and now I cant afford to be hurt.

C50_405274_2894776845489_2089037276_n_1421820495 perumx Quote
4/16/2008 5:00 AM

45 years old, addicted to moto.
Ride MX tracks twice a week, and try to keep up with the kids.
I didnt ride from 1980 to 2004, but never lost the love for the sport.
So no, you're not to old.

C50_94268620_1279935980 kaw rider9 Quote
4/16/2008 5:13 AM

Buy a bike!! Ever thought about woods riding? It's lots of fun and the risk of getting hurt is way less than on a MX track..I'm only thirty one but I ride with some damn fast 50-60 yearolds.. Just go buy a bike, You won't regret it.

Yeah,I mix my gas. It's cheaper in the long run!

C50_1044_457e07b65c2c3 sc961 Quote
4/16/2008 5:15 AM

Guess you got that question answered.
I'm 46 and still going. No end in site, and having a blast.

C50_img_0758_1476807303 mx317 Quote
4/16/2008 5:20 AM

Just turned 50 and looking forward to another class I can race.

Take it to the limit, one more time!

C50_99798330_1279139839 Racer92 Quote
4/16/2008 5:27 AM

44 and still racing.

"The public sucks. Fuck hope." ~ George Carlin

C50_cairoli2_1506004781 Highsider Quote
4/16/2008 5:27 AM

I am 55+ and race two classes, almost every week during our snow-shortened season, here in the mid-west.

I have been riding since age 13 (over 42 years) and can't imagine not riding. In fact I want to sell one of my businesses so I can ride more!

Jimi J

I don't trust any "Joined Date" later than 2012

C50_631652518_1212846671 chadwik74 Quote
4/16/2008 5:28 AM

WTF....Is this GeezerDrive? Hahaha

C50_99993580_1264785002 AMA714 Quote
4/16/2008 5:31 AM

I am in the same boat as most of the guys on here....Raced from 11 to 20 years old, went away to college, got into cars/streetbikes etc...but never lost interest in the sport. Got a CRF450 back in 2003 to go race a new thing called Supermoto...lol..Never made it past the MX track!!

I started out real slow, just getting used to 4 strokes and the new jump style MX tracks. Now im riding the A class and addicted to Moto...I'm 38 and feel like a kid.

C50_adam_sam ACMYERS Quote
4/16/2008 5:49 AM

I'm 41 and refuse to stop.

C50_glennz51 curmudgeon Quote
4/16/2008 5:53 AM

43 and started riding again after 20 years when I turned 40. Started racing again last year.

To answer your question yes you are crazy, but you're in good company.

4 stroke de-evolution! With the right handicap even I could beat Tiger Woods.

C50 VintageFast Quote
4/16/2008 5:55 AM

I'm 45 and still ride. Don't race moto anymore... just trail ride once in a while. My drag bike takes too much of my time right now though.

If you do start racing again... some those over 40 riders are old pros that still race. They haul ass.

C50 YZmom Quote
4/16/2008 5:56 AM

In the OK State races, the age classess of +30, +40 and +50 are some of the biggest classes. The +50 is averaging 17 riders a race and 3 of them are over 60! The +30 and +40 average 24 riders a class. That's a lot of old farts still having fun!

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4/16/2008 5:57 AM
C50_dsc00586 gp Quote
4/16/2008 5:57 AM

45 here took it easy for the last two years. My son got hurt in 06 so we quit for the year. Then back to a few races last year. I'll make more this year.

I was away from the sport from 1977 until 1998. I've been a moto junky ever since.

I have friends with health problems. They are old and out of shape. I think I'm out of shape if I can't run 5 miles or race a moto and have my lap times drop.

This sport will keep you young. Just use your head and make good decisions.

C50_629606688_1207580854 dlhamblin Quote
4/16/2008 5:59 AM

I also am 49. I ride mostly with my son at our clubs practice days. I had quit riding back in 1991 to raise a family and pursue a career like many others it seems. As my youngest son got to be 12; he was always looking at my old photo albums. He kept wanting a bike. I took him to my friends shop and after picking out a TT-R125 for him to learn on he asked me what I was going to get (he said "You can't teach him without having a bike yourself). My wife said "Go for it!"; so I bought a TT-R250. Well, it was OK but I got bored and 6 months later bought a YZ-250 and have had a blast (that was 5 years ago).

The only problem now is my son is faster (and more daring) than I am, so he now beats me.

The only thing my wife ever says is remember you need to be at work on Mondays. So, I limit the types of jumps and risks I take now days, but still have a blast and hope to keeo doing it for a number of years to come.

Dave Hamblin
2011 CRF-450R
2006 YZ-250
(I really do like the smell of pre-mix in the morning!)
http://forums.dirtrider.com

C50_dui_1427310044 RNagy052 Quote
4/16/2008 6:04 AM

45 and still race. The only difference between racing now and racing as a kid is it takes longer to come back from an injury.

Go get a bike and get back into it, you will have a blast. Even if you just go to the local practice track and ride once in a while, it will be well worth it.

C50_628415478_1207574656 jay_547 Quote
4/16/2008 6:29 AM

i'll be 49 next month. i still ride and race as much as i can afford to.

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