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C50_images_28 Muscle-Milk-KTM Quote
5/31/2017 9:28 AM

As the title says really. I've been thinking about quitting for a few weeks now, I've got no motivation to go riding or even enjoying it when I do.

It basically started when my 125 threw a rod & smashed everything, cases, crank (obviously), cylinder, piston, reed block, clutch basket & the gear that Yamaha don't sell separately. It was totally screwed. It was a total nightmare getting the parts (too long a story to write it all down here). Anyway the bike takes 5 1/2 weeks from going bang to running again. Cost approximately £1400 to fix. Now it's up & running, I'm like I can't be bothered with this. I go riding & I'm finding it boring. I think it doesn't help that there are no decent tracks where I live.

As anyone else felt like this when their bike has shat itself??

C50_img_1045_1491190870 cameron96 Quote
5/31/2017 9:34 AM

The water pump just failed on my 350 this past weekend... right after spending 900$ on racetech suspension..

Motor was badly overheated and runs now but doesn't sound right.

I think I'm just gonna park it till fall and go surfing

C50_0t89hgd8vrw69qa5vrqi6ujrh_1477334466 TripleFive Quote
5/31/2017 9:35 AM

Haven't found this to be the case caused by a mechanical, but have certainly experienced "burn out" before.

Take a month or so off. Maybe pick up a new/cheaper hobby like yoga for a while.

Come back when you miss it. If you don't feel like riding, don't ride. This sport is far too dangerous to be putting your body in jeopardy if you're not loving what you're doing.

C50_images_28 Muscle-Milk-KTM Quote
5/31/2017 9:39 AM
cameron96 wrote:

The water pump just failed ...more

Always the way, you spend out on something you want then that happens. I feel your pain.

C50_envyava_1506628629 EnvyMedia Quote
5/31/2017 9:41 AM

I lost interest after always getting bad starts and dumb shit in races and not getting the results I wanted. Now I just ride for fun only on tracks I really like and it brought me a whole new perspective of motocross.

I'd say go to tracks you really enjoy, like a track that has sick corners or jumps that puts a smile on your face. Meet up with someone or a group who are about your speed and go chase each other, that really brings the fun and joy back into riding imo.

C50_ktm_350_1457892087 Deal Brothers Trailers Quote
5/31/2017 9:47 AM
EnvyMedia wrote:

I lost interest after ...more

Riding with folks your speed is a big part of keeping it interesting and fun for me.
We exclusively ride in the woods and love it. I wasn't raised riding MX, so at 50 years old, I'm not learning to jump anything but logs and roots.
Just completed the 24 hour Enduro in Maplesville AL this past weekend with 5 of my riding buddies.
I've had enough riding for at least the next 10 days

I hope your passion and enjoyment for the sport returns soon !

2016 KTM 350 XCF
Ohlins Cartridges
ProTune'd shock
Rider gonna ride


C50_jeffro_rm2_1468475135 jeffro503 Quote
5/31/2017 9:48 AM

I know exactly how you feel man. I'm up and down on the sport ( right now I'm on a high and wish I could ride 3 times a week ) , but I have times where I need to just park the bikes and do something else. Sometimes for a couple weeks , and some times for a couple months.The winter for me is when the bikes collect dust , as I'm just not into washing 40lbs of mud of my bikes , along with toasting every single bearing.

If you're not feeling it , and it gets to the point where you're just not interested , don't force yourself to go. Go have fun doing something else for a while. Those little breaks have always helped me , as I feel a lot more motivated after taking a little time off.

Most all of us are in it for the fun brother....and at a time when you're not having , take a break. You'll come back hungry.

And there goes Jeffro. One of God's own prototypes. A super high-powered mutant of some kind never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die.

Pimpin' Ho's , Rollin' fatty's......drinkin' beers , beers , beers!! ~ Ja

C50_engine.f_1455853935 BobPA Quote
5/31/2017 9:54 AM

Has never happened to me. You guys must have some serious issues

I do get frustrated from time to time. Sent my 125 engine out this year in December for porting and a big bore. Got it back and the cylinder looked terrible. Sent it back for a redo and it was slightly better. Broke it in for an hour and it seized. Cylinder was set up too tight, so out it goes goes again for warranty. So now i am sitting here $800 in the hole and have yet to even ride my bike. Andddddd the VPU4.4 I bought for $17/gallon will be spoiled by the time I get the engine back......

Jason Anderson FTW

C50_fb_picture_100000697235122 dak446 Quote
5/31/2017 9:58 AM
TripleFive wrote:

Haven't found this to be ...more

Well said.

C50_image_1426177274 CrGuy2T Quote
5/31/2017 10:15 AM

I get that way all the time. Haven't ridden in 4 months. Just push the bike to the side and when your ready to go ride again it'll be there. Don't make the mistake I. Selling everything off.

C50 zookie Quote
5/31/2017 10:19 AM

After a year of injuries and surgeries, I realized that life was pretty grand without moto and that was that. End of my riding days. I totally understand Dungey's position. He saw what life was like without moto, and he likes it.

C50 Robgvx Quote
5/31/2017 10:26 AM

Where in the UK are you?

C50_images_1390697951 r.sal923 Quote
5/31/2017 10:26 AM

I found that when I was riding 3-4 days a week and racing on weekends, I did not even want to look at a dirt bike after the last race in the fall. Fast forward 10 years, kids and life are taking over. I get 1 day a week maybe 2. I look forward to Thursday nights a lot more now than I did when I was racing

C50_images_28 Muscle-Milk-KTM Quote
5/31/2017 10:28 AM
Muscle-Milk-KTM wrote:

As the title says really. ...more

Robgvx wrote:

Where in the UK are you?

South East, Kent

C50_330_1456872376 philG Quote
5/31/2017 10:30 AM

Are you riding , or racing?

C50 Robgvx Quote
5/31/2017 10:30 AM
Muscle-Milk-KTM wrote:

South East, Kent

There's your problem. It's all stoney down there!

. .

C50_go_kart_mudding IWreckALot Quote
5/31/2017 10:31 AM

My sarcastic remarks?

WTF is a £?

And I didn't know they had surfing in Canada.

Seriously though.

Racing cross country has gotten me out of the MX track draw. There aren't any directional marked trails near me that I'm aware of except maybe at Village but even that's sketchy at times. The only time I get to "ride" is when I "race". So I either have to go out and want to race, or no riding. I've grown to like racing, but it voids the benefits of getting practice time. I've considered dropping the sport at times but the two months I was in between bikes left me feeling a bit empty.

C50_images_28 Muscle-Milk-KTM Quote
5/31/2017 10:32 AM
philG wrote:

Are you riding , or ...more

Mainly just riding these days, only do a handful of meetings at Canada Heights.

C50_330_1456872376 philG Quote
5/31/2017 10:43 AM
Muscle-Milk-KTM wrote:

Mainly just riding these ...more

So there is your problem, riding is just wearing your bike out and wasting petrol.

No sense of competition , if you are just putting laps in till its time to go home, no wonder you are bored.

I would rather stay home, than go out and ride, but i will race every chance i get.

C50 kkawboy14 Quote
5/31/2017 10:49 AM

There's only been 1 time where I never wanted to see my bike again, you coulda pushed it off a cliff. After a 250b FTR Florida Trail Riders race in the rain in north Florida. I was beat!

C50_1598688_1456600521 JW381 Quote
5/31/2017 10:51 AM

We all get burnt out. Take a break and go do something else. For me? I golf. Most of the time I do both, but sometimes I focus heavily on one over the other.

Osama Bin Mixin - Head of the 2-stroke Taliban

C50_img_1045_1491190870 cameron96 Quote
5/31/2017 10:58 AM
IWreckALot wrote:

My sarcastic remarks?

WTF ...more

Wake Surfing! Hahah

Kenny and deano are into it. Lots of fun with friends and no chance of injury

C50_go_kart_mudding IWreckALot Quote
5/31/2017 11:03 AM
IWreckALot wrote:

My sarcastic remarks?

WTF ...more

cameron96 wrote:

Wake Surfing! Hahah

Kenny ...more

Ahh. Wake surfing. I am familiar with that.

C50_ewfgwerfvwerf_1439670789 ehr400 Quote
5/31/2017 11:04 AM
EnvyMedia wrote:

I lost interest after ...more

Deal Brothers Trailers wrote:

Riding with folks your ...more

Did the 24 hour at Perry mountain eh? We did that a few years ago, good times.

C50 Acidreamer Quote
5/31/2017 11:22 AM

Since i only buy used bikes, im actually pretty happy about any excuse i get to rebuild the motor and choose every part and do it exactly right. Ive only had a bike blow up on me once, and it was depressing because the ride day was over. Ive never had any kind of burn out. I ride to work almost everyday and ride at the track on weekends. Theres always a way to push yourself further.

2009 Kawasaki KX450F
2002 Suzuki GSXR 600

C50_bubbaleap benchracermx Quote
5/31/2017 12:02 PM

Funny u should bring this up... I am in uk also.. Just outside Glasgow. .. Tracks up here are getting worse and worse, if not closing down. This time last year I broke my ribs then about 3 weeks ago had another off and broke the exact same ribs again, smashed my hip and my shoulder..now I find myself thinking about selling my bike.. ( 16 350 20 odd hours) .. Only thing stopping me is for the last 15 years all I have done is Mx.. This is where I have alk my friends now, barely see the ones I grew up with so if I do give up I feel like I will be lost..having kids kinda makes it harder to get back out too.. My wee boy was crying in the hospital caus i was sick with the morphine etc.. It's like it's all signs to give up .. Anyway, sorry for the long post.. Ps I thought 2 strokes were supposed to be cheap to fix lol

C50_aviary_1494889504563_1501292489 SwingHard Quote
5/31/2017 12:25 PM

After a big get-off at Mammoth last June,I was DONE! AT 50 plus I was over hittin the ground! Had to heal up all summer,chose to sit out the winter. Sold the 450,bought a 350 end of March,enthusiasm is back!

C50_woodland_cr_500_2_1488488089 mark_swart Quote
5/31/2017 12:31 PM

I've found that I hit a little slump in early summer if I live somewhere where I race during the winter. I'm feeling it a little now and will probably take most of June off.
Don't sell your bike, just park it for a few weeks and don't do anything. I'm guessing in a month or two you'll have the itch again. The moto will still be there, just remember that it's just for fun, it's not an obligation!
When I hit the slump it definitely gives me an appreciation for the pros that stay out there for long careers, and also helps me understand why guys like RV and Dungey can let it go when they are at their peaks.

C50 Suzuki 627 Quote
5/31/2017 12:32 PM

You need to get up near me in Yorkshire. Loads of quality tracks within 1 to 1.5 hours away. Like others have said just ride every now and again. The bike will always be there whenever you need it

C50_images_28 Muscle-Milk-KTM Quote
5/31/2017 12:40 PM
Suzuki 627 wrote:

You need to get up near me ...more

I would love to, bloody long way for a day trip. I wanna go to Fat Cats at some point.

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