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Jul 8th 2020, 10:11 AM   #1
 DarthVader's Avatar
 
  Mar 2016
  Maple Falls

  ZX14
thinking to bail on riding!

been thinking to get out of riding....talk me out of it!

also thinking to throw my ZX14 on the market in next month or so...
Jul 8th 2020, 10:30 AM   #2
 
  Jan 2016
  SE PDX

Hard to talk you out of it without knowing the rational for the decision.

But that said, Riding is fun, don't stop ?
Jul 8th 2020, 11:21 AM   #3
 lazyeye's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Lebanon, OR

  2014 Interceptor
You tried to quit once, what's different now?
Jul 8th 2020, 11:50 AM   #4
 DarthVader's Avatar
 
  Mar 2016
  Maple Falls

  ZX14
without my other half anymore (shortnsweet) and most of the crue I used to ride with no longer riding...its just not the same. since I moved up here have riden with a few people, but not the same vibe. have had a couple fun rides though. plus in need of finding my own place and not sure where I'll be putting bike. I do not want it in an apt complex as it will get trashed or stollen.

as much as I enjoy riding, is it worth the effort anymore?
Jul 8th 2020, 11:53 AM   #5
 
  May 2016
  Milwaukie, OR

  2016 ZX-10R; 2017 Z900
This might sound like [even more] bizarre advice from me on this site, but here goes:

I suggest you do a track day with a new rider school. You'll immediately meet some new folks and enjoy a novel experience with your motorbike. There are still a bunch of them at the Ridge this season from several different providers.

Jul 8th 2020, 12:31 PM   #6
 Flyboymedic's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Hazel Dell, Wa

  Honda VFR800, Husqvarna TE 610, Ducati Hypermotard 1100S, Suzuki VStrom 650, Yamaha Radian, MZ 125SM
What would Little Mouse say?
Jul 8th 2020, 12:35 PM   #7
 DarthVader's Avatar
 
  Mar 2016
  Maple Falls

  ZX14
she would wonder why the hell I have another ZX14!...lol
Jul 8th 2020, 01:05 PM   #8
 
  Feb 2016
  Spokane

  Vstrom 1000, DRZ 400 XR600 and way to many vintage mxers to list
DarthVader:

I have read the posts about your loss and it deeply saddens me. I am not someone in the bleachers, I have been exactly where you are at. This post is meant to be respectful to you, but with some hard advice.

My wife was killed in a car accident. She stopped for the traffic jam in front of her, the semi truck behind her did not. At the time our children were two and four. I kissed my wife goodbye and then watched her die 20 minutes later. If you think that was hard, try explaining her death to your children.

It is hard and it takes time, but you have to find yourself. There is a reason why the rear view mirror is smaller than the windshield. You don't ride your motorcycle looking in the rear view mirror, and you shouldn't live your life like that.

I can't tell you whether you should quit riding or not. I can tell you figure out what it is that you want to do moving forward and do it. I am sure your deceased loved one would want you to do that.

If you choose to give up riding until the emotions simmer down (and they will) you can always come back.
Jul 8th 2020, 01:27 PM   #9
 DarthVader's Avatar
 
  Mar 2016
  Maple Falls

  ZX14
Quote:
Originally Posted by Syringe
This might sound like [even more] bizarre advice from me on this site, but here goes:

I suggest you do a track day with a new rider school. You'll immediately meet some new folks and enjoy a novel experience with your motorbike. There are still a bunch of them at the Ridge this season from several different providers.

not my cup of tea....was my other half that enjoyed that...
Jul 8th 2020, 01:37 PM   #10
 DarthVader's Avatar
 
  Mar 2016
  Maple Falls

  ZX14
Quote:
Originally Posted by dstevens
DarthVader:

I have read the posts about your loss and it deeply saddens me. I am not someone in the bleachers, I have been exactly where you are at. This post is meant to be respectful to you, but with some hard advice.

My wife was killed in a car accident. She stopped for the traffic jam in front of her, the semi truck behind her did not. At the time our children were two and four. I kissed my wife goodbye and then watched her die 20 minutes later. If you think that was hard, try explaining her death to your children.

It is hard and it takes time, but you have to find yourself. There is a reason why the rear view mirror is smaller than the windshield. You don't ride your motorcycle looking in the rear view mirror, and you shouldn't live your life like that.

I can't tell you whether you should quit riding or not. I can tell you figure out what it is that you want to do moving forward and do it. I am sure your deceased loved one would want you to do that.

If you choose to give up riding until the emotions simmer down (and they will) you can always come back.
thx....she was last in my life to pass....I dont have much for family now. being on disability sux. once bike is gone, I wont have the means to get another. I do enjoy riding, but with this C-19 its just not the same and so many dont seem to take it serious. I'm just "existing" at the moment, and for what?...I dont foresee being involved with anyone even close to what I had. been getting my affairs in order so as to get a small apt and see how that goes..
Jul 8th 2020, 04:42 PM   #11
 uhoh's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Tri-Cities, dry side of Washington

  Kawasaki C-14
Quote:
Originally Posted by DarthVader
I do not want it in an apt complex as it will get trashed or stollen.
Add Comprehensive coverage to insurance - about $35 a year..
Covers theft, vandalism - anything that happens when you're not operating it.
Jul 8th 2020, 05:25 PM   #12
 DarthVader's Avatar
 
  Mar 2016
  Maple Falls

  ZX14
Quote:
Originally Posted by uhoh
Add Comprehensive coverage to insurance - about $35 a year..
Covers theft, vandalism - anything that happens when you're not operating it.
it has full coverage...its just not in my DNA to leave a bike out alone at night!...and this bike is way to nice to do that too!...if I get a ground floor apt, maybe just maybe I may just keep it and park it inside!...but at this point, not holding my breath.
Jul 8th 2020, 07:45 PM   #13
 lazyeye's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Lebanon, OR

  2014 Interceptor
You asked us as enthusiasts what our advice is. You must know on some level that we would tell you to keep riding because that's what we do. Listen to your sub conscious on this one.
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Jul 9th 2020, 06:11 AM   #14
 Parilla125's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  SeaTac

Quit. If you find you miss it you CAN get back into it as long as you do not insist on have a ZX14 or such. If you require such to enjoy riding then you may not be able to ride any more. Best of luck in your decision.
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Jul 9th 2020, 08:29 AM   #15
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  Jan 2019
  Methow Valley

  ATK Rotax, Buell xb12ss, CL160
I'd say if your minds not right, you might give it a break. It sounds like for several reasons, the enjoyment is no longer there. Doesn't mean you have to pull the pin and grenade the whole thing. Keep the bike until you're sure that maybe fly fishing or a smaller adventure bike isn't your next interest. I really like the dstevens windshield analogy. Some good advice we all can carry around. Loosing a loved one is brutal and hits everyone differently. The other stuff about where to store your bike, where to move, where to ride, C-19,.... all that stuff is solvable. Look through the turn, down the road.
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