Been doing some thinking the last few years about how much longer I'll be able to ride. Got my first bike when I was 14 and except for a few years when riding wasn't really an option, been doing this thing I love for nearly my whole life. Seems the issue anymore is my body at times just doesn't seem up to it. Worked hard my whole life and if I wasn't riding a bike, I was riding a sled. Have had my share of incidents. Both at work and riding. Mostly I've healed up well, but it seems I have a bad habit of re-injuring myself.....and anymore it just takes forever to heal up. Sucks to get old. Just in the last few months, I screwed up a foot pretty bad, still not 100%, but probably can ride. Earlier this year and also last fall, re-injured both arms. In my younger days I tore up a rotator cuff when I flipped the Arctic Cat crossing a bare ice lake at high speed at night, while drinking. Also tore ligaments in both forearms heaving railroad ties around. Now it doesn't take a lot to screw them up again. Right now I got a really sore neck. Don't know what brought this on, but even if I had my bike back, I don't think could stand the extra weight of a helmet. Over the years, starting back when I was a kid, I hit a big damned rock which sent me flying over the handlebars. First or 2nd day I had my CL125. Got ran off the road and through a drainage ditch. A girl in a VW ran a red light. I broad-sided it, went over the top. Collapsed lung and 5 fractured ribs. Still got the scars from that one. Came over a viaduct to find traffic stopped dead in the road. Ass-ended a car full of punks from my HS. Flew over the top of the car, landing on the street in FRONT of the car. They beat the hell out of me too. Went down and banged up my left knee. Hit some gravel at high speed while careening around a curve. My bike hit a tree, I somehow did not. Woke up in the hospital. Nothing broken, but more wear and tear on my body. Totaled the bike. Killed the tree. Bailed off my JD Spitfire when lost it on the ice. I missed the telephone pole, but wrapped the sled around it. More wear and tear on the old bag of bones, but could have been much worse. Did the number that messed up the rotator. Took months to heal. One day going around a sharp curve at low speed, the KZ refused to turn, sending me through a ditch and into a fence. Never could figure out what happened, but more wear and tear on the foot/ankle. Hit some unexpected gravel when braking hard.....right before a curve. Put me down again, this time doing a number on my other knee. Won't even get into all the other injuries I had on the job or in cars. Anyhow I'm just wondering how much more this body of mine can take and if I should really continue to tempt fate. At least the ZL has been kind to me. Then again these bikes handle well and inspire confidence. Plus I'm a lot wiser now and don't push it to the limit. Anybody else thinking about how much longer they can or should ride? For the record my 60th Bday is rapidly approaching. Except for these nagging injuries, I don't feel any different than in my younger days and haven't really changed my lifestyle much. Getting tired of pain though. As I sit here typing this I'm hurting pretty bad.