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To Molly I say: I started at 58—I had never ridden before and it took me three tries to pass the MSF test. I have now been riding for more than a decade. The first two years I dropped my bike twice and broke my collarbone in one case. In the second case I broke my wrist. But I never once considered giving up. I'm now 70 and ride my Harley nearly every day. I plan on riding for at least another decade. As long as you are in good health, age should not hold you back. If balance becomes a problem or you feel your reaction time is slowing, that's a different matter...otherwise, I say, go for it. For inspiration, read Gloria: A Lifetime Motorcyclist, (75 years on two wheels and still riding) by Gloria Tramontin Struck.

Christine
Everett, WA
Thursday, July 9, 2020
I have been riding for several years, I ride a Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe and I am pretty short! I have several problems with my lower back and my private parts hurting if I ride for any length of time. Have you heard of any other women having this kind of problem? Any suggestion or help you have would be much appreciated.

Debbie
Roseville, MI
Saturday, May 12, 2018
Editor Response
Hi Debbie. Thank you for your question. This would make a great "Reader's Question," as I'm sure many of our readers can relate to your issues.

Keep an eye out for it in our reader's questions section.
Tricia Szulewski, Associate Editor
Reading the comments has helped more than anything. My spouse has really encouraged me to take up riding so that we can do this together. I took the MSF beginner's course when I was 61. The course was taught by a group of instructor trainees under supervision one of whom seemed to have developed his own set of hand signals. The combination of beginner rider and beginner instructor was not a good one for me and I ended up dumping the motorcycle just off the pavement, fracturing my left forefinger in the process.

Now mad, I gathered myself together, jammed my glove back on, and completed the course. I got my learner's permit but wasn't able to ride for another year or more due to the fracture and subsequent stiffness.

I'm 65 now and wondering if I'm too old. I still ski regularly and would like to continue with the challenge. I guess I'm harboring a fear of getting hurt.

Molly Pratt
Pittsford, VT
Thursday, July 6, 2017
Editor Response
Hi Molly,
I'm sorry to hear you had a bad experience in the MSF course. One of the most important things we now teach in the RiderCourse is about self-assessment. Only you can assess your own limitations in regard to your health, strength, fear, and desire. Motorcycling does come with risk, as you know, so think about it carefully. You can always take another class to see if you have the confidence and desire to push through that fear.

Good luck!
Szulewski Tricia
Very informative articles.

Nina
Barnesville, PA
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
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