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A bit of a sad day really. My brother Trev and I have decided to hang up our riding boots for health reasons but thought we would have one last trail ride together on our local lanes.

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We didn't get many photos but it was a lovely day for it - dry but not too dusty.

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The overgrowth is starting to make itself known but, fortunately, we were not attacked by brambles and dog roses as would be the case in a few weeks' time.biggrin

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But we encountered some very tricky lanes that had been badly washed out by recent thunderstorms. In one case a 3-foot gulley had been washed out exposing high voltage cables. Needless to say, we kept as far away from them as we could! I struggled to stay upright and moving forwards so no chance of taking any photos - sorry!

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We ended the run at our favourite pasty stop and they were certainly worth stopping for!

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Both TTRs ran well and no hiccups. Trev's is a standard 250 and mine is fitted with a Totally TTRs awesome 350 big-bore kit wink

The bikes didn't get too muddy thank goodness as we will be cleaning them up and putting them up for sale in a few weeks' time.

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Brian Its been nice riding with you over the years we have all been clocking up the miles and age and time catches up with everyone. And boots have to be hung up at some point
Martyn

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I agree with Martyn too - the day has to come sometime.  cry

Mine came about 4 years ago when I was diagnosed with MS. I gave up riding and driving and bought a mobility scooter.

I smashed my first scooter in a big way and the replacement has now clocked 2,500 miles since November 2021.

Slowly getting there.  wink

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Hi Brian,
Sorry to hear this.
It’s not an over indulgence of Pasties is it ?
I’m only 8 months younger than you and I’ve got no intention of hanging up the Boots yet but I’ve still got very good health going on.
I bought a 1980/81 Montesa Cota 200 about a year ago and have been tidying that up.
The tidy-up has finished now and I’m in the process of trying to learn how to ride it.
Getting up to the standing position from the seat is tough but I think it’s a matter of under-used Thighs !
It’s easy to do it on the TTR but the Cota’s seat is a much lower.
I think someone on the Forum says something like “You are never too old to learn to try something stupid.”
Stay healthy Mate and all the very best.
Jeff


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Good luck Brian and Trev.
Sad day for you both though!


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This is sad Brian. I still drive but slower and more carefully.
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That's a sad day for you but I bet you could tell a fair few tales of your time on the little ttrs!

I hope you are still able to enjoy your road bikes? Luckily there's plenty of nice rides to be had in your part of the world :)

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GOOD LUCK BRIAN IVE STILL GOT MY TTR250 NOT RIDDEN FOR A FEW YEARS BUT STILL RIDE MY SUZUKI 1200 BANDIT BEEN TO IOM ON IT THIS YEAR ON IT ITS GETTING HEAVY NOW MIGHT USE TTR FOR OVER THERE NEXT YEAR & SELL BANDIT STILL ONLY 20000 MILES ON IT WE WILL SEE

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Thank you for all your kind words gentlemen. I feel truly honoured.

I am in my early 70s now but have heart issues - and a fear of breaking bones!

After selling the 350, I will still have a Kawasaki W800 road bike, which I love, a BSA C15 restoration which is nearing completion, and a 1955 BSA Golden Flash 650cc twin.

My brother Trev has a similar Kawasaki, a W650 and we do a bit of road riding where the destination is usually a cafe of some sort, preferably one that serves good pasties wink We have intercoms which make all the difference to my enjoyment of the ride. I am almost hoarse by the end of the day!

The Golden Flash will start first time every time if you get a good swing on the kickstart but, sadly my right knee is knackered and, if I don't get it first time then it’s a struggle. I haven't mastered the left leg kick  So that one is up for sale also.

I will be lurking around here for a long time yet so it's not goodbye biggrin

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Hi Brian,
It’s good to hear that Motorbike Riding isn’t totally out of your life.
Just a thought:
Pasties and Heart problems ?
A possible connection there ?
Nar, can’t see that ! 😬
Better post some photos of the Beezer C15 when she’s finished.
Cheers
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Brian, I'm sorry and sad to hear that you and Trev are hanging up your trail riding boots. I have just done exactly that myself and sold my beloved TTR. I have been riding motorbikes for 44+ years and trail riding on and off since the early 80's, I will now continue to ride and enjoy various road bikes, old Brits, modern Japanese and even an old HD! Motorcycling is a wonderfully social pastime and there is much fun to be had with gentle ride outs to meet up with friends for breakfasts, coffee, ice cream etc. I wish you and Trev all the very best for your future riding years and thank you for all you have done and written about in the brilliant TTR250 community it has made my five years of TTR ownership all the more pleasurable. Cheers!'🍻😎👍

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Sad to hear but there is a time when we need to call it a day, I sold my Thruxton a few weeks back but bought another ebike, having plenty of fun on that, so as long as we are happy & safe that's all that matters.

Good luck & stay safe & healthy

Rds Terry

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Great pics...Glad to hear you'll still be riding, but maybe not on the trails.Thanks for all your knowledge you've shared on here  its been a massive source of help!

Regards

J



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