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I have a 748 and wonder how much longer I can realistically ride it. I just turned 40 so I think I’m good for a while but when is it time to find something more comfortable and easier to get on and off?

Not some super freak human who rides one daily at 90...the average person!
 

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I'm coming up on 65 y.o. and I plan to ride my 999 to 70 and beyond. That said, I have a Yamaha FZ1 with a Russell-Day-long seat for long rides and multi-day rides.
 

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I love my 748 and plan on her bein here a long time! I have to admit I also love the 848 dark to ADD one day!
 

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40? You are way too old. Sell it now and get a Cadillac. :laugh:

There is no one answer. It all depends on you and your personal body. If you can ride in reasonable comfort, for you.
Ride on! :wink2:
 

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That's entirely about your body shape, and your physical fitness (especially core strength).
I'm 55, and I have a Monster, not a superbike.
But I just strapped on some baggage and rode it 1500 miles in 3 days, to get from NH to Kansas City.
If you keep fit and in practice, you can ride for a long time.
I have known several people into their 70's or 80's who continued to ride whatever they wanted to.

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I'm mid 40's and I expect to keep riding all of my superbikes for another 30 years. Stay fit and active and I can't understand how it would be an issue.
 
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I have a 748 and wonder how much longer I can realistically ride it. I just turned 40 so I think I’m good for a while but when is it time to find something more comfortable and easier to get on and off?

Not some super freak human who rides one daily at 90...the average person!
I'm 43 dude, and you can't start talkin' bout leaning back and kicking your feet forward at 40 unless you got a legit back problem which we will require proof of via Xray!!!!!
 

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I'll be 68 next month, I ride all my bikes in turn and all four of them have clipons and rearsets... get yourself a tube of Voltaren, a packet of Advill and just get on with it >:)
 

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I don't know about all this fitness stuff, I smoke and drink, no exercise, 53 and very comfortable on my 916. The trick is to make your legs and torso do all the work (stomp grip on the tank helps) loose bent arms with loose hands, you can ride all day. To quote Keith Code from California Superbike School. The handlebars are for steering not supporting your weight.

I did his school at 45 and expected to be the oldest there, i was probably average age, lots of guys in their 50s doing it.
 

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40? As long as you can still fold yourself up enough to fit on one, and still actually want to ride one, the new V4 should be a classic before that time comes.
 

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Depends on how your health goes. I've got friends in their 70s who still do 500+ mile days on sportbikes with clip ons. I've got other friends in their 60s who are done with sportbikes for anything longer than 100 miles because they've been weakened or impacted by things like cancer and strokes. Personally, I'm 59 and I can see my sportbike days ending. Used to regularly do 500-600 mile days on sportbikes, but a bulging disc in my neck is starting to make this harder to do without ending up with neck problems and persistent tingling in my left shoulder and arm after these rides.
 

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I’m in good shape and at only 40 am 100% time! I’m more asking since I’m thinking of adding a 848 or another M900. The Monster was the bike that stole my heart with a ducati and will always hold a very special place. The 848 dark is just gorgeous. I do have a career that requires me to wear an extra 35 pounds around my waist daily so my back is aged a bit over 40 but still strong! Lol
 

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Before he passed away late last year, my Grandfather was the oldest insured motorcycle rider in WI at the tender age of 88 years old :)

Granted he didn't put on too many miles, but at least 2x a year in his 80's he would take his old Suzuki out for a 5-10 mile ride. Before that he would typically ride 4-5k miles a year.
 

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Before he passed away late last year, my Grandfather was the oldest insured motorcycle rider in WI at the tender age of 88 years old :)

Granted he didn't put on too many miles, but at least 2x a year in his 80's he would take his old Suzuki out for a 5-10 mile ride. Before that he would typically ride 4-5k miles a year.
I hope to do this. Also to go out shot by a jealous husband. :laugh:
 

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I don’t think it’s the age as much as the miles. I’m 66 but my body has been beat up so many times over the decades that I can’t ride the Superbikes and more. Breaking vertebra in my neck twice is the real show stopper. But my friend is 79 and he can handle the ergonomics better than I can.


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