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Any Old Guys (Over 50) Riding the Africa Twin?

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I'm over 60 and used to ride Enduros in my teens and 20s so when a road worthy dirt bike the size of the Africa Twin, after researching the possible alternatives (KTM, BMW, Ducatti, Triumph, Yamaha, etc.), it stimulated my desire to get back in the saddle again. It's a different world with issues like no insured medical coverage for motorcyclists with my insurance company (in my state?) and a lack of bikes on the road but a plethora of automobiles. Finally I hopped on a section I-24 for three exits and while crossing the Ohio river at 75 mph was blown about a bit then was blown passed by a Harley bagger and a much smaller Suzuki dual sport. Am I just getting Old? I enjoy the twisties through the woods and the dirt roads, small stream crossings and logging roads even with the stock 90/10s but I'm sure this might be more fun with say a set of Shinko 804/805 combo. I have Nelson Rigg panniers, 15 liter rolls and a 30L Tail Bag but haven't used anything but the panniers for shopping and extra weather gear. Also I have a Oxford First Tank Bag that I don't recommend. The plan is to do some camping, if time permits? I am relatively short (5'8") with a mid life gut and find that wrong footing like stopping beside an unexpected pothole (patched) is enough to cause a critical shift in the bikes gravity (I fell) and subsequent embarrassment. So feel free to share yours!
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Will turn 53 in a couple of weeks and I absolutely love my '17 AT! She has 52,000 miles and still going strong.

I am new to riding bought my first MC at 45 (a Honda NC700X), put 40,000 miles on it before getting the AT.

I firmly believe riding is keeping mobile and contributed greatly to my 100 pound weight loss, feeling better than I have in years.

Broke the ends off my tibia and fibula last year riding a trail on my AT, two plates and ten screws later I am ready to tackle the trail again this July!

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