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I’ve always wanted a motorcycle but never got one. Now I’m in my sixties. How old is too old for a motorcycle?

A:

It depends.

There are plenty of people who enjoy motorcycles in their 60s, 70s or even 80s. In fact, the average age of motorcyclists has steadily increased. In 1998, the average motorcyclist was 33. In 2003, it was 40. Now, the average age of an American Motorcyclist Association member is 48.

But there are things that older riders should take into account when considering a motorcycle. As you get older, your bones and muscles weaken, your reflexes slow, your vision changes, and you may lose your sense of balance. These physical changes and any existing health problems can affect your ability to safely maneuver a motorcycle and survive a Boca Raton motorcycle wreck.

Physical Strength - A motorcycle weighs 600 to 800 pounds. You don't have to be a body builder to ride a motorcycle but you do need enough strength to lift your bike off its stand and balance it while getting on. You also need enough leg strength to balance the bike when starting or stopping. And, if you drop the bike, you need enough strength to pick it up.

Bone strength - Bone strength is a separate issue from physical strength. Older bones break more easily.  They also take longer to heal. For an older motorcyclist, even a minor crash cause serious injury. If you decide to buy a motorcycle, it is important that you also invest in safety gear.

Reflexes - When you are riding a motorcycle at 50 miles per hour, you only have seconds to react to the unexpected. Any delay may cause serious injury or even death.

Vision changes - As you age, your eyes may become dry. Dry eye can cause discomfort and interfere with your vision. You may also find it harder to see at night and in low light levels. Finally, you may lose some peripheral vision. This means you will need to adjust your mirrors to make up for the loss.

Balance problems - Riding a motorcycle is about balance. If you are suffering balance difficulties or vertigo, you may want to reconsider motorcycle ownership.

Preexisting Medical Conditions - Some preexisting medical conditions can make it difficult to ride a motorcycle. Other conditions may mean that it takes you longer to heal if you are injured in a Boca Raton motorcycle accident. Talk to your doctor about whether riding a motorcycle is right for you.

If you are injured in a Florida motorcycle crash, Boca Raton motorcycle injury lawyer David Glatthorn can help. Let David deal with the insurance companies on your behalf, so you can focus on getting well. To schedule a free consultation, contact David Glatthorn at 866-413-5525.

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Since 1980, Attorney David Glatthorn has been serving the residents of West Palm Beach. He works in many areas of personal injury law, including car accidents, slip and fall injuries, workplace injuries and many others. Know for his dedication and experience, if you were injured due to another person's negligence, call David Glatthorn Law today.