Is motorcycling a young man’s (or woman’s) sport or an older one’s? What’s the perfect age for safe fast motorcycling? The video here is a fast lap with John McGuinness, who’s won 19 titles, as of this year, at the Isle of Man TT… McGuinness is a great rider who’s done this for a good long time, and he’s 40 years old. No one who watches the TT says, “he’s fast…for an old guy.” Because it takes YEARS to learn the course, and to have the restraint necessary to push a race prepped Superbike to the very limit, and yet never exceed that limit.
This second video is the underground racing (hoodlum) king, Ghost Rider… He’s also right around the same age as McGuinness. So what is it about going fast and being older?
Now I know it doesn’t take much to find examples of fast young riders, like Casey Stoner, Jorge Lorenzo… Or if you’re local – someone like Elena Myers. But what’s interesting is – in the cases of McGuinness and Ghost Rider, I think they’ve gotten faster and better as they’ve aged.
So what’s the perfect age to ride? Beats me. Starting young (like at 4 years old) is always a good thing… But if I started riding when I was 16 (which was when I started driving a car), I don’t think I’d be here to write this today. What do you think is a good age to ride? What do you think is a good age to start riding? Share the wealth in the comments section!