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2 Geezers and 2 KTM’s

Old Lyle

Having just acquired an almost new 2017 KTM 450 SX I was anxious to get it broken in and set up for the 2018 Old Timer Motocross series. Since the tracks around here are few and far between I was forced to mount up some old tires and head out into the desert.

Since I was going desert trail riding I made a call to a buddy, Old Lyle, as he calls himself and asked him if he would like to meet up for a ride. Since Lyle had just acquired a new KTM 500 EXC he was more than happy to go out for a ride on his new bike.

Lyle has had his KTM for a little longer and is in the process of set up and fitting it to himself. Now what is really impressive is that Lyle is about to turn 78 yrs. young and just bought this new 2017 KTM, so obviously he has no intention of quitting riding anytime soon!  I want to be like Old Lyle when I grow up! I think Lyle has surpassed the Geezer classification and now falls into the Super Geezer Class!

We met up at Lyle’s local riding area and proceeded to bust out a two and one half hour ride. Deep sand, rocks, lots of whoops and some singletrack rounded out our ride very nicely. Lyle rolls right along at a good clip and if I don’t stay close enough to see his dust he is gone and I am left wondering where the heck he went.

Lyle seems to really be enjoying his new 500 EXC since it is lighter, faster and handles better than his 2002 525 KTM that he rode for 15 yrs. When he gets it suited to him and all the adjustments dialed in I may have a hard time keeping him in sight.

We finished our ride, loaded up, said our good byes and headed home. As I was driving I was wondering if Old Lyle was smiling as much as I was. Yeah, I am pretty sure he was. See ya next time Lyle, maybe I will bring a younger friend for you to beat up on instead of just me.


‘I thought getting older would take a lot longer!’

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