As you browse our pages, you will gain an understanding of who we are, what we are about, and where we are going. What you won't gain is a solid grasp of who we are as people, who we are as riders, and who we are as members of this outstanding organization, Top Cats - Illinois. Let me explain.....
Originally, Top Cats – Illinois was formed by a group of motorcycle enthusiasts who were business men and women. Their purpose was to enjoy business networking and the sport of motorcycling. Over the past decade and a half, Top Cats has evolved into a first – class group of motorcycle enthusiasts who enjoy conservative and safe riding, socializing, networking, and community involvement.
Today, any visitor to a Top Cat meeting, or a Top Cat event, will quickly realize that our group is one that easily welcomes newcomers, embraces safe riding, and provides opportunities for great riding adventures in a safe environment.
As people, our members are business owners, executives, and entrepreneurs (Top Cats) who are riders, co-riders, or non-riders. All, however, are motorcycle enthusiasts. And...they all have three important ideals in common; business networking, safe motorcycling, and community involvement.
By Dennis P. (Wombat) Dougherty
I was sitting at the back of the room during one of our recent club
meetings and I noticed how much our club membership has
‘matured’ over the years since I joined. More and more of us
probably have more riding days behind us than we do in front of
us. Like it or not, we’re all getting older.
Those of us 45 or older have crossed over into the category of
‘Seasoned Rider’. We’re talking age, not skills. Many younger
than 45 have lots of miles and are road tested veterans with lots of
riding experience. On the other hand, there are others in the club
that are older than 45 with little riding experience. This discussion
is simply about ‘seasoning’ due to age and the impact it has on our
skills and judgment whether you’ve been riding for 40 years or 40
What I’m about to write about won’t be the most fun thing to think about. But getting old is a
fact of life. Understanding the impacts of aging on our riding skills is key to a long life of safe
riding. I read once that a lot of people get old and quit riding. I believe the opposite is true; you
get old when you quit riding. Hopefully some of what is covered here will help us all ride
happily and safely far into the halcyon years of our life.
There are five primary areas that are impacted most as one gets older:
Strength and Stamina