Average age ?


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What is your age?

Below 30
13
2%
30-34
8
1%
35-39
16
3%
40-44
28
4%
45-49
50
8%
50-54
95
15%
55-59
143
23%
60-64
124
20%
65-69
98
16%
70+
56
9%
 
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Average age ?

Postby Sally » Sun May 26, 2013 7:52 am



I have read that the average age of goldwing rider is a bit older. I'm wondering what the average is here on this site ? and why it's older riders on goldwings ? is it price ? or knowledge ?what is it ?? I find that at 47 I seem to be young for this group but also fine that even if going a bit fast or something cops seem to look the otherway.I know that if I was on a louder bike more sporty bike or a cruiser I would have been stopped.. I don't do much with the local GWRRA as a member because they are older and riding to get ice cream with them just don't fit me. As I do ride to get ice cream. I stay a member because of Wingworld and the knowledge out there but don't seem to fit not to mention the wifes not up with that either. I do love the wing....Sally :lol:



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Re: Average age ?

Postby thrasherg » Sun May 26, 2013 8:02 am

I am 48 and have had my wing for almost 3 years, so similar age group to you.. :lol: Maturing nicely...

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Re: Average age ?

Postby bustedwing » Sun May 26, 2013 8:32 am

I am 57 now but have been on Gold Wings for approximately 20 years so I was a youngster on a Wing also. But all that means is that you discovered a great bike at a young age, nothing wrong with that. Some people just take longer!
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Re: Average age ?

Postby Mag » Sun May 26, 2013 9:34 am

49 now, but have been riding Golds since 27...and ask my wife, I do not act my age at all, lol. I do agree with the "groups" comment, I rode with GWTA for a long time and I was definitely one of the youngest by far and got to a point of riding to the same places doing the same things, so stopped the group thing. I think now I prefer to be the "lone wolf" rider and meet up with others on the road and ride with them as I go.

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Re: Average age ?

Postby Sally » Sun May 26, 2013 11:59 am

Very cool maybe the wing riders are getting younger?? maybe..Mag I'm the same way lone wolf rider, but it's great to meet other while riding . Just like to ride when and where I want. Besides I really don't trust to many riders when in a group one little miss and down go 5 or six bikes.. Sally

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Re: Average age ?

Postby crock4 » Mon May 27, 2013 9:35 am

I'm 64. I love riding my Goldwing with my wife of 40 yrs. Have been a GWRRA member for about 7 yrs, but do not belong to the local chapter. We prefer to ride alone, or with my daughter, and son in law who also rides a Goldwing. (He is 40). I belong to GWRRA for the magazine, Gold book, and Rescue plus. On another note, if I rode alone I think I would like to try the F6B, however 2 up there is only one. The original!!!!!
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Re: Average age ?

Postby twostrokes48 » Mon May 27, 2013 10:13 pm

Well, I'm 66 now but as others who started years ago, I was an original goldwing rider I got my first 75 wing in '75 at the age of 28. I would have had one sooner, but they hadn't made them yet..It was a major change from the CB750 for sure. I wasn't sure I liked it until about 6 months of riding it. But, that is because I was so used to being able to throw the CB750 around in heavy traffic or twisties. It took me that long to get comfortable with the Wing.

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Re: Average age ?

Postby eklimek » Tue May 28, 2013 6:04 am

Might be interesting to ask what is the combined age and years of work experience.

Anticipate 90 would be about right.

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Re: Average age ?

Postby themainviking » Tue May 28, 2013 6:18 am

I am in my 65th year, and was late to Goldwings. I rode a Harley for 47 years, but the vibration got to be too much for my tendonitis. I still wanted to ride, and by ride, I do not mean from bar to bar, or from coffee shop to coffee shop. A friend in the same situation as mine, healthwise, bought a GL1800 and let me take if for the day. At the end of the day, I called my local dealership and bought one. I lost a lot of "buddies" who obviously were not actually friends, from the Harley side of the tracks. I belong to GWRRA for the same reasons as listed above, but I do go on group rides with the local chapter, and I do belong to it, even though they might not consider me a 'good' member. I am pretty much a lone duck most of the time, as I am one of the few in the chapter who is fully retired. We have quite a few members between 40 and 55. When our chapter rides, it is normally a 250 mile day to go get something for one of us from a bling shop, or to go eat in another city or town. When I ride alone, I get more miles beneath my tires. I have only had this Goldwing just over two years, but I was never one that knocked other peoples bikes, although if you rode non Harley, you could not join some of the clubs I was in in the past. I always knew that Honda made good products - in fact I had them all over the place, from trikes to 4X4s to generators and snowblowers and lawnmowers. Everything around here is Honda. The Goldwing was just another step in my evolution. Even Sonny Barger, in one of his books, stated that if Honda had made big bikes in the sixties, the Hells Angels would probably have been riding them instead of Harleys. In my opinion he is correct, due to reliability, and power. Onward and upward.

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Re: Average age ?

Postby WingAdmin » Tue May 28, 2013 12:11 pm

I added a poll to this topic - scroll up to the top to cast your vote, or just click here: Average Age Poll

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Re: Average age ?

Postby Sally » Tue May 28, 2013 7:21 pm

Thanks for adding the poll.This is very intersting to me to find out this information seems like so far 45-54 yoa. Thanks to everyone that has responded. I also don't care what make of bike you ride as long as you ride. But it does piss me off when other can't wave.I all so lost a riding buddy when he bought a hog now he can't be seen with me. OH well his lost. Sally

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Re: Average age ?

Postby eklimek » Tue May 28, 2013 8:12 pm

On the topic of waving ... How come when I ride one of my "little" bikes I become invisible? Same old guy, same outfit, just 750 cc's less and invisible.

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Re: Average age ?

Postby themainviking » Tue May 28, 2013 8:41 pm

Sally wrote:I all so lost a riding buddy when he bought a hog now he can't be seen with me. OH well his lost. Sally


We cannot change others, only ourselves. I accept their ignorance as their problem, not mine. I am too old and life is far too short to waste it on that kind of BS. In fact, as life is short, desert should be eaten first (and I really do, do, this [if the subject desert is interesting]). As I said, onward and upward. Ain't life grand?
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Re: Average age ?

Postby redial » Tue May 28, 2013 8:51 pm

I am a bit past retirement, and still ride. I live in the country, so not much traffic to worry about. While my health holds out, and that is being checked regularly by three specialists and one GP, I will keep riding.

Anyway, anyone that rides a Goldwing is not average - in any respect!!
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Re: Average age ?

Postby Mag » Tue May 28, 2013 9:18 pm

eklimek wrote:On the topic of waving ... How come when I ride one of my "little" bikes I become invisible? Same old guy, same outfit, just 750 cc's less and invisible.


I wave more to others than they wave to me. Only place I do not wave is on the freeway (3 lanes either direction), but when I am on city streets or hi-way/country roads, I always acknowledge fellow "non-cagers"

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Re: Average age ?

Postby Big Blue UK » Wed May 29, 2013 1:25 am

I bought and dressed up in Vetter and Craven equipment my first GoldWing in 1982 when I was 25, and could afford 900cc+ insurance. Back then as we progressed to superbikes I was the only one amongst biker mates who owned a Honda let alone what was then regarded as a LeadWing. 10 1/2st with a 28" waist I was mesmerised by my behemoth though. A little over 30 years later I get the same thrill, but wish I was the same weight. Difference nowadays when I go to a bike meet or go on a ride out with bikers, everyone rides a GoldWing.
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Re: Average age ?

Postby bustedwing » Wed May 29, 2013 8:48 am

Mainviking, I try really hard to just ignore it people that now refuse to acknowledge that I am there, but it just tears me up knowing how many I have picked up and hauled into a hospital trying to save their lives, and even tho I am no longer on a rescue squad but if a deer jumped out I can still help a downed biker. But no matter, why take that attitude? Anybody riding is a brother or sister. We all have to watch out for the deadly cager, my Honda has American history just like a Harley, , I have been riding for 40 years or more but because I am on a Honda and not a Harley they stick their nose in the air and ignore my wave. I guess pride goes deep and I can't figure out why someone has to be so petty. Sorry to vent guys.
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Re: Average age ?

Postby crock4 » Wed May 29, 2013 12:25 pm

The part about waving reminds me of a cute story. The wife, and I were out riding about 3 weeks ago on a beautiful sunny day, and I noticed that there was a bike behind me. I didn't think too much about it except to keep an eye on him when he passed me. I waved as he went by and got the cold shoulder, (yes he was riding a Harley). Well I caught up with him at a red light, and when I pulled up next to him he looked straight ahead, and would not even look. Well this kind of pissed me off so I blew my horn, and when he looked I blew him a kiss. I think it shocked the hell out of him. All I know is when the light turned green I got on down the road. Never saw him again, but did get a chuckle out of the wife.

All I know is I wave to everbody no matter what they ride. It's all about the ride, not what you ride. Those other kind of people are probably not happy people anyway, and think anti-social behaver is normal.
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Re: Average age ?

Postby Sally » Wed May 29, 2013 6:11 pm

WOW !! I want to reply to all of you.Just can't type that much HA HA,You guys feel exactly like I do, I agree with both sides I love to ride and wave to everyone and don't care what you ride just as long as their riding. But on the other hand I still get pissed Just because they think their better than me. I have stopped at least five time to help broken down HD rider because I hope they would stop and help me if needed. NOT any more.I agree life is to short we need to move forward and onward.And I will just without them **********.A few years ago they had the yearly hog rally here in the fingerlakes I wanted to speak to a pin stripper there he was waiting for me. I was stopped at the gate and NOT aloud in because I didn't have a HD.I called him from the gate he came out to see me. I guess he must have brang this up because at the next HD rally some vendors bouycotted it. I try to help anyone but after I'm crapped on I'm like a light switch I'll turn you off and never help you again. In fact it happened today to me. A single mother where I work lawn tractor broke down a few weeks ago I had just scrapped the mower off one that would fit.I called the scrapper spend two hours getting it back for her.Then she asked if I could make the repair for her she had no money and no one to help ex husband on the road her parents are in AZ and not back yet from winter .So I drove an hour made repairs installed parts so she had a way to mow her lawn. everyone at work know I had helped her as I have helped all of them.Someone asked about her mower today at lunch. She replied It was repaired and she had sold it.someone asked if she paid me for parts then ? She said no that money is gone already.Should I be pissed ?? Not sure I gave her the parts,BUT YES I AM. I will never help her again period. DONE.. Sorry to rambly but I feel better already Sally :D :D

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Re: Average age ?

Postby twostrokes48 » Wed May 29, 2013 8:37 pm

There are mainly two types of people, givers and takers....She obviously is a taker. I like you, would not help her again. I have found that most Wing riders are givers and look to help others before worrying about themselves.I was broke down once though on my 84 Aspy working on it in a parking lot. Had to lay down under it to do the job. Heel/toe shifter linkage came lose, lost the bolt and was rigging up something to make it work. Well a rough looking dude on a Harley pulled into the parking lot and ask if I needed help. I told him the problem and said I figured out how to rig it up, but was having trouble getting to the spot I needed to get at.
He came off his bike broke out a massive took kit and ask to let him at it. I gladly got up off the 120deg pavement for a break. 10 min later he had removed the bolt I was going to use from another place on the bike and had it hooked up and working fine. We zip tied the other place that the bolt was removed from, a non critical connection. We talked a bit, a gave me a business card and when I offered to pay him, he said. "No, I only want you to pass it on. Never leave a biker stranded if you can help". I have lived by that ever since. In the past 4 years, I have helped at least 10 bikes stuck on the highway, most out of gas Harleys. I even carry a special siphon hose now, and if I have my trailer, I always have 4 gal in containers ( 2 -2gal jugs) I keep on the trailer. I always tell them exactly the same thing when they try to pay me. Sometimes even the best of us need a reminder to help other bikers, unless we feel our life may be in danger. If they are obvious outlaw gang members by their colors, I drive on by. I don't consider them human anyway, so no need to help them out.

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Re: Average age ?

Postby bustedwing » Wed May 29, 2013 8:54 pm

I know what you mean Sally. I quite often do car repairs and the new parts I get a real good discount because I have been there for 25 years or more. So most repair shops add a percent onto each part plus a hefty hourly shop rate. I pass along the savings on parts an of course no shop rate so the people get a real deal, especially people that don't make much money. So I, like you, feel like a glutton for punishment. Sure I give these people a great break but come time to pay for the parts, I am left holding the bag. Now the parts company will no longer let me charge the parts so now I have to have the money before I do the work. I still owe the parts company a lit of money for parts people got for free from me an don't care to pay me back. My own stupidity, let everyone walk all over me. But no more, I gave away parts and labor thinking I was helping someone out.
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Re: Average age ?

Postby themainviking » Wed May 29, 2013 9:08 pm

About two years ago, after I had bought this Goldwing, I saw some HD riders on the side of the road. I knew one of them too. Anyway, I stopped across the highway from them and asked if I could help. The one I knew did not even look at me and one of the others told me to F*ck Off, they had it under control. So, I did just that. After I got home, I jumped in my truck and headed back out, just to see if they really did have it under control. They were still there, obviously not in control, and I stopped. They were so grateful, till I told them I was the guy on the Goldwing who had stopped on the other side of the highway. Talk about them being embarrassed. The foul mouthed one tried to put it off onto being p&ssed off at his bike. I helped them get the bike into my truck and took it to the house of the guy I knew. They also wanted to pay me, but I refused it. Strange though. None of them but the one I know has talked to me since. I still will not stop helping bikers on the highway, because I am not doing it for them. I am doing it for me. I have been an outlaw biker also, and this is a way for me to give back, and in fact, in those days, I stopped for bikers then too. We all mellow and gain maturity as we grow older, if we are lucky. If not, then all we do is die. And nobody cares. And that's sad. I am sure every one of us can come up with a like story, and I feel bad about that too. I have to accept this though, because as I said above, we can only change ourselves.
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Re: Average age ?

Postby littlebeaver » Wed May 29, 2013 9:48 pm

My daughter keeps singing to me,,"Two More Year's" "Two More Year's" then I can order off the senior menu from Denny's, she's relentlous about it too.. :lol:

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Re: Average age ?

Postby kwild » Wed May 29, 2013 10:38 pm

I'm only 20...with 34 yrs of experience. :roll:

I did however buy my 1st GW when I was 19.
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Re: Average age ?

Postby littlebeaver » Wed May 29, 2013 11:23 pm

themainviking wrote:About two years ago, after I had bought this Goldwing, I saw some HD riders on the side of the road. I knew one of them too. Anyway, I stopped across the highway from them and asked if I could help. The one I knew did not even look at me and one of the others told me to F*ck Off, they had it under control. So, I did just that. After I got home, I jumped in my truck and headed back out, just to see if they really did have it under control. They were still there, obviously not in control, and I stopped. They were so grateful, till I told them I was the guy on the Goldwing who had stopped on the other side of the highway. Talk about them being embarrassed. The foul mouthed one tried to put it off onto being p&ssed off at his bike. I helped them get the bike into my truck and took it to the house of the guy I knew. They also wanted to pay me, but I refused it. Strange though. None of them but the one I know has talked to me since. I still will not stop helping bikers on the highway, because I am not doing it for them. I am doing it for me. I have been an outlaw biker also, and this is a way for me to give back, and in fact, in those days, I stopped for bikers then too. We all mellow and gain maturity as we grow older, if we are lucky. If not, then all we do is die. And nobody cares. And that's sad. I am sure every one of us can come up with a like story, and I feel bad about that too. I have to accept this though, because as I said above, we can only change ourselves.

Really a good story ...Those guys didn't deserve your help...You made them feel like two cents on that day..Every last one of them..Good on you man..the one you knew didn't even look up at you, I would have smacked him..just because..




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