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Getting Older

Post by minimac » Mon Mar 06, 2017 12:49 pm



One of the issues I'm starting to have-which I find disconcerting- is swinging my leg up and over getting on and off the bike, especially after riding for a couple of hours. I previously had used the centerstand almost exclusively, but I'm starting to have an issue even using the sidestand. I may regretfully have to just ride my scooters in the foreseeable future. :(



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Re: Getting Older

Post by 2wheelscram » Mon Mar 06, 2017 2:23 pm

I periodically visit local mc dealers to stoke my two wheel spirit by sitting on different bikes while my stripped down PC800 sits in my barn awaiting an overhaul. Now in my early 50's with a pinched nerve in my lower back and torn meniscus in one knee, I gauge the practicality of different bikes for me by whether or not I can swing a leg. I recently sat on a 1500 and an 1800 and found them to be the most comfortable of any bikes I've sat on yet.

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Re: Getting Older

Post by runnerme » Tue Mar 07, 2017 8:51 pm

Minimac, have you tried "hurdling" the bike? You know, like stepping over it.
I had to mount my Wing in that way because of an arthritic hip. It worked well for me both getting on and off. Getting off was in the direction I had mounted it from of course. I'm 5'7".
Had the hip replaced in the fall. Interested to see if I can swing the leg over again.

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Re: Getting Older

Post by Overdog » Tue Mar 07, 2017 9:19 pm

Step on the left peg with the left foot, stand up and then throw the right leg over

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Re: Getting Older

Post by Easy rider » Wed Mar 08, 2017 1:49 am

Overdog wrote:Step on the left peg with the left foot, stand up and then throw the right leg over
Even when bike is on a sidestand?

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Re: Getting Older

Post by MikeB » Wed Mar 08, 2017 1:52 am

Easy rider wrote: Even when bike is on a sidestand?
Some people do that all the time. I have a close friend that does it.
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Re: Getting Older

Post by brettchallenger » Wed Mar 08, 2017 5:05 am

Step on the left peg with the left foot, stand up and then throw the right leg over
Overdog beat me to it, I was going to suggest the exact same thing. I have a scooter as well, and mounting my GL1500 in the way described is actually easier than getting on and off the scoot.
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Re: Getting Older

Post by detdrbuzzard » Wed Mar 08, 2017 5:15 am

brettchallenger wrote:
Step on the left peg with the left foot, stand up and then throw the right leg over
Overdog beat me to it, I was going to suggest the exact same thing. I have a scooter as well, and mounting my GL1500 in the way described is actually easier than getting on and off the scoot.
i was going to suggest this method also. about six years ago a friend broke his pelvis bone and while the doc said he was all healed up standing on the peg ( he still couldn't get the bike on the center stand ) was the only way he could get on the bike. I do the same when I load up the mighty ST 1300 for a road trip cause most of my gear is in the wolfman expedition dry bag which is mounted on the passenger seat
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Re: Getting Older

Post by themainviking » Wed Mar 08, 2017 7:29 am

I just grab a holt of the cuff of my right pantleg, and lift the foot while putting my knee over the seat. My knee bends fine, so this works well for me. It is just the toe of the boot that does not want to get up high enough to swing over.
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Re: Getting Older

Post by minimac » Wed Mar 08, 2017 11:21 am

themainviking wrote:...It is just the toe of the boot that does not want to get up high enough to swing over.
That's the part I'm having trouble with. Between the old hip and my "slight overhang"! :lol:

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Re: Getting Older

Post by 2wheelscram » Wed Mar 08, 2017 11:25 am

That's what I do when I test-sit on the adventure bikes at a dealer.

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Re: Getting Older

Post by Bobsstar » Thu Mar 09, 2017 12:28 am

Mount it like it was a horse, we're all two wheel cowboys!

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Re: Getting Older

Post by Old Wing Man » Sat Mar 11, 2017 8:43 am

I mount and dismount my wing by standing on the foot peg with the side stand down. I have never found it to try to tip the bike over doing this. If the bike is setting on a slight incline to the side stand side( as sometimes happens in parking lots), I will mount and dismount on the uphill side. It is almost impossible for me to get my leg over the seat from the ground due to bad knees and worn out hips.

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Re: Getting Older

Post by NVSB4 » Sat Mar 11, 2017 11:12 am

themainviking wrote:I just grab a holt of the cuff of my right pantleg, and lift the foot while putting my knee over the seat. My knee bends fine, so this works well for me. It is just the toe of the boot that does not want to get up high enough to swing over.
That's kind of what I have to do, both getting on and off the bike.
I sure can't swing my leg up over the backrest and have a couple of boot marks on the seat where I didn't quite get my leg up high enough.
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Re: Getting Older

Post by brettchallenger » Sat Mar 11, 2017 3:05 pm

Isn't getting old fun!

Can't ride at all at the moment. Terrible problem with my shoulder. See a surgeon in a week or so. Dreading it.
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Re: Getting Older

Post by MikeB » Sat Mar 11, 2017 3:13 pm

Bummer. I had surgery on my left shoulder. It only took about five months and I was able to ride again but it was a year before the shoulder was back to normal. Rotator Cuff.
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Post by brettchallenger » Sat Mar 11, 2017 3:42 pm

Yep, that's what my doctor thinks. Needs to be confirmed with a scan first. Five months eh, just take me back round to winter again!
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Re: Getting Older

Post by jmichael » Sat Apr 01, 2017 10:33 pm

When I bought my 1800 Wing, the afore mentioned method of standing on the foot peg on the kickstand side of the bike with my left foot, standing straight up with hands on both grips and then swinging the right leg over has been SOP for me on my GW. When I had a shadow 750 I could stand flatfooted and just toss my right leg up, grab the cuff of my pants and pull it over. No problem with my knees and hips but when I wear my riding boots, my right foot boot toe will sometimes hang up on seat, causing me to start to fall off on the left side during dismount. I learned to hold onto the bars until I was stable and then, if necessary grab that cuff and pull the foot off the seat! Ha ha. Somewhat goofy looking, but effective, and as long as I can continue to ride safely, I don't care what anyone thinks! ;) :lol:
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Re: Getting Older

Post by jmjh2001 » Mon Apr 03, 2017 11:57 am

Hey Gang....
This post kinda hit me where I live,also. I will be 58 in June, and fairly new GW rider, but have been riding since I was 9.....Anyway, after a left knee replacement, and arthritis in my hips, swinging the leg is much more difficult. I also utilize the stand on a footboard, then put leg over. It works great!

In the same vein of safe riding, I had an unusual experience the other day on my '86 1200 Aspy. I took it out for a short 30 min ride, and at the beginning, the weather was nice. Halfway from home, the wind increased tremendously, with gusts up to 50mph! I had some difficulty keeping the bike on the road....but I made it home safely. Are there any safe practices for windy driving, other than don't do it ??
Thanks in advance....
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Re: Getting Older

Post by brettchallenger » Tue Apr 04, 2017 7:12 am

Riding in high winds..... this isn't meant to be in any way exhaustive.

Well where do you start? Goldwings are big bikes and whilst they do catch the wind with all that plastic, they are heavy machines and the weight is carried low, so they don’t get as badly affected by high winds as do some lighter bikes.

Don’t grip the ‘bars too hard, expect that the machine will move in the wind but don’t tense up, try and relax as much as you can.

It is sudden wind bursts or sudden cessation of wind which tend to cause problems rather than a consistently high wind blowing. So look around you, be aware of how buildings etc you may pass will suddenly cause the wind you are fighting to cease, alternatively, how a sudden break in trees or buildings may cause a sudden increase. It is a lot easier to deal with these if you have anticipated them. Crossing rivers etc on a bridge can cause you to be subject to very high, and sudden winds.

High sided vehicles on multi-lane highways can be particularly difficult to cope with. If possible, leave a lane free if overtaking. Be aware that these vehicles are also badly affected by wind and may make sudden changes of direction. Also be aware that high sided vehicles can simply blow over in very high winds.

Another hazard is debris which has been blown onto the road. You need to be especially alert if you are riding on a tree line road as not only can trees be blown over, but substantial sized branches – enough to bring you down, can have been blown into your path too. This makes travel at night especially hazardous, so make sure you keep your speed down.

Try and avoid routes which take you over high, exposed roads, or coastal roads.

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Re: Getting Older

Post by jmjh2001 » Wed Apr 05, 2017 10:30 am

Thank you !! All good advice!!

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Re: Getting Older

Post by ka4yqi » Sat Apr 08, 2017 1:38 am

All good info. If I knew I was going to live this long, I would have took better car of myself!



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