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"Old man bike"?

Postby sam6942 » Sun Jan 02, 2011 11:36 pm



So, I just finished reading the thread in the GL1500 section about a guy that got a Wing from his dad. My wife is giving me the same kind of guff about the fact that I want one. I'm 27. I'm not, however, rich enough to be able to get a brand new bike on a whim. So I figure, it was cheap, it'll do for now (I leave on a trip to San Diego soon and wanted something comfortable to ride down there.), and I can fix it up and sell it toward something else later (if I so choose.)

But all this lead me to a question that made me tip my head to one side and say, "Wait. Am I the youngest guy on that forum?" So, am I? Just curious here, really. And feeling 25 does count!


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Re: "Old man bike"?

Postby arkansassuperdrafter » Mon Jan 03, 2011 12:07 am

I cant' remember when I was 27. I am 68 but feel a lot younger. I have ridden Harleys and they are loud, uncomfortable,and will shake you to pieces. If you want a bike to take long trips in comfort and with peace and quiet, them you need to get a goldwing. I really enjoy working on my two gl1200's and keep them in top shape.
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Re: "Old man bike"?

Postby sam6942 » Mon Jan 03, 2011 12:19 am

Beautiful bikes you've got there.. My grandfather had an Aspencade.. '82 I want to say. That's what pulled me in.
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Re: "Old man bike"?

Postby RoadRogue » Mon Jan 03, 2011 1:48 am

Im only 48 going on 17, I get what you say about the "old mans bike". I rode a HD rigid before my 1100 Aspy, my teen daughter couldnt believe I bought a "Geezerglide" when I brought it home. I dont let the comments bother me,I just ride hour after hour with a BIG smile on my face.

With the HD I was always pulling on the wrenches to keep it running well, on the Wing the only time the wrenches come out is for oil changes,tires and brake pads. Oh ya and when I buy or make some new farkel for her.Comfort over cool any day
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Re: "Old man bike"?

Postby Bouvier1 » Mon Jan 03, 2011 5:20 am

When my son was 17 I got my first Goldwing (1100 plain jane) and he always called it an 'old mans bike'. Then he got to riding, according to him, proper bikes - sports etc. He is now 37 and still rides but has a CBR1100 but somehow his seems to go wrong and he is always borrowing my 1800 - only to help him get to work of course (only 10 miles away from him) but when its returned I seem to have put on more than 150 each time. Strange I just can't figure it out either my eyes are decieving me or he is just getting 'old' as well.

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Re: "Old man bike"?

Postby english charlie » Mon Jan 03, 2011 7:40 am

]The Goldwing is not a old mans bike. It's how you feel about it. I wish I had gone over to a Goldwing many years ago. if you want to ride long distance in comfort the wing is the way to go.
I bought a 06 GL1800 new in September 07 and to this date have 72,400 trouble free miles on her, and I don't even ride it to work, I use a Honda Shadow VLX 600 to go to work. The wing is just for long distance touring. I also still have my Kawasaki Vulcan Nomad 1500 and after a distance ride I would feel it very much. Last but not least, I did the saddlesore 1000 in 19 hours, in fact it was 1150 miles and could have done the 1500 if it hadn't been for the cold. Felt good after getting off the Wing.

Hope this has been a insight for you

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Re: "Old man bike"?

Postby littlebeaver » Mon Jan 03, 2011 7:58 am

A smart 27 I'd say... :D 51 but my hairs still black and full..

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Re: "Old man bike"?

Postby maestro319 » Mon Jan 03, 2011 10:02 am

I got my very FIRST bike last April at the age of 65. Yeah, I WAS starting to feel just a wee bit old, BUT after I got my bike (trike)ya know what?? I feel so much YOUNGER again. Wow!! So, yeah, the calendar says I am 65 (soon to be 66) my mind tells me I am MUCH younger. Riding a bike, what a tonic!!

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Re: "Old man bike"?

Postby english charlie » Mon Jan 03, 2011 11:41 am

Ya, you are old as you look and feel, I turn 60 in March and some things I do, I feel old, but other times I still feel young and do things like I am a young man. Back onto the subject of old mans bike, the Wing is not an old mans bike,its all about comfort and performance and handling,which the wing has got. just go to the Tail of the Dragon, U.S.129 North Carolina and see that yellow Wing ride the curves.
You have taken the step to pure joy, enjoy it for many years to come, ride safe my friend and maybe I will see you on the road some time.

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Re: "Old man bike"?

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Jan 03, 2011 11:59 am

You can go into it with the intention of "later selling the bike"...but I bet you won't. :)

Of everyone on the site that has put in their date of birth, the oldest person shows as 72. The youngest is 23.

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Re: "Old man bike"?

Postby scratcho » Mon Jan 03, 2011 1:01 pm

I know a high school kid (16 or 17) who went from a Cushman scooter to a 1100 aspencade last year. His whole family has Harleys. since he looks like a football player and weighs about 300#, I guess he didn`t have too much of a choise on what he could ride. He is the youngest goldwing driver that I have ever seen.

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Re: "Old man bike"?

Postby maestro319 » Mon Jan 03, 2011 3:53 pm

My riding buddy has been riding for almost 4o years, and he is 76 years young and still riding. He and his wife (who also rides) went to WingDing this past summer and met a rider who was 92!! Great, that gives me almost 30 more years of riding.

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Re: "Old man bike"?

Postby HALBUDD » Mon Jan 03, 2011 10:08 pm

SAM6942 Hey dont let my 19 year old son here you say its an old man bike, he loves riding my 85 aspy along side me on my 84 aspy. We plan on taking some long trips this summer maybe to Tenn. and may be out to Neb. to ride with our old hunting buddies. Just have fun riding it is the most comfortable bike I have ever ridden. Hal
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Re: "Old man bike"?

Postby wildwm » Tue Jan 04, 2011 5:00 am

I am 69 years of age, and just got my first Goldwing. I also have a 2005 Shadow and a Helix. I rode bikes many years ago, but raising a family didn't allow time to ride. My second wife decided that I needed another bike, and bought me the Shadow. Came across a 1989 GL1500 a few months ago, and bought it. It's quite a handfull, after riding the Shadow, but I thoroughly enjoy riding it. Still getting used to it, but love to ride it. As for the Helix, bought it so the wife could learn to ride. After buying the Goldwing, she said that she could now ride with me and didn't need to learn to ride. Anyone want to buy a Helix ??

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Re: "Old man bike"?

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Jan 04, 2011 11:42 am

I've always liked the looks of those Helixes. A guy showed up on one when I took my expert MSF course a number of years back. I've even seen them triked:

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Re: "Old man bike"?

Postby wpgfire » Tue Jan 04, 2011 11:44 am

Got my first Goldwing when I was 21. Went on the honeymoon with it when I was 23. Only taken some years off to raise a family and am now back on a Goldwing for good. Have test driven many other bikes that my fellow riders claim will win me over (HD, BMW, Victory) but they don't even come close. Since I live on a flat prairie I need a bike that will get me 700 miles across the flat land in comfort and still have the zip to make it fun on the twisties. Only the Goldwing has done that for me at any age.

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Re: "Old man bike"?

Postby littlebeaver » Tue Jan 04, 2011 1:57 pm

Great Post, I enjoy reading this.. :D

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Re: "Old man bike"?

Postby cbach1981 » Tue Jan 04, 2011 9:17 pm

Bought my 1100 at 27, I'm 29 now. Only been 2 years but I keep saying when I get my HD back from the shop (toasted the engine 5 days after registering the damn thing), I'm trading it and the 1100 towards a newer goldwing.
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Re: "Old man bike"?

Postby english charlie » Wed Jan 05, 2011 5:45 pm

Good for you, HD are not worth a darn, I dont think there is any HD that would do 2,000,000 without being taken apart. I know somebody in the North Carolina Precision Drill team who Has 2003 GL1800 with just over 2,000,000 miles and runs as good as new. Mine has 72,500 miles with no problems and hope to do another 72,000 and more.
Go for either a 1500 or an 1800 depending on your pocket.
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Re: "Old man bike"?

Postby kristnino » Wed Jan 05, 2011 7:08 pm

Good job goldwing owners for taking good care of the bike's..

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Re: "Old man bike"?

Postby maestro319 » Thu Jan 06, 2011 4:48 pm

Also a big THANK YOU to the Goldwingers on this forum who are more than willing to help us "newbies" with our bikes and their problems. It makes owning a Goldwing so much easier.

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Re: "Old man bike"?

Postby Sargeyork » Thu Jan 06, 2011 11:09 pm

I rode the Dragon in 2001 at age 37 having bought the GL1200I the year before with 93K on the Odometer. I really liked her but traded her in to a dealer for a great deal on a 93 GL1500A and never looked back, Love My Wing, I have heard the Old man thing but I think it is just jealousy of those of us riding in comfort and style with reliablility.

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Re: "Old man bike"?

Postby themainviking » Fri Jan 07, 2011 9:30 pm

arkansassuperdrafter wrote:I cant' remember when I was 27. I am 68 but feel a lot younger. I have ridden Harleys and they are loud, uncomfortable,and will shake you to pieces. If you want a bike to take long trips in comfort and with peace and quiet, them you need to get a goldwing. I really enjoy working on my two gl1200's and keep them in top shape.


I can still remember being 27, and thinkin' I had things to prove. I have been riding Harleys a long time too, since the age of about fifteen, I guess. I just bought my first Gold Wing last October, and even if it was an old mans bike, I really don't care, cause I am one, Hawwwww, har, har, har, har, snork. At 62 I sure got nothing to prove now. I love this Gold Wing. My softail custom is tricked out and pretty quick, but got nothing on this Wing. It was a choice of a great big shaky Ultraglide Classic, or the Wing at half the price, and I chose the Wing. Glad I did. Everything works, it's smooth, and instead of riding 60 miles between stops, I can go three times that far, just for a coffee. I never had tunes before on a bike, and now I got mp3 tunes to my hearts content. I can put earbuds in and they don't blow out, nor do they vibrate out. Last fall, I rode well into the dark side of the force, and the little vents blew warm air on my feet and knees. That was a nice touch. I have used the grip heater, but have not yet needed to turn on the seat heaters. Geezer Glide or not an old guy bike, I just don't care. It has the acceleration of a mild sport bike and the comfort of my sofa at home. Now where do I find the Honda Goldwing T-Shirts, lol? In black....
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Re: "Old man bike"?

Postby fysty-1 » Sat Jan 08, 2011 5:47 am

I'm still very young @ 63 but have been riding bikes since I was 15. Started out with a 125 BSA bantam. I have always like the looks of the Hoggs but never had any desire to own on. All my early machines were Brit then I moved over to Japanese bike. when I first saw the Wings back in late 70's. Finally was able to get my beloved Wing almost 5 years ago. Never worry about age, it is only a number. Angela
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Re: "Old man bike"?

Postby mrrotervater » Thu Jan 13, 2011 3:23 pm

I am living in Southern Ireland, before that I lived in England, I started riding bikes when I was 14 and bikes were so cheap, i lived not far from the Ace Cafe and went there a couple of times, on my Sunbeam S8 with sidecar, now I am 64 years old and the love for bikes has never gone, now I have a 1981 Interstate GL1100. So I think you are never to old to live your dream.




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