Average age ?

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What is your age?

Below 30
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Re: Average age ?

Post by marcad » Sat Jun 01, 2013 5:34 pm

:) 75 next month..Ride everyday here in Las Vegas. Cagers here are always in the "casino rage" mode so I'm always on the lookout for them.. Other than that the GW makes things a real pleasure to ride. Got my 2008 on my 71st birthday with permission from my SO. It's a great bike. First on a Cabton 350cc in Japan in 1959. After returning to the states the following year, I had other considerations to consider(marriage, kids, career, etc) so I was out of the saddle for about 40 years. Took the BRC from MSF. Got my MC license and bought a VTX 1300 in 2003. Traded that in on a K1200LT which I had for 5 years. Had a hip replacement opn and bought the GW for it's lower CG. Have put 92,000 on it since and wish I had bought it long ago. Can't say enough about the GW. Had the front end reworked with a Race Tech upgrade. What a difference in handling. It has put the "fun" back into riding for me. I figure I've got a few more years in me before I hand it over to my son and get myself a CanAm Spyder to continue the adventure..

Aloha - -Ride safe all and always check your 6 when stopped.. :D

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Re: Average age ?

Post by Luke3_+_oneway » Sat Jun 01, 2013 7:00 pm

At 53 I am in my third year with my GL1800. I have had three bikes previously, the last was a 1982 Yamaha 1100. I had stopped riding and gave it to my nephew so he could enjoy it. As I told my wife, it was bitter/sweet ... I hated to let it go, but knowing that the only bike left that interested me was the goldwing. Several years later my oldest son decided it was time for him to get a bike. He said dad, you have one year to get a bike so we can ride. That is when I bought the goldwing ... (wife didn't talk to me for weeks after she found out what they cost). Now I just struggle to find time outside of work and work to ride, it is a great ride. Some day my wife may even ride with me ... NOT!!!!

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Re: Average age ?

Post by Jw.staton » Sat Jun 01, 2013 9:18 pm

I rode my first Wing @ the age of 5. My Grandpa put me on the fuel tank while I wore my Grandmother's helmet. We'd ride up to Hendersonville ,NC to pick a bushel of apples at Stepp Brothers' Orchard. I remember the ride vividly, well the part that I was awake. Seems the sound and smooth ride of his 1200 was like s lullabye to me. Last month, I bought my first Wing, a 1985 Interstate. It is just like the last Wing he owned. And to me, I will consider it to be.

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Re: Average age ?

Post by 280shooter » Sat Jun 01, 2013 10:38 pm

49. I fell in love with the 1982 Aspencade my senior year. Didn't buy one until about a month ago. I ran across a good deal on Craigslist for one with 38K on it. My 20 year old son just picked up a 1980 Interstate 2 days ago.

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Re: Average age ?

Post by wamu56 » Sun Jun 02, 2013 12:43 am

true im young im 21 years old my family related and nt, all ride. crotch rockets just look stupid. its in my blood to ride. wont ever change. Wings better on gas and just the freedom of the open road drives me. i love my bike

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Re: Average age ?

Post by barnaclebill » Sun Jun 02, 2013 1:19 am

79, and approaching 80 fast! Rode Hondas, from 250cc upwards, most of my life, moved over to a Goldwing 1500cc Trike three years ago. A great, reliable and comfortable machine to ride. Three wheels are essential to me, as I have leg problems, but it doesn't stop me from riding with the 2-wheelers, with no problems in keeping up! I intend to ride until I cant get my leg over anymore!

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Re: Average age ?

Post by eacorbett@yahoo.com » Sun Jun 02, 2013 7:40 am

I am currently 41, will be 42 in a few months. Got my Wing a year and half ago. It was more my dads speed. My was always a sport touring bike suck as the Kawaski Concours and bikes of the like. Having raced bikes professionally in the late 90's I am now looking for a more "relaxed" type of riding. My Wing provides such an experience. Wish everything worked though. Cruise control would be very nice! I cannot take my bike any where without someone stopping to comment on it. I love riding and these bikes make the experience all the more memorable. I am actually looking forward to purchasing another wing in the future. A 1500 with reverse. Do not like the 1800 body styles and have NO plans on ever purchasing one that remotely resembles it. Regardless of age, or sex everyone I meat that is riding one of these bikes comes across as good people and I have enjoyed and will continue to enjoy the entire experience and people for as long as I am phyiscally able to. Be well, take care and stay safe! Remember to always keep the rubber side down brother's and sister's! 8-)

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Re: Average age ?

Post by ronhash » Sun Jun 02, 2013 8:33 am

The first Goldwing I owned I bought in 1981 new off the show room floor 2 days after returning from serving in the US Navy. During my “Younger Days” those before I bought the 1981 Goldwing, I had owned several bikes from different manufactures, from dirt to screamers. I owned the 1981 until this last year, at which time I decided to “upgrade” my grate ride. I bought a 1999 1500 Goldwing SE. The 1981 was still riding grate just the age needed at smoother ride then what I was getting. As said in the monthly letter jumping on the bike and running a trip like that is no problem on a good Goldwing. Unlike some of our friends that ride other manufactured bikes they say that they have to stop riding after 300 -400 miles due to various reasons, those of us on the Goldwing’s just keep rolling. Be Safe riders.

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Re: Average age ?

Post by bustedwing » Sun Jun 02, 2013 9:19 am

Well said Paul. I agree. The only bad thing I can say is I was extremely disappointed when the Gold Wing managers decided to move the factory from Ohio to Japan. But there are many that were built here before the move which might raise the value of those bikes. Ride safe.
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Re: Average age ?

Post by oldudegeorge » Sun Jun 02, 2013 9:26 am

I am 75 years old with a 2008 trike. C S C trike kit

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Re: Average age ?

Post by bamawings » Sun Jun 02, 2013 11:39 am

Im 49 got my first GW about a year ago. Have owned all kind of bikes but never a HD. All my buddies ride HD and I love when we go on all day trips. They complain about sore butts but not me, haha. We all respect the road and try to respect all riders but theres always one #$#hole whereever you go. to bad for him no friends at all. RIDE SAFE.

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Re: Average age ?

Post by bfvc702 » Sun Jun 02, 2013 6:04 pm

58 yo. Bought my GL1100 Std in'83. It's been stored for the last 20 yrs and just revived it the past year. Loving it! Really like it without fairing and hard luggage boxes, seems more real of a ride. Love stopping where Harley bikers are at and being on a ride that's rarely seen around here (Colorado).

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Re: Average age ?

Post by GreenDragon » Sun Jun 02, 2013 6:25 pm

I am 69, birthday is Feb. 10th. My second birthday, stem cell transplant, is day 259 today. So if you average those out I am 34.85 years old. ;-]
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Re: Average age ?

Post by 80-GL100-INT » Sun Jun 02, 2013 7:59 pm

I am 42. I have been riding since I was old enough to twist the throttle and working on them myself just as long. This however is my first Wing. After a very long ride from southern In. to Nashville Tn. on our CB 750 Custom 2 y ago, my wife decided we needed to look at a Wing. After test riding an 83 last year we were looking at, we fell in love. That deal fell through and we spent the rest of the year looking for the right one, and found it this past winter. I am in the process of getting her going with the help of this awesome site. I hope to see you all on the road soon.

Oh and BTW, I'll not buy anything other than a Wing from here on.
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Re: Average age ?

Post by flaxman » Sun Jun 02, 2013 9:24 pm

ok, so I'll admit that i'm 48, started out at 6 on a yz50, rode dirt bikes for youth, first Goldwing i piloted was my mother's (well, "borrowed" is a stretch )1100 aspencade when I was 17, went to enduro, ninja, yami 650 special, then came kids, NO BIKE for ~10 years or so. back to a Suzi VL800 for 7 years (still miss that bike) and then fell in love with my '01... "Pennywise" I call her... (i'M THE THIRD OWNER, was 4 years ago this week we "met") name comes from the scary clown on the windscreen, so here I am wishing I could ride all year round (usually get skunked in February) and going to put heated grips on before next winter. average 15,000 km a year, never "toured" yet, planning to go to Nascar race at Concord NC in October, will be only 2nd time for "penny" to visit the U.S.

anyway... enough, ride safe and WATCH THE CAGERS


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Re: Average age ?

Post by Russ Levy » Sun Jun 02, 2013 9:39 pm

I'm coming up to 64, and have been riding all sorts of bikes since I was 15. Was looking at doing something last year, classic car or bike. Started trolling for bikes online, was looking for classic British 1960's 500/650cc bikes similar to what I'd been riding in the 60/70s. Then I stopped to think, at 63 with a few medical problems, I wouldn't be able to kick one over without running out of breath, and I now prefer an upright style of riding as shoulders get a bit stiff leaning forward. So I started looking at Touring Bikes. Didn't want to go Harley, wanted something a bit quieter and comfortable in my old age. Settled on an 1985 Aspencade and upgraded to a 1988 GL1500 about 4 months later. I ride it to work every day, and are out most weekends touring during the summer months. I do a lot of riding on my own, but have also joined the Patriots NZ Defence Force Motor Cycle Club which is open to all who have served or are serving with the NZ Forces. We have regular rides and also join with other NZ Motor Cycle Clubs on their Charity Rides. A good way to meet up with like-minded motorcycle riders. We have six Chapters of the Patriots spread over New Zealand, and I'm nowhere near the oldest rider. That distinction belongs to a rider from another Chapter who's is coming up to 85. I'm the only rider in my Chapter that rides a Wing, and I think it's the oldest bike in the Chapter as well that's in constant use, it's just clicked over 80,000 kms and still going strong, can keep up with the youngsters. I know of two others in other Chapters who ride Wings, and when the Chapters get together, we compare notes and discuss the benefits of riding Wings over other bikes. We get a lot of ribbing about riding Lazy Boy Recliners, where's the cup holder, and other smart remarks, not to mention the funny looks when we put them in reverse. But it's all in good fun. Safe riding all, keep the sunny side up!

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Re: Average age ?

Post by Iaustin » Sun Jun 02, 2013 11:14 pm

49 bought my wing last year after i sold my 1974 jeep CJ5 wife didnt like to ride in it but likes the wing

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Re: Average age ?

Post by Haggis68 » Mon Jun 03, 2013 4:49 am

I an now 44 and bought my first Goldwing when I was 23 and have been riding them ever since, nothing beats getting on my Wing early in the morning and just cruising around the country. :D

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Re: Average age ?

Post by basil3w » Mon Jun 03, 2013 4:10 pm

I'm 62 now and I'm still riding the 76 that I resurrected in '02 (it now has an 1100 engine in it).

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Re: Average age ?

Post by AndyB71 » Mon Jun 03, 2013 10:09 pm

Sounds like im all alone in this but my first motorcycle was my GL1100. That was 3 years ago when i turned 40. Around this area everyone seems to wave to each other no matter what there driving.
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Re: Average age ?

Post by PastoT » Mon Jun 03, 2013 10:21 pm

When I was in my early twenties I rode cross country numerous time on a a 750 Yamaha that I customized and added every electronic creature comfort I could and loved it. My college days over and family life and 20 years in the USAF I always wanted to replace those memories and even then I wanted a Goldwing. Well 27 years after that I returned to the saddle and now ride an 02 Wing and just love it as much as I loved riding so long ago. Its not age but the Wing's exclusive price that keeps much of the younger riders from enjoying a Gold Wing. Now I'm looking at thoughsands of miles on my wing and some real road trips this summer, and yes with a big GW rider smile. Hope to see many of you in the future. keep the shiney side up and dirty side down.
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Re: Average age ?

Post by roadrat68 » Mon Jun 03, 2013 11:17 pm

I am 38 and just bought my first wing 4 weeks ago. I have a really hard time finding others to ride with that are near my age.

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Re: Average age ?

Post by Mag » Tue Jun 04, 2013 9:21 am

roadrat68 wrote:I am 38 and just bought my first wing 4 weeks ago. I have a really hard time finding others to ride with that are near my age.

Not many of them out there, Rat....but also not a problem being a Lone Wolf and just hitch with what ever other 2-wheelers you find out there. You will find you will outride most on a longer run, so get used to being on your own some....and enjoying the sites (it is a good ride!!)

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Re: Average age ?

Post by AndyB71 » Tue Jun 04, 2013 5:59 pm

Mag wrote:
roadrat68 wrote:I am 38 and just bought my first wing 4 weeks ago. I have a really hard time finding others to ride with that are near my age.

Not many of them out there, Rat....but also not a problem being a Lone Wolf and just hitch with what ever other 2-wheelers you find out there. You will find you will outride most on a longer run, so get used to being on your own some....and enjoying the sites (it is a good ride!!)

Look up your local ABATE club and you will find plenty of people of all ages to ride with.
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Re: Average age ?

Post by mek23 » Wed Jun 05, 2013 8:39 am

I have been riding bikes since I was 21. Started riding dirt bikes- but it takes too long to heal up! I've had several road bikes, the last one was a Yamaha V-Max, and I still ride my son's Yamaha R-1, they are a blast to ride! I bought the Gold Wing in 2002 (at 53), because we started riding longer distance, and my wife started to complain about the comfort of the V-Max. I am 64 now, and we have 55k on the Wing. We've been to the East Coast, Canada, and West to New Mexico. Planing a trip to Colorado this month. The Wing is a Great touring bike.

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