Average age ?


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What is your age?

Below 30
19
2%
30-34
11
1%
35-39
21
3%
40-44
36
4%
45-49
60
7%
50-54
121
14%
55-59
173
21%
60-64
168
20%
65-69
134
16%
70+
93
11%
 
Total votes: 836

Seo
Posts: 2
Joined: Mon Jul 01, 2013 10:32 am
Location: Homosassa
Motorcycle: 1999 Goldwing 1500 SE

Re: Average age ?

Post by Seo » Mon Aug 01, 2016 10:04 am



I am 72 and have been riding since 1965. Over the years, I have been on a lot of bikes and I have only had one accident riding. I am fortunate statistically. During the last couple of decades I have ridden Honda's and My wing is a 99Se and has just turned 100000 miles. I don't belong the the local Goldwing club; I am just not a "club" person or rider. I have met most of the group and they all seem to be good folks. I just do not feel comfortable riding in a group.
A few years ago I took another driving class and following that I took the, "Riding like a Pro" class which was a great experience and helped a lot, especially regarding slow tight turns on the wing. Currently I have no plan to stop riding. I love the open road and distance is nothing but a set of tires. I encourage all to ride and ride safely. See ya'll on the road.
Seo



karman
Posts: 2
Joined: Sat Dec 05, 2009 9:44 pm
Location: Calgary, AB
Motorcycle: 2005 GL1800

Re: Average age ?

Post by karman » Mon Aug 01, 2016 10:24 am

Interesting stats for sure.

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offcenter
Posts: 438
Joined: Sat Sep 22, 2012 2:10 pm
Location: Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey
Motorcycle: 99 Gl-1500 SE
76 GL-1000
77 Honda Trail 90

Re: Average age ?

Post by offcenter » Mon Aug 01, 2016 12:16 pm

I was born in 1950 and I'm 29 years old.
That's my story and I'm stickin' to it! :lol:

P.S. Jack Benny was my older cousin.
(Let's see how many of you get that reference. :lol: :lol: :lol: )
George in Jersey.
99 Goldwing GL-1500 SE
76 Goldwing Gl-1000
77 Honda CT-90 "Trail 90"

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Bugmerc
Posts: 120
Joined: Sat Jul 09, 2016 10:57 am
Location: Tucson
Motorcycle: 1999 GL1500 SE
1976 GL1000

Re: Average age ?

Post by Bugmerc » Mon Aug 01, 2016 12:40 pm

I'm turning 50 at the end of this year, but for now I'm 49 so that's what I reflected in the poll. A measly 8% are in my age group. That's pretty interesting, and surprising to me. My 99 gl1500 se just rolled over to 37,000 miles. :D I plan to put many many more miles on her, so I will probably hit the higher age groups on the same bike!

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Sir Rides Alot
Posts: 34
Joined: Sun Aug 07, 2016 3:20 am
Location: Pittsburg ks
Motorcycle: 1996 1500 SE

Re: Average age ?

Post by Sir Rides Alot » Sun Aug 07, 2016 5:59 am

I'm 50 and just started owning/riding Goldwing Bikes with-in the last year or so.
I have owned several other types of bikes since 1979 .


I now enjoy owning/riding Goldwing Bikes for the comfort, power, lots of storage and how well they handle. :)
( Proud new owner of a 1996 S.E. 1500 ) :D
~~~ We are fishers of men.....we catch em and Jesus cleans em ~~~
Sir Rides Alot

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Simon Templar
Posts: 39
Joined: Sat Oct 24, 2015 6:43 pm
Location: North Carolina
Motorcycle: 2015 GL1800BD F6B Deluxe

Re: Average age ?

Post by Simon Templar » Mon Aug 08, 2016 12:49 am

Too old to Rock n Roll...too young to die!



.....sT
FAA, Retired -- 1982-2012


--- If at first you don't succeed....skydiving may not be for you! ---

rstoops1
Posts: 25
Joined: Thu Sep 22, 2011 7:13 am
Location: Crestline, Ohio
Motorcycle: 1977 GL1000
2001 GL1800A ABS

Re: Average age ?

Post by rstoops1 » Thu Aug 11, 2016 7:23 am

I am 80 years old and love to ride. Of the guys I ride with, one is 85, one is 82 ant another will be 80 soon. I don't know when I'll quit, but I can't see myself going to a trike. It's always going to be two wheels, or nothing. Actually I'll probably downsize from my '01 1800 to my '77 GL1000.


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280slbuff
Posts: 14
Joined: Thu May 22, 2014 8:57 pm
Location: Kelowna BC Canada
Motorcycle: 2007 Honda Goldwing 1800
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Re: Average age ?

Post by 280slbuff » Fri Sep 02, 2016 12:27 am

I am only 77 yrs old and still enjoy the GW riding with my wife (not as young as I) riding. Training and awareness are key to enjoying the ride. I always remember to check my bike before the ride and brand the acronym SIPDE - SCAN< INTERPRET THE SCAN,<PREDICTS AND RISKS,<DECIDE WHAT ACTION YOU WILL TAKE,>EXECUTE and above all control the space around your bike so you have an out- thisd is why the Blue Angels can perform close maneuvers safely at high speeds. It has worked for me numerous times - wear visible clothing -and wear all the gear all the time.

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James B
Posts: 7
Joined: Sat Sep 03, 2016 8:22 pm
Location: Palmdale, California
Motorcycle: 1983 GL1100A Aspencade

Re: Average age ?

Post by James B » Sat Sep 03, 2016 8:46 pm

Well, I'm new to the group so Ill start off with an introduction. My name is Jim, I'm 48 yo gonna be 49 on the 30th. I haven't been on a bike since 1987 when I had a lil XL 250 I rode everywhere with no licence until one day I got pulled over and the bike got impounded and I couldn't afford to get it out.

Anyway, fast forward to a couple months ago when I was working a Saturday and one of my co workers was talking about cleaning out his garage and the old motorcycle he has in there that been sitting for 3 years since he got his Harley and his wife wants it gone. He said he was just going to take it and junk it or if I want it to come get it. Well that's exactly what I did, for free, 1983 gl1100 Aspencade.

he said it needs a lot of work so when I got home I got a battery, can of seafoam and a fresh tank of gas, the thing fired right up, a lil rough but ran ok. I didn't have much time to work on it so I took it to a mechanic to at least get it into decent running shape, had the carbs rebuilt and synced, the light fixed, fork seals and the oil lean on the shift shaft. Got new tires and tried to get brakes but turns out the calipers are in kinda bad shape so I'm going to rebuild em myself but they are working.

So I took it home and rode a few days and it kept running rough and stalling after a few miles, turns out the radiator was leaking and it was hot and the thermos switch was bad and the fan isn't kicking on. I don't see and water in the oil or visa versa or any leaks so I think I'm ok as far as the head gasket. I have everything apart now and the rad shop said when they fix one leak another springs up so its shot. I did find a used one on ebay with a return policy so thatll be here next week. gonna do the thermostat and the rad and hope for the best.

I just wish I never stopped riding way back when, its so relaxing and peaceful. Oh and I now have a licence and completed the motorcycle safety coarse so I didn't have to take the riding test at the dmv and my insurance went down. sweet

oh ya, does anyone have a problem with a stripped down Goldwing? I think they call em naked wings or something like that. when I got it all it had was an old windscreen so I took it off, took off everything but the floor boards and that's it. it had a lot of dings and scratches so I did a lil sanding and painted it all flat black, its kinda a hunk of crap for now, looks like a ratty old thing, but I kinda dig that look, I only got it to ride to the par n ride to get the van to work and back, but I'm addicted and ride it all over when I can. cant wait till its done.

ok, ive blown enough hot air for a lifetime so ill ttyl. take care all. ill post a pic or two later on, please don't laugh. lol

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Solina Dave
Posts: 568
Joined: Fri Dec 26, 2014 6:38 pm
Location: Solina, Ontario, Canada
Motorcycle: 1978 Honda Goldwing GL1000 (bought in fall of '77)
!977 Honda CB550F (my 1st motorcycle)

Re: Average age ?

Post by Solina Dave » Sat Sep 03, 2016 10:01 pm

Welcome aboard James. It sounds like you'll fit right in. Looks like you got a bit of a deal on the bike. You definitely should install new timing belts, unless you know for sure how old they are. I'd personally be inclined to replace them anyway, rather than have one break, and causing severe damage to the engine.

Just sayin' :idea: ..................Dave
"Assume Nothing"

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James B
Posts: 7
Joined: Sat Sep 03, 2016 8:22 pm
Location: Palmdale, California
Motorcycle: 1983 GL1100A Aspencade

Re: Average age ?

Post by James B » Sat Sep 03, 2016 10:55 pm

Oh ya, forgot to say that, I have the covers off and am going to replace the belts as well. I gave no idea what I'm dping on the bike, but I am pretty mechanically inclined and figure things out quick. Plus I have been reading this forum for a month or so and took some tips on DIY so I feel really good about it, so good I joined. Thanks for the welcome Dave I'll ttyl.

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roadwanderer2
Posts: 4355
Joined: Thu Aug 08, 2013 4:03 am
Location: Tucson Arizona
Motorcycle: previously owned 83 GL1100A aspencade traded for a motorhome, 1981 honda GL500i silverwing interstate, 1974 yamaha xs400, 1974 Honda cb450 twin cam, 1983 honda vt30, 1982 honda 700 shadow, 1972 cb750four, and my first bike, a brand new 1982 honda CM400e. now own-1986 GL1200 aspencade SEi
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Re: Average age ?

Post by roadwanderer2 » Sun Sep 04, 2016 6:18 am

yes, welcome to the club James. you'll find that everyone here is very knowledgeable about our wings, and what we don't know someone else will. there's plenty of people here that are very willing to help you with whatever it is you'll be needing to fix or just to talk about or to search for parts to fix things up.

stuart, a.k.a. roadwanderer2.

Dudleygray
Posts: 20
Joined: Fri Jun 05, 2015 9:20 am
Location: Humble, TX
Motorcycle: 2002 GL1800

Re: Average age ?

Post by Dudleygray » Sat Oct 01, 2016 4:19 pm

I'll be 77 on Dec 28, 2016. My 2002 GL1800 has 115,857 mi on the clock which is really 90% of that due to speedo error. It is my preferred mode of transportation for the 70 mi round commute trip to the office & I prefer to use it for most other needs when it's not raining. June 6, 2015 read 100,000 mi and Jun 6 2016 it read 113,523 from mostly local travel. One trip to San Antonio from Houston and a 665 mi tour around the hills of Austin with son Kelly over a 2 day weekend in Sept, 2015 were the only road trips. I trailered the Wing to Austin & Kelly rented an Aprilia sport bike for the occasion. Love the bike. Cruise control is one of the most important features. Sport touring - Kawasaki Concours (3 in my life) were the preferred ride until I bought this Wing in Oct 2001. I weigh 140lb with boots on and am 67" tall but manage to put it on the center stand at the office & at home.
Two wheels is the best way to get anywhere and twice the fun of any other way. When I'm unable to lean the machine I'm probable done riding. Trikes don't excite me at all. 1949 Harley 125cc bike was my 1st in 1955 when I was 15. Graduated to 1955 Triumph T110 until I was 21. Re-entered two wheel world in Singapore on 1988 GPZ 750R and upon return to US in 1990 chose the 600cc Yamaha Radian.

Since then rode 3 ZG1000 Concours, a Yamaha 1200 before making the right step to Honda.
Best decision ever. Oil, brakes, tires, air filter and speed sensor trouble shooting with help from goldwingdoc.com has been all that was needed so far. My thanks to this website.
Dudley

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Solina Dave
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Joined: Fri Dec 26, 2014 6:38 pm
Location: Solina, Ontario, Canada
Motorcycle: 1978 Honda Goldwing GL1000 (bought in fall of '77)
!977 Honda CB550F (my 1st motorcycle)

Re: Average age ?

Post by Solina Dave » Sat Oct 01, 2016 5:34 pm

Dudleygray wrote:I'll be 77 on Dec 28, 2016. My 2002 GL1800 has 115,857 mi on the clock which is really 90% of that due to speedo error. It is my preferred mode of transportation for the 70 mi round commute trip to the office & I prefer to use it for most other needs when it's not raining. June 6, 2015 read 100,000 mi and Jun 6 2016 it read 113,523 from mostly local travel. One trip to San Antonio from Houston and a 665 mi tour around the hills of Austin with son Kelly over a 2 day weekend in Sept, 2015 were the only road trips. I trailered the Wing to Austin & Kelly rented an Aprilia sport bike for the occasion. Love the bike. Cruise control is one of the most important features. Sport touring - Kawasaki Concours (3 in my life) were the preferred ride until I bought this Wing in Oct 2001. I weigh 140lb with boots on and am 67" tall but manage to put it on the center stand at the office & at home.
Two wheels is the best way to get anywhere and twice the fun of any other way. When I'm unable to lean the machine I'm probable done riding. Trikes don't excite me at all. 1949 Harley 125cc bike was my 1st in 1955 when I was 15. Graduated to 1955 Triumph T110 until I was 21. Re-entered two wheel world in Singapore on 1988 GPZ 750R and upon return to US in 1990 chose the 600cc Yamaha Radian.

Since then rode 3 ZG1000 Concours, a Yamaha 1200 before making the right step to Honda.
Best decision ever. Oil, brakes, tires, air filter and speed sensor trouble shooting with help from goldwingdoc.com has been all that was needed so far. My thanks to this website.
Dudley
AMEN.................................Dave :D
"Assume Nothing"

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leakyroof58
Posts: 69
Joined: Thu Jul 14, 2016 5:12 pm
Location: bemidji,mn
Motorcycle: '87 Aspencade
Sold: 1975 Kawi 900 Z1, Honda 350 Scrambler

Re: Average age ?

Post by leakyroof58 » Wed Oct 05, 2016 4:59 pm

61 here. Been riding since 15, (illegally), but always
wanted a 'Wing since I had my Kaw 900 in '75. Bought
my current ride because of a super-deal, and so far
have been impressed with the ride and the handling.
Has after-market mufflers, so can't even hear the engine
when it's running, and yet has 64K on it. I'm sure it will
go another 64K............

Dudleygray
Posts: 20
Joined: Fri Jun 05, 2015 9:20 am
Location: Humble, TX
Motorcycle: 2002 GL1800

Re: Average age ?

Post by Dudleygray » Fri Oct 07, 2016 8:07 am

I quite agree with SEO. I too am not a "Club" or "Social" Rider. Not that I intend to be antisocial. Maybe when I'm retired this might change because I'll have the time for such. I'm too busy now and using 2 wheels for getting from here to there adds a degree of fun because of the physical engagement required, plus a heightened need for alertness when challenged to swim with the crowd on the highways of Houston, Texas on every given day, than it would be while in the cuccoon of my F150 or my 66 Corvair Monza. 4 wheel travel, unless there's inclement weather is boring and it' not as easy to wend your way through traffic or get out of the way of the crazies who are preoccuppied with their own mission, distracted by their phones and so often oblivious to respect for fellow citizens happening to share the rode at the same time.
Ride safe & have fun!!! Dudley

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Fabricator1978
Posts: 11
Joined: Wed Oct 12, 2016 5:07 am
Location: North Georgia, USA
Motorcycle: 1981 GL1100

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Re: Average age ?

Post by Fabricator1978 » Wed Oct 12, 2016 5:41 pm

Interesting... At 38, I assumed I would be among the younger crowd, but 2%!

Chris
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Duquane
Posts: 1
Joined: Tue Sep 23, 2014 7:31 pm
Location: Oakville, Ontario, Canada
Motorcycle: 2003 Honda Goldwing GL1800

Re: Average age ?

Post by Duquane » Thu Nov 03, 2016 1:16 pm

65 years, 8 months and 25 years with a Goldwing beneath my butt

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rick457
Posts: 76
Joined: Tue Jan 17, 2012 11:44 am
Location: Pensacola, Florida
Motorcycle: 1989 GL1500k Goldwing
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Re: Average age ?

Post by rick457 » Fri Nov 04, 2016 8:54 am

I'm 61, been riding my 1989 wing sense I purchased it in 1999.

KrashBandit
Posts: 9
Joined: Mon Nov 28, 2016 3:12 pm
Location: Madison, AL
Motorcycle: 1980 GL1100

Re: Average age ?

Post by KrashBandit » Tue Nov 29, 2016 9:11 am

38 here...Just got my first(and second) GL1100 this Fall. Not sure if I'm keeping both or just the one I like best when I'm done, but I've been frequenting the forum since I started working on the bike a few months back...stealing tidbits of information. Figured I'd go ahead and setup an account and say hi and thanks for the help to those who post the how-to's. Great collection of information on here.

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someone548
Posts: 122
Joined: Thu Jul 07, 2016 7:02 pm
Location: Tullahoma, TN
Motorcycle: 1995 Goldwing Aspencade

Re: Average age ?

Post by someone548 » Fri Dec 23, 2016 2:49 pm

I'm 24. Always wanted a wing. My grandfather had a 1000. I started riding a year ago on an old Yamaha fzr600. The sport bike thing was fun, but as my riding trips got longer and longer, I knew I wanted something more comfortable. I found a 1995 Gl1500 at a Harley dealership with 22,000 miles on it with full maintenance records. Rented a car drove 400 miles, and with 7 months riding experience on a 450 pound sport bike, I road my wing home. I still have yet to drop the behemoth, (knock on wood) Put 5000 miles on it from August to November.

Not generally the image you want in your early 20s. I get the comment that I am too young for that kind of bike. Oh well. Love the ride.

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WingAdmin
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Motorcycle: 2000 GL1500 SE
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1989 PC800 (wife's!)
1998 XV250 Virago (sold)
2007 Aspen Sentry Trailer

Re: Average age ?

Post by WingAdmin » Fri Dec 23, 2016 3:22 pm

Looking at the average ages represented as Goldwing riders on this site, I can't help but think that GWRRA is severely under-represented in the younger riders. From reading their monthly Wing World magazine, you would gain the impression that the only people that ride Goldwings are overweight couples in their 60's. It's depressing.

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Overdog
Posts: 243
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Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Motorcycle: 83 Goldwing Interstate

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Re: Average age ?

Post by Overdog » Fri Dec 23, 2016 6:02 pm

I turned 62 a couple of days ago. If I had known I'd live this long I'd have taken better care of my Led Zeppelin albums.

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Rednaxs60
Posts: 1748
Joined: Wed Nov 18, 2015 12:44 pm
Location: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Motorcycle: 1985 GL1200 LTD
1995 GL1500 SE CDN Edition
2008 GL1800 (sold)
Ontario 1985 GL1200 LTD (sold)

Re: Average age ?

Post by Rednaxs60 » Fri Dec 23, 2016 7:40 pm

WingAdmin - it is depressing a bit. I'm 62 and still younger than a lot of people my age. I believe it is the perception that a GW is a heavy bike and cannot get up and dance with the rest of the rides out there. That is unfortunately an underestimation of the performance of these bikes. When you discuss bikes with a lot of people, HDs are cool rides that have character as such, a GW is a heavy bike for older people. The GW cannot compete with the mass marketing of the adventure bikes, and rice rockets out there. Honda does not do a very credible job of marketing there flagship so to speak.

I was on an advanced riding course in 2015, and during the wrap up a fellow mentioned that he saw the three 1800 GWs on the course doing the skill patterns and it inspired him to do the same on his lighter, more nimble Triumph. I was at a track day with my '85 LTD and surprised a lot of the adventure and rocket fellows with what it could do.

The GW is a big, nimble and capable bike; however, Honda does not do a good job of promoting its attributes so that younger riders would want to get and be seen on a GW. Victory bikes do a better job of promotion. Possibly bringing out a less expensive version, or versions of the 1800 GW would catch the eye of some younger riders.

I think all of this has been stated before. If Honda wants the GW to be its flagship bike, and wants younger riders, it has to change its marketing and cosmetic paradigm. HD has had to look at this reality and is making inroads.

Just a few thoughts on the issue.

Cheers
"When you write the story of your life, don't let anyone else hold the pen"

Ernest

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someone548
Posts: 122
Joined: Thu Jul 07, 2016 7:02 pm
Location: Tullahoma, TN
Motorcycle: 1995 Goldwing Aspencade

Re: Average age ?

Post by someone548 » Fri Dec 23, 2016 8:00 pm

Rednaxs60,
Technically Honda have released cheaper versions in the Valkyrie and F6B. Honestly, at my age (24) I really couldn't afford a new Goldwing at half the price, let alone anywhere near what it actually costs.

I have my 1500 and I love that, but honestly the 1800 just looks ancient at this point. The current brand new 1800 looks 15 years old because it essentially is. Imagine an automaker still selling the same model they released in 01. Pontiac Aztec anyone? I have zero interest in owning that bike (New anyway) in particular let alone the monumental sticker cost simply because it brings nothing new to the table. Even if I did have the money, I'd be a bit more inclined to go with a new K1600 BMW. It is an up to date and modern motorcycle and it looks and plays the part.

Just my 25 cents.

Patrick



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