Average age ?

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Below 30
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Re: Average age ?

Post by WINGER3 » Fri Dec 23, 2016 8:48 pm

This will be my last post on this site as I have sold my 1800 and bought a 1997 low mi. Goldwing Valkyrie 1500 touring model . Due to my wife's heart attack this fall I can no longer go on long trips, so I decided to sell the Goldwing 1800 and with the Valkyrie I still go on short 1 day local trips. I'm 5 weeks short of 76 and still love to ride and will as long as I can hold up the bike and it being 200 lb. less then the 1800 that gives me more years and it is a Goldwing, God willing. I will still stop in just to see how all is going, this is the best site bar none.


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Re: Average age ?

Post by Rednaxs60 » Fri Dec 23, 2016 8:49 pm

Someone548 - Hear you on the look. The bones are there and Honda could do a better job of having a fresh and modern look. The GWs we ride are for us. Honda has to start looking at the future and marketing towards the upcoming generation(s) of bike riders.

Insurance is an issue up here. There are several rate classes each increasing in cost. The breakdown is:

Up to 110cc – $
111 – 400cc – $$
401 – 750cc – $$$
751 – 1150cc – $$$$
Over 1150cc – $$$$$

I'm certain that other jurisdictions have similar requirements. It would be nice to resurrect a smaller GW to combat the Suzuki C50 and C90T that come in at approximately $9,000.00 and $13,000.00 and will go the same places as a GW. These bikes can be configured differently depending n your needs. I had a C90T and it got 50 mpg and cruised easily at 110 Km or more. These bikes are not of the same caliber, but the cost to ride is significantly less.

Bring out a naked 1200 (make it under the top tier insurance requirement), and shave a lot of the weight off it. Market add ons that you can buy (at a reasonable cost).

Take on the HD Sportster, Yamaha Bolt, Suzuki C50T and C90T. Then set your sights on the BMWs. If Honda does not take its game to the next level and take on these and other bikes, may not be a GW left for the future.

I like and enjoy riding my 1200 better than my 1800. It is also easier to maintain, and looks more like a bike in my opinion.

HD has it right, start people out on a Sportster or such, ensconce them in the HD way of life and accessories (bike and clothing) and these people will eventually move up to the larger bikes that weigh the same as an 1800 GW. Honda could do this, but change does not come to this company easily.

Just a few more thoughts on this age issue.

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Re: Average age ?

Post by 2000 wing » Mon Dec 26, 2016 12:13 am

I am 69 and been riding since 1978, never wrecked I hate to post that , may jinks myself. I started on a honda 500. rode it to Colorado and sold it that week, bought my first wing 1978,1000. Sold my 1989 two years ago, had it for 22 years, only had to replace the water pump. Still in great shape, thought I was thru. This year I bought a 2000 S E that is giving me some problems, that the great guys on this site have helped me with. Still having some problems, hope to get it worked out soon.

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Re: Average age ?

Post by Spook1800 » Mon Dec 26, 2016 12:54 am

Yo, WINGER3....just because you have traded the Wing for a Valkyrie is no reason to desert the fold, mate. You still have the Honda and it has the Gold Wing power plant. I doubt it would matter if you went back to a smaller Honda. You're still one of us.
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Re: Average age ?

Post by grizzly » Mon Jan 09, 2017 9:27 pm

I am 55 been riding goldwing for almost 17 years first a 2000 1500 now a 2013 1800

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Re: Average age ?

Post by Scooter363y » Sun Jan 15, 2017 10:18 am

Well physically I'm 59 but in two weeks i will be in my 60's. If you ask my wife I'm somewhere between 15 and 17 mentally. I just got my golden buckeye card last week, can't wait to get out there and test ride the discounts on that baby.

Actually planning some interesting trips for this summer.

Ride safe

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Re: Average age ?

Post by Solina Dave » Sun Jan 15, 2017 2:21 pm

Scooter363y wrote:in two weeks i will be in my 60's. If you ask my wife I'm somewhere between 15 and 17 mentally.

Ride safe
Hey Scooter, look at it this way. If she says that mentally you're somewhere between 15 and 17 years old, just think about the many many years that you have left to mature.
You too Scooter. Ride safe this summer..................................Dave
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Re: Average age ?

Post by offcenter » Sun Jan 15, 2017 4:10 pm

They say you are only as old as you feel.
I was born in 1950 and I'm 29.
That's my story and I'm stickin' to it. :D
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Re: Average age ?

Post by Big Blue UK » Mon Jan 23, 2017 4:56 pm

Scooter363y wrote:I just got my golden buckeye card last week,
A golden WHAT!!!!! :lol:
Is that like a bus pass
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Re: Average age ?

Post by roadwanderer2 » Mon Jan 23, 2017 8:08 pm

Big Blue UK wrote:
Scooter363y wrote:I just got my golden buckeye card last week,
A golden WHAT!!!!! :lol:
Is that like a bus pass
here ya go big blue..............http://aging.ohio.gov/goldenbuckeye/ just in case your interested in what the goldenbuckeye card is all about.


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Re: Average age ?

Post by redial » Thu Feb 02, 2017 9:22 pm

For us older farts, here in SouthAustralia, we are able to have a Seniors Card. One of the features is that instead of driving the 75 Km to Adelaide CBD, I can drive 35 Km to the nearest station, and catch a train into the CBD. The parking is free, the train travel is free, and you can also get some discounts at various places. So there are some benefits to being 75, but not many ;)
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Re: Average age ?

Post by GRAPEAPE94 » Sat Feb 11, 2017 11:36 pm

I bought my first Wing on Oct 15, 2005. A new '06 with 1/10th of a mile on the odometer. I am proud to say that it now has just over 195,000. It was my 60th birthday present to myself. I am now 71 1/2 and ride it every day. People have complimented me that I don't look my age and I give credit for that to the Wing as it is keeping me young. By the way, each June I ride non stop from just south of Sarasota Fl. to Norton, Oh. It takes me approx. 19 hours but then as I am a smoker so I do stop about every half tank to have a smoke so that delays me a little bit.

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Re: Average age ?

Post by Kevin_Dotson » Sun Mar 05, 2017 9:43 pm

26 here. Grandfather had a 84 aspencade growing up. Wanted to take a break from work for a few months so I sold my truck and found my 1983 aspencade. Pulled up and he was already sitting there guy probably about late 70's. Saw the bike and fell in love. cleanest wing i've seen with only 18k miles. Needs a bit of work from sitting and age but I love to wrench so it gives me something to do. Plan to have many miles and years on it soon.

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Re: Average age ?

Post by Solina Dave » Sun Mar 05, 2017 10:51 pm

Kevin_Dotson wrote:26 here. Grandfather had a 84 aspencade growing up.
Welcome to the forum Kevin. And thanks a lot for making me feel old. I've got a '78 GL1000 that I bought new when I was 30. :lol:

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Re: Average age ?

Post by riolocodude » Sat Apr 01, 2017 12:02 am

I wanted a Goldwing since I was 16 years old working at a Kawasaki shop. The service manager rode his everyday even in the snow. I was blown away when he had his enduro bike on a trailer behind him. I grew up riding dirt bikes, racing them and eventually moved into a enduro to ride to school and still have fun in the dirt, eventually moved to a Kawasaki 550/4 then moved to San Antonio and thought it was too busy/dangerous to be riding a bike here. Fast forward 20 years and decided if people can drive a tiny smart car and feel safe. I can Ride something the same size with a lot more lights. I could never downgrade again. I don't know how I could ride my Kawasaki for 90 miles nonstop to college (no windshield or music)? I finally got my gently used bike when i turned 40. I could never give up the comfort of the big seat, music and windshield I do miss the wind in my face sometimes but not the bugs. It's nice being able to ride and not worry about getting blown off the road by 18 wheelers.

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Re: Average age ?

Post by jimn » Sat Apr 01, 2017 7:17 am

I bought my first motorcycle when I was 13. It was a Harley 175. Harley didn't make it. I stuck with the Harley through the years until 2012 when I turned 75. I sold my 2008 Harley Road King and bought a 2012 Honda Goldwing 1800 mostly because I was tired of the noise. I test drove a Honda at the Bike week in Daytona and that is when I had the revelation. Until then, I though it was great fun to place piles of rice under the exhaust pipes of the rice burners.
I'm still riding and planning to do the Ride For THe Wall this year.

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Re: Average Age

Post by jheyser » Sat Apr 01, 2017 7:24 am

67 years old and still riding. I've owned over 20 Goldwings over the last 40 years. I bought my first Goldwing in 1978. It was a 1976 Gl1000. Since then I've owned numerous Gl1100 and Gl1200 motorcycles. I now own two Gl1200 motorcycles. A 1984 Goldwing Standard and a 1985 Goldwing Aspencade.

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Re: Average age ?

Post by jmichael » Sat Apr 01, 2017 7:43 am

Got my Goldwing, 2008 gl1800, when I was 62, now I am 67. I can see that in a few years, I will need to get the conversion to a more than 2 wheel model. At this time I am undecided whether to go with the small wheel type unit that is hydraulically assisted or the more conventional trike set up or the more radical front 2 wheel set up. I would love to read any articles on a comparison, from both the practical user and price angles. Thanks!
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Re: Average age ?

Post by Rowdy » Sat Apr 01, 2017 8:42 am

72 years old 1978 Gl1000 still ride ,Goldwing Trike,1800 ,
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Re: Average age ?

Post by GoldWingRev » Sat Apr 01, 2017 10:15 am

Too late to vote, but I'm 29. Had my first Wing at 25, though. Been motorcycling since before I got my license and then legally doing so afterwards (I was 15 when I got my license).
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Re: Average age ?

Post by rdearm38 » Sat Apr 01, 2017 10:44 am

I am 79 years of age and have been riding about 16 years. Started about 7 years after retiring. I have had 3 Honda motorcyles. A 650 cc, 1300 cc and my last, an 1800 Goldwing, which I dearly enjoy. It was purchased new and has about 37,000 miles on it. Have given much thought about hanging it up, but not really ready. I belong to a golfing group that plays twice weekly, I shoot trap and belong to a pistol group as well that also meets weekly. I still enjoy living.

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Re: Average age ?

Post by HawkFlyer » Sat Apr 01, 2017 11:44 am

IMHO, the price of a GW is a difficult hurtle for many people to meet when they are raising kids and meeting other costs related to keeping a home and meeting bills. Once the kids are gone and/or the house is paid off, the money problem loosens up a bit for many. Moreover, later in life the need to take the kids along reduces the need to have four wheels under you at all times.

If you think about it, a new GW costs more than many small cars and it is generally less flexible unless you dont mind getting wet, cold, or uncomfortably hot. Even when one considers used GW prices, they hold value very well when compared to other bikes of similar engine size. Add to that the fact that most younger riders want a sportier bike with a more spirited ride. THose sport bikes are far less expensive than almost any GW.

One people become more "seasoned", they want more comfort, and usually they are in that time of life where they can afford the luxury of a more expensive bike with all the options, and they have the time to use that bike to its fullest. My local GWRRA chapter has about 4 active members that are below 60. One of them is a youngster who rides with his father. One of my goals is to reach out to younger people to encourage them to buy and ride a GW even if they have to find a used one that meets their prioce point.

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Re: Average age ?

Post by wtaylor20 » Sat Apr 01, 2017 11:44 am

I will be 70 years old on June 10 of this year and I have been riding since 1970. My first bike was a Honda 350 which I rode for 6 years. After which I Purchased a Yamaha 650 Maxam in 1981 which I rode for 10 years and put 148,000.0 miles on it. I then move up to the Goldwing which I now ride a 2001 Goldwing.


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Re: Average age ?

Post by redpointrik » Sat Apr 01, 2017 12:09 pm

Age 68 and ready to hang it up. 2008 white wing is going up for sale this spring, back to 4-wheels full-time. Old motorcycle injuries have caught up with me.

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Re: Average age ?

Post by HawkFlyer » Sat Apr 01, 2017 1:52 pm

I guess I should have added that I am 64. I started riding around 1968 of and on and then full time in the mid 1970s. My first bike was a Yamaha RD250. My wife eventually took that bike over and I got a Yamaha RD400. I rode a nomber of different bikes for short periods, and we used to ride all year, including in the snow in Missouri. I have ridden a lot of bikes over the years, but in the mid 1980s I quit as riding in Washington DC was just sucide disquised as fun. Back around 1979 I rode a friends GL1000 and fell in love with the GW. But even then they were just too expensive for my budget.

A few years ago I decided to get back into riding. I looked for a good GW but really did not see anything that was priced right. Besides they weigh around 900 lbs and I figured I was getting too old to sling that kind of weight around. I mean what would I do if it tipped over.

I came across a 1983 GL650I with about 21K original miles on it. I had ridden one of those back in the day and they are great bikes, so I bought it. I rode that for a year, and one day I hooked up with the local Chapter of the GWRRA. Those guys convinced me that I had it all wrong about the weight of the GW. The center of gravity is so low that it is actually easier to ride than my GL650. So I tried one and they were right. I found a 1994 GL1500SE that I could buy from a shop lein and bought it. Fell in love from the first ride. But I still wanted a Classic 4 Cyl. Eventually a 1983 GL1100I turned up that only has about 10K original miles on it. It is a perfect match for my GL650 so I picked it up, and keep it at pour vacation home to ride when I am there.

I plan to ride until I cant get on the bike or someone throws that first shovel full of dirt in my face, which ever comes first. But before that happens I plan on fullfilling a life long dream of riding coast to coast on a bike.

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