Average age ?


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What is your age?

Below 30
20
2%
30-34
11
1%
35-39
22
3%
40-44
36
4%
45-49
61
7%
50-54
122
14%
55-59
173
20%
60-64
169
20%
65-69
135
16%
70+
96
11%
 
Total votes: 845

wizard69
Posts: 6
Joined: Wed Jul 19, 2017 2:26 pm
Location: East Texas, PA
Motorcycle: 2007 GL 1800

Re: Average age ?

Post by wizard69 » Wed Aug 02, 2017 3:07 pm



just turned 60, 25 yr helo pilot so theory that age + work years = about 90 is true. just want to say most Harley riders are much like us; they have families and jobs, many are fellow vets and are good people. then there are the "one percenters" (color-wearing biker gangs) you will likely never encounter, but you WILL meet the 1% "wanna-be's". They're the ones that won't wave, don't want your help, etc. Fine, ride on. But I do charity rides that start at Pocono Mountain HD and they couldn't be nicer people. (I assume it's this way in most of the country) My first time, I found a captain and asked him if I could ride along (it is their house after all). Then I found another graybeard and asked him how they do the formation (start side by side, switch to one-second staggered trail in motion, pair up again at traffic lights) It also helped that I had taken a few advanced classes and they got even more friendly when they saw I could ride well. I don't go to HOG events for obvious reasons and stick to the charity rides like breast-cancer and toys for tots (go to local HD store page and click on "events." Also, lets-ride.com is a site for all makes of bike) A few weeks ago I went on a ride for one of their guys who died a year ago in a crash. A few came up and said "thanks", I said we're all riders inside. I truly enjoy riding with them and I learn a lot each time. Like carrying water and forcing it even when you don't feel thirsty, it's SO easy to dehydrate at 90+ on a 4.5 hour ride. Plus if you never did it, you can't imagine how draining close formation is in that kind of heat. I quickly saw my lined leather vest was too hot; they all had thin calf-skin vests with the snaps replaced with short chains that let air in. If you never heard of "Gravitate" riding jeans, (gravitatejeans.com) buy a pair. Today. Last, by "wave" I hope you mean the low "V" that I give and get 95% of the time and not gomer pyle waving to Andy! Enjoy yourself, but try to keep the pointy end going forward.



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Wingnut Mutt
Posts: 5
Joined: Mon Jul 31, 2017 12:31 pm
Location: West Haven, Vermont
Motorcycle: 1985 GL1200 Aspencade

Re: Average age ?

Post by Wingnut Mutt » Thu Aug 03, 2017 8:37 am

55 years old and been riding Wings all of my motorcycling life! My first bile was a GL1000 with less than 2K miles on it when I bought it, waaaay back when I was in my mid-20s. Seems so long ago now...

NeWrIdER7
Posts: 2
Joined: Sun Aug 06, 2017 7:40 pm
Location: Heber, AZ
Motorcycle: 1978 gl1000 Honda goldwing

Re: Average age ?

Post by NeWrIdER7 » Sun Aug 06, 2017 11:21 pm

Is it a bad thing that I may be one of the youngest on this website I'm only 16 and have a 1978 gl1000 goldwing I hope to keep it untill I die lol hope it lives long enough.

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MiWinger51
Posts: 234
Joined: Wed Aug 21, 2013 3:54 am
Location: Clio, Michigan
Motorcycle: 1987 GL1200A Aspencade
2006 GL 1800 audio comfort navi
1972 CB500 four (sold long ago, too bad)

Re: Average age ?

Post by MiWinger51 » Mon Aug 07, 2017 5:09 am

NeWrIdER7 wrote:
Sun Aug 06, 2017 11:21 pm
Is it a bad thing that I may be one of the youngest on this website I'm only 16 and have a 1978 gl1000 goldwing I hope to keep it untill I die lol hope it lives long enough.
I think it is wonderful that a young man of 16 is riding a Goldwing. Take good care of your bike and your bike will take good care of you.
Live to Ride---Ride to Live
Al

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Rednaxs60
Posts: 1812
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 » Mon Aug 07, 2017 10:23 am

NeWrIdER7 wrote:
Sun Aug 06, 2017 11:21 pm
Is it a bad thing that I may be one of the youngest on this website I'm only 16 and have a 1978 gl1000 goldwing I hope to keep it untill I die lol hope it lives long enough.
Good for you. Back in the day a 750 was a monster of a bike and those that had them were looked on as cutting edge. A 1000 cc bike will keep you riding and not having to upgrade all the time.

There was a 30ish young man who took a '77 1000 on this years iron butt rally and came in 17th overall. Here is a thread on him and his bike. https://ngwclub.com/forum/viewtopic.php ... +iron+butt

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

Ernest

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wilmo
Posts: 227
Joined: Wed May 02, 2012 10:53 pm
Location: Ogden, Utah
Motorcycle: 2000 Goldwing 1500 SE White
2005 Yamaha Majesty 400

Re: Average age ?

Post by wilmo » Mon Aug 07, 2017 4:52 pm

Does this poll self update? When I originally voted, I was in the 55-59 group now I have upgraded to the 60-65 group. Did this poll do the right thing and move me to the correct group while deleting me from the wrong group? Just wonderin'

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

Re: Average age ?

Post by Dudleygray » Tue Aug 15, 2017 10:41 am

Heading for 78 on Dec 28, 2017.
1st bike a 1949 125cc Harley, up to a 650cc 1955 Tiger 110 in 1956. 1st Wing a new 2002 GL1800 in Oct 2001 after 3 ZG1000 Concours. Love 2 wheels. Best way to get anywhere for any reason unless it's pouring down rain when you open the garage door. Wing now has 118k on the odometer, still flawless, without blemish and gets used for all purposes. Counter steering has become natural & 2nd nature. Social riding has little interest for me so I mostly go it alone unless touring the hills of East Tennessee with brother Dexter & son Kelly Scott. Or some other winding hilly roads in Texas, Arkansas or Oklahoma along the way.
Still working full time in the Houston metropolitan area so commuting the 40 mi from home to the office is a relief on HOV lanes at 6 a.m. & 4 p.m. A daily adventure that's still fun, as long as you stay alert among the sea of diverse vehicles, even in the summer heat. Gold wings.com is a real treat and a resource I've benefitted from even though I have found only a few of its unexplored segments. Continued engagement will no doubt pay dividends when leisure time permits or desperate needs dictate otherwise.
Thank you for your diligence. Two wheels & required counter steering is the prevailing answer. If I'm so decrepit that I can't manage 2 wheels I'm probably done. (Could change my mind if this really does happen) At 140 lb & 5 ft 6 today (down from 5 ft. 10 when I rode the Triumph in 1956) I still put the Wing on the center stand & manage OK. Ride Safe!!
Regards, Dudley

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MiWinger51
Posts: 234
Joined: Wed Aug 21, 2013 3:54 am
Location: Clio, Michigan
Motorcycle: 1987 GL1200A Aspencade
2006 GL 1800 audio comfort navi
1972 CB500 four (sold long ago, too bad)

Re: Average age ?

Post by MiWinger51 » Tue Aug 15, 2017 11:47 am

Dudleygray wrote:
Tue Aug 15, 2017 10:41 am
Heading for 78 on Dec 28, 2017.
1st bike a 1949 125cc Harley, up to a 650cc 1955 Tiger 110 in 1956. 1st Wing a new 2002 GL1800 in Oct 2001 after 3 ZG1000 Concours. Love 2 wheels. Best way to get anywhere for any reason unless it's pouring down rain when you open the garage door. Wing now has 118k on the odometer, still flawless, without blemish and gets used for all purposes. Counter steering has become natural & 2nd nature. Social riding has little interest for me so I mostly go it alone unless touring the hills of East Tennessee with brother Dexter & son Kelly Scott. Or some other winding hilly roads in Texas, Arkansas or Oklahoma along the way.
Still working full time in the Houston metropolitan area so commuting the 40 mi from home to the office is a relief on HOV lanes at 6 a.m. & 4 p.m. A daily adventure that's still fun, as long as you stay alert among the sea of diverse vehicles, even in the summer heat. Gold wings.com is a real treat and a resource I've benefitted from even though I have found only a few of its unexplored segments. Continued engagement will no doubt pay dividends when leisure time permits or desperate needs dictate otherwise.
Thank you for your diligence. Two wheels & required counter steering is the prevailing answer. If I'm so decrepit that I can't manage 2 wheels I'm probably done. (Could change my mind if this really does happen) At 140 lb & 5 ft 6 today (down from 5 ft. 10 when I rode the Triumph in 1956) I still put the Wing on the center stand & manage OK. Ride Safe!!
Regards, Dudley
A great testimony to what is possible as we age. I am almost 67 ( a mere child to you 😉) I only hope that I am as spry at 78 as you appear to be. Good luck to you and may God bless you with many more years of riding.
Al
Live to Ride---Ride to Live
Al

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jandjgoldwing
Posts: 46
Joined: Tue Apr 07, 2015 9:07 pm
Location: Sun City Center, FL
Motorcycle: 1988 GL1500, 1992 FXDC, 1976 CB750
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Re: Average age ?

Post by jandjgoldwing » Tue Aug 15, 2017 12:26 pm

Dudleygray wrote:
Tue Aug 15, 2017 10:41 am
Heading for 78 on Dec 28, 2017.
1st bike a 1949 125cc Harley, up to a 650cc 1955 Tiger 110 in 1956. 1st Wing a new 2002 GL1800 in Oct 2001 after 3 ZG1000 Concours. Love 2 wheels. Best way to get anywhere for any reason unless it's pouring down rain when you open the garage door. Wing now has 118k on the odometer, still flawless, without blemish and gets used for all purposes. Counter steering has become natural & 2nd nature. Social riding has little interest for me so I mostly go it alone unless touring the hills of East Tennessee with brother Dexter & son Kelly Scott. Or some other winding hilly roads in Texas, Arkansas or Oklahoma along the way.
Still working full time in the Houston metropolitan area so commuting the 40 mi from home to the office is a relief on HOV lanes at 6 a.m. & 4 p.m. A daily adventure that's still fun, as long as you stay alert among the sea of diverse vehicles, even in the summer heat. Gold wings.com is a real treat and a resource I've benefitted from even though I have found only a few of its unexplored segments. Continued engagement will no doubt pay dividends when leisure time permits or desperate needs dictate otherwise.
Thank you for your diligence. Two wheels & required counter steering is the prevailing answer. If I'm so decrepit that I can't manage 2 wheels I'm probably done. (Could change my mind if this really does happen) At 140 lb & 5 ft 6 today (down from 5 ft. 10 when I rode the Triumph in 1956) I still put the Wing on the center stand & manage OK. Ride Safe!!
Regards, Dudley
Way to go, Dudley! I'm 5 years younger, go for regular walks to keep my legs in shape. I know a lot of older riders who move to 3 wheelers, and good for them, too! As for me, well, I have a convertible car, along with my 88 Goldwing. A 3 wheeler takes about the same amount of space to park. A convertible can get me out of the weather. So, a 3 wheeler probably isn't in my future.

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C-dub
Posts: 165
Joined: Thu Aug 24, 2017 8:29 pm
Location: DFW, Texas
Motorcycle: 2016 Goldwing Audio/Comfort/Nav ABS
Previous bikes:
2005 Hayabusa
1999 Suzuki Bandit 1200S
1979 Suzuki GS850G
1983 Suzuki GS1100E
1981 Honda XL250
1975 Suzuki GT185M
1970 Suzuki TC90 dirtbike

Re: Average age ?

Post by C-dub » Thu Aug 24, 2017 9:31 pm

I never thought I'd own a Wing. I've always admired them, but really never thought it was for me. Cost would have been a factor if I thought I really wanted one. My last bike was an '05 Busa, which was way too much fun, but now there's a little part of me that wishes I would have gotten a Wing instead. OTH, I'm very pleased with the new 2016 I've had for almost a month. I'm 52 now.
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gold91
Posts: 13
Joined: Wed Sep 06, 2017 8:31 am
Location: Ninove, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Motorcycle: current bikes:
1991 GL1500SE 10th Anniversary Edition Gold/Brown
1990 BMW K100LT
1988 BMW K75S
2000 Yamaha XV1600A Wildstar

First one was a Yamaha XS650 in 1978

Re: Average age ?

Post by gold91 » Fri Sep 08, 2017 2:26 pm

i am 58 years old.
I have bin riding motorcycles from when i was 18 years and my first one was a Yamaha XS650 in 1978.
It is my first Honda and never wishes to have one before.
The reason that i now have bought one is related to my current age.
Now it is time for me to have maximum comfort on a bike and because everyone is telling that the Goldwing the best choice is, i want to try it.
Greetings from a Belgian motorcyclist.

lehrjet
Posts: 1
Joined: Sat May 19, 2012 1:03 pm
Location: Denver, Colorado
Motorcycle: 2010 1800 Goldwing

Re: Average age ?

Post by lehrjet » Fri Oct 27, 2017 3:58 pm

I've been on a Wing for around 40 yrs.from a GL1000 to GL1800. The new Wing looks nice,but I'm not going to give up my Trike!!!
Lehrjet,

Oh,I'll be 73 in late March

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eeh
Posts: 4
Joined: Sat Jan 05, 2013 2:03 pm
Location: Desenzano d/G 25015 Italy
Motorcycle: 1996 GL1500SE

Re: Average age ?

Post by eeh » Fri Oct 27, 2017 5:30 pm

I'm a 57 old and ride alone or with my wife,
I think every biker is well accepted but if everyone remains on their own it is all right !
I fully endorse as Viking wrote and understand it.
Bye, lamps, eeh

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DCTruncale
Posts: 17
Joined: Sun Jun 12, 2016 11:19 am
Location: Baytown, Tx
Motorcycle: current: 2012 Honda Goldwing (Navigation)
formerly: 2007 Kawasaki VN1600 Nomad
1995 Kawasaki VN88 (1500) Vulcan
1998 Suzuki Intruder 800
1976 Honda CB 500 T
1972 Honda CB 175

Re: Average age ?

Post by DCTruncale » Tue May 01, 2018 8:15 am

I'm 63 and got my 2012 Goldwing 2 years ago (road other bikes prior to that).
The reason I bought a Goldwing - reliability and longevity. I ride about 23,000 miles per year and needed a bike that would last.
Pleasant surprise after purchasing the Wing - it's easier to ride than my prior Kawasaki 1600 Nomad, and despite being 100 lbs heavier, feels lighter.
Wish I had discovered this sooner. :D
<><david

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We are not done yet.

grizzly
Posts: 9
Joined: Wed Jun 23, 2010 8:56 am
Location: mt airy,nc
Motorcycle: 2013 GOLDWING NAVI

Re: Average age ?

Post by grizzly » Tue May 01, 2018 8:53 am

I'm 57 been riding Goldwing since I bought a 2000 goldwing at age of 39 now I ride a 2013 navi goldwing

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Scooter363y
Posts: 152
Joined: Mon Jun 29, 2015 7:39 pm
Location: Marysville,ohio
Motorcycle: 2014 gl1800

Re: Average age ?

Post by Scooter363y » Wed May 02, 2018 8:05 am

I run into the same thing. It's hard to get people up early. I can understand why. I got up early for most of my 32 years at Honda to be at work and ready to go at six am. I really like how the bikes run that early in the morning. Mine like gulping down the cool dense air. They seem to enjoy it just as much as I do. About the only down side is the abundance of deer out that early. I have hit two but thankfully I was in a car!

Ride safe
Scooter

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GoldWingRev
Posts: 83
Joined: Fri Sep 27, 2013 10:28 am
Location: Waukesha, WI
Motorcycle: 1988 GL1500
Pull-behind trailer (my design)
1978 CB400T (Hawk II)
2017 Zero DS
2017 Tesla S P100D
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Re: Average age ?

Post by GoldWingRev » Wed May 02, 2018 9:50 am

I think I voted, but didn’t respond. Just turned 30, been on wings since I was 24, got my motorcycle license at 15.

I have the same problem about age as other people do. Luckily I’m an old soul so I can usually fit in with any groups I’m in.

I also can do 1000+ miles in about 14 hours if I need to, one time I went from eastern PA home to WI in about 13 hours (with fuel and food stops) because I got bored and tired of traveling. I travel alone because very few of my friends have motorcycles.
"It's a dangerous business, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no telling where you might be swept off to." (Bilbo Baggins) 🐉

dthorntonministries
Posts: 11
Joined: Tue Jul 24, 2012 8:14 pm
Location: Fairfield, TX
Motorcycle: "2000SE Honda Goldwing" "1985 Honda Goldwing Aspencade"

Re: Average age ?

Post by dthorntonministries » Sun Jun 03, 2018 9:49 pm

In March of 2018, I had my 76th birthday. My first ride alone was on my Dad's Simplex Service Cycle. That is a stand-alone story.
My first bike was a 1957 Mustang, then a 500 Triumph, to a Suzuki TS 185, then another TS 185 after the first one got stolen in Houston, TX. I didn't own a bike for a while, but rode my dad's Honda 305 Super Hawk when I needed a fix. My first Goldwing was a 1985 Aspencade. I rode it for over 4 years, sold it and bought a 96 SE. After wrecking it in the rain in Arkansas, i purchased the 2000 SE, Pearl White, that I now ride. I was about 11-12 when I rode the Simplex, so that amounts to 66 years of riding, one thing or another. Still today, I'd rather ride than drive. If I'm forced to travel in a cage, I'd rather drive that ride, if you get the picture.
Stay safe out there.
Be blessed, DT

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bstig60
Posts: 1021
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Location: Sharpes, FL.
Motorcycle: 2003 GL 1800
2005 ST 1300
1999 Virago XV1100LC
Luggage Trailer, 2014 Home Made
1983 XJ 750 Seca Tour Model w/ hard bags and trunk
1987 Honda TLR 200
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Re: Average age ?

Post by bstig60 » Mon Jun 04, 2018 7:28 am

I will be 73 in August. I recently moved from Northern California to the East Coast of Florida. Looking forward to riding more in the winter time. I currently have an '03 GL1800 that I bought about a year ago, she only has 35000 miles on her. This is my 3rd GW. I previously had an '88 and a '99 1500. I enjoy long touring trips and have explored most all of the western states, except Colorado, now its the East's turn. I am contemplating a (4 corners) ride with a group I just joined in mid August of this year.. That would be from Key West, FL to Northern Maine to Blaine, WA and down the coast highway to San Diego and back to Florida..... Got to save up some funds for that one.....
Bill

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paulr
Posts: 35
Joined: Mon Jul 11, 2011 11:51 pm
Location: TODWICK,S.YORKS..United Kingdom
Motorcycle: 1984 GL1200 INTERSTATE..now gone..
1991 1500GL INTERSTATE
2008 VTX 1800

Re: Average age ?

Post by paulr » Mon Jun 04, 2018 8:47 am

Hi all..it's really great and uplifting to read of so many older riders with "wings" ..i am 70 in a few months and still riding mine.The only trouble where i live in Yorkshire/UK is you cannot go far without coming to road junctions/traffic lights/speed humps/roundabouts/a corner every few hundred yards/potholes /heavy traffic..etc....My "wing" is an Interstate originally from B.C. Canada...registered Jan 1st 1991,still running/looking great,i also do all my own maintenance on both bikes....also have VTX 18OOC....ride safe evryone and keep the shiny side up :D :D 8-)


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JustBought
Posts: 4
Joined: Sat Jun 02, 2018 6:56 am
Location: St. Paul, indiana
Motorcycle: 1984 GL1200 Interstate

Re: Average age ?

Post by JustBought » Thu Jun 14, 2018 12:51 pm

Im 26. I was curious about the goldwing as people say its for "old" people, a statement I just could see eye to eye with. While cruding through youtube I found a guy whos channel is SrkCycles who did a video about a holding a beat down gl1100, while saying he loved the ride. Well a guy I was working with had the gl1200 for sale and was still curious on goldwing so I took it for a test ride....... In December......... At 10 degrees Fahrenheit. I fell in love with it. I love the way it rides, and the comfort, also was looking for a bike for me and my wife to ride together. So I payed the man and loaded it up on a trailer. This beauty has it problems like the Speedo doesnt work. Gauge cluster goes in and out, and had a vibration at a decent amount of throttle mainly in 5th gear but it runs good. The odometer states it has almost 92,000 on it but doesnt quite feel like it.
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BadMonk
Posts: 15
Joined: Wed Oct 11, 2017 9:55 pm
Location: Lehigh Valley, PA
Motorcycle: 1987 Honda GL1200 Interstate, 2007 Victory Vegas, 1980 Suzuki GS850GLX

Re: Average age ?

Post by BadMonk » Sun Jul 01, 2018 8:04 am

62 and been riding fifty years, beginning in corn and wheat fields on mini-bikes and trail 50s. in that amount of time, it's natural to have ridden and luckily owned many bikes. my interests have always been large v-twins and wings. i've owned a 1200 and two 1500s. the last 1500 was '96 se that was purchased brand spanking new. what a bike! (unfortunately it was sold in a divorce settlement). since then i've just been on v-twins until this past winter when i bought a '87 1200. it immediately brought back memories, all good. it's running good and set up how i like my bike to ride. i've been enjoying it and my victory vegas a lot this summer.

Uptwobucks
Posts: 39
Joined: Wed Jun 20, 2018 4:41 pm
Location: Kemah texas
Motorcycle: 2002 Goldwing 1800GL
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Re: Average age ?

Post by Uptwobucks » Sun Jul 01, 2018 12:30 pm

Technically speaking, Harley-Davidson motorcycles sold in the United States are not actually made here, but assembled here. Harley contracts manufacturing of parts to plants located all over the world, including Germany, Italy, Taiwan, Japan, and Mexico. Those parts are then shipped to Harley factories here.

They just have an ego problem.

zeekxxx
Posts: 3
Joined: Sat Aug 25, 2018 8:12 pm
Location: South Florida
Motorcycle: 2006 Wing

Re: Average age ?

Post by zeekxxx » Mon Sep 03, 2018 11:43 am

Wow.

Too many posts to go though all of them so I am jumping to the end to say this....

I have wanted one for 15 years. I am 47 so my love of them started at 32ish. Every time I went to get one it was out of my price range.

I was in the service then and it always seemed like I made just enough to pay more bills. Thankfully due to a military retirement and a chance of luck I was able to improve my life.. for my family.. 10 fold. Grateful to God for that. :)

I bought my first Wing 6 days ago and I wish I didn't wait so long. Having storage and a bike that rides this nice is an amazing thing. I also enjoy a larger presence on the road with a well lit rear end on the bike. If they can't see me they must be drunk and then it's just down to bad luck at that point.

So all in all don't worry about the "age" thing. Buy what you enjoy. In my case a few of my so called friends gave me grief about being too young for that bike.

Guess what. I am retired now... They don't bother to keep in touch with me and I don't think they ever really were that good of a friend.

Enjoy your bike a ride on!

Bart



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