Questions regarding "older" men and Goldwings


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Re: Questions regarding "older" men and Goldwings

Post by TerryRuth »



well im 72 this march and 165lbs 6'1'' if you think an 1100/1200 is heavy try a 95 1500 im now on an 06 1800 and it FEELS LIKE 60% OF A 1500 or 80% of an 1100 and speed has never killed anyone its the stopping that kills you



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I do not consider myself as old just vintage, I bought my first wing in 03 after almost 35 years of riding about a anything on two wheels. Yes it took some getting used to but in no time you become one with the bike. Lost that bike in 2014 and went back to smaller bikes. Well I read that the 1800 was heavier than the 1500 and I was not getting any younger. Then I made the mistake of riding one which I now own, rides like sport bike with bags, took 20 years off this old coot and mom loves it to.😇😇

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Post by Gowersoundman »

Sounds like apples and oranges. I have a '75 full-dressed GoldWing that's pretty hard to handle at low speeds and an '03 1800 that's (as one has mentioned in previous replies) about 1000 lbs. It is a learning curve but at 62 I've learned what the others have mentioned, that it's all about slowing your roll and balance. I will say that the 1800s are really good handling motorcycles above about 25 mph.

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I am looking at 62 way in the rear view mirror and just got rid of a Vulcan 900 that was tougher to ride then my 1800 and as far as slowing down the wing made me speed up cause this girl can dance, Mom has to keep telling me to slow down. I found the 1800 to be easier to handle at slow speed than the Vulcan and I have sustained (battle damage) through out my life. 😁

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I will be 70 in July. Have ridden Sportsters and Triumphs since I was 20. Thought about a Goldwing several times over these years. Just happen to see a 2001 GL1800 for sale last summer and ended up buying it. It does take a while to get use to the 1800. Massive size and weight compared to the bikes I have ridden in the past. I now love the Goldwing and am selling my 87 Sportster and 99 Triumph Trophy. Keeping the Goldwing (haven't droped it yet). Love the bike.

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All these posts offer great advice. One thing I learned early on is that with a heavy bike you really need to pay attention to where you place your foot when coming to a stop. Oil slicks at stop lights and pot holes in gas stations are two of the worst. I would also recommend boots with rubber soles and decent tread.

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I am 71 and have a 94 GL 1500 SE Trike. With currently, less than 53,000 miles on it! Iwent to a trike because of my height and love for big bikes. First I am 5' 6" tall 150 lbs. A two wheel Goldwing is too tall for me to balance. As are many other big bikes. No problem with a three wheeler. I can poke along at one mile an hour and it will not fall over! I can even stop and do not have to put my feet down.

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At 70 I'm still going strong and riding a GL1800 is a breeze, it handles really well even at low speeds. I had a Yamaha Venture Royal and at low speeds that thing handled like a tank and it was very much top heavy. My first Gold Wing I purchased in the early 80's and it was a 79 GL1000 fully dressed with the Vetter fairing, trunk and saddle bags, that was one sweet bike. My GL1800 will most likely out live me, the thing I really like about it, my wife and I can climb on this bike and just go where the front tire leads.
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waynedudes wrote:
Fri May 15, 2020 9:25 am
I am 71 and have a 94 GL 1500 SE Trike. With currently, less than 53,000 miles on it! Iwent to a trike because of my height and love for big bikes. First I am 5' 6" tall 150 lbs. A two wheel Goldwing is too tall for me to balance. As are many other big bikes. No problem with a three wheeler. I can poke along at one mile an hour and it will not fall over! I can even stop and do not have to put my feet down.


I turned 71 last year,i also sold my (91)GL1500 Interstate.after 9 years and VTX1800C after 6 last September,was very sorry to see them go but i thought ..like yourself ..one with... "stabilisers"....three wheels, would be better,i am 5' 7-8" tall and around 170 Lbs,i had no problem with either bike as i could easily put my feet on the floor with both,especially the VTX but the G/wing was starting to feel a bit heavy when stopped,the VTX although a large bike never felt heavy at all and was very easy to ride/handle,I had always fancied a "Trike" so bought one while i was still capable of riding and i only considered another "Wing"...I now have a 2007 GL1800A with a Lehman Monarch 2 conversion (25,000 miles)..,which had been converted by Goldwing specialist's... Colin Appleyards of Keighley (UK) ...it is also fitted with "easi-steer" so no aching shoulders and arms....have to say it did take some getting used to but i got there gradually and finally stopped trying to put my feet down :lol: ,also realise just how bad some roads are and soon learnt to steer round potholes,bumps etc...I's very nice..as you say..to potter along at 1mph in traffic etc with your feet up and not have to worry about falling over...Its also a lot more stable in heavy winds..Enjoy,stay safe happy Triking.... 8-)
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I was born in 1950 and I'm 29 years old.
That's my story and I'm stickin' to it.
I LOVE my GL1500!
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Man I’m glad to read this!

I’m in a similar situation to op, 38, and between 20 years of sportbike riding, 25 years of powerlifting and 15 years of submission grappling competition, I was waaaaaaaaay overconfident about how flat the learning curve would be.

I have a zx14, and had a bking for three years (worst decision I EVER made selling that thing, ugh. If I can handle those (with the requisite healthy fear and respect for ~200hp monsters), man a garage find $1000 83 aspencade is gonna be a Sunday breeze. Yikes. This thing is HEAVY and feels CLUNKY. It’s like the hypersport bikes are dangerous because they do EXACTLY what you ask them to, no matter how dangerous. This thing I feel like it’s a negotiation between me and the bike haha. It is pretty great to be reminded that there are worlds more to learn, and even more so when that lesson doesn’t come with an insurance claim and a hospital stay.

Good luck, glad to hear I’m not the only one humbled by these beautiful machines, and thank you to everyone that shared their time and experience to help us new baby wing pilots out.

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My thoughts...
The difference between (something like a) Harley & a GoldWing is like the difference between pushing around a box of rocks on land verses underwater.
If you start out underwater, it’ll seem impossible on land.
In all basics you still have to give respect to and learn its mass weight.


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