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The Magic Is Gone!

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I joined GoldwingDocs on Dec. 26, 2014. It was one of the best things I ever did. It was like being born into a brand new family. On Jan. 5, 2015, in answer to fastf's posting, "Please tell who or what made you by a Goldwing", I left a reply. If anyone is interested in where and when the dream began for me, I'm sure you can hunt that reply down.
This will likely be my last posting. I sold my '78 Wing last week. I bought that bike just under 43 years ago, in the fall of 1977, and rode it over 750,000 kms.
I just turned 73. To some that may seem young. To others old. I'm somewhere in between I think. I've been contemplating packing my biking in for the past couple of years. Not an easy thing to do. My physical strength, my reflexes, my reaction time etc. etc. all played a part in my decision. After a couple of relatively minor close calls it became apparent to me that I wasn't as lightning fast as I used to be, and I thought that I should maybe be realistic about things, and get out before something really serious happened. Also, to be honest, the magic is gone. It was time. It was a tough decision, but now that it's done, I really have no regrets. I would sell my bike for a realistic price, because there was definitely a close relationship between us, after all those years together. It was very personal. I swore that if I didn't get, right to the dollar what I was asking, I'd take it to the scrap yard and have it squeezed into a little cube. And that would be that! And that's the truth. Luckily it's gone to a good home. So I'm happy.
I've probably said more than enough. It's been a pleasure being with all of you. And ride safe..........................Dave








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Well, Dave, we will be sorry to see you depart the motorcycling active world, but you can still come back here on occasion to mince some words and give some sagely advice. You will be missed if you don't. Good luck with whatever endeavours you replace motorcycling with and all the best to you.
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Here's your post that you mentioned, Dave: viewtopic.php?p=141246#p141246

Sorry to lose such a great and prolific contributor to the site!

It's interesting that we've seen more than a few "after xx years, I've decided to give it up" type postings on the site from some very active members in the last six months or so.

I'd be lying if I said I didn't have similar sentiments sometimes - when a considerable percentage of your riding becomes "not getting hit and killed by people driving while using phones," the fun factor definitely goes down. It's gotten far worse in the last couple of years.

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Viking wrote:
Wed Jun 03, 2020 3:44 pm
Well, Dave, we will be sorry to see you depart the motorcycling active world, but you can still come back here on occasion to mince some words and give some sagely advice. You will be missed if you don't. Good luck with whatever endeavours you replace motorcycling with and all the best to you.
Thank you for those very kind words Viking. I always liked talking to you, so I'll try to come back occasionally and find out how you are all doing.
WingAdmin wrote:
Wed Jun 03, 2020 4:00 pm
Here's your post that you mentioned, Dave: viewtopic.php?p=141246#p141246

Sorry to lose such a great and prolific contributor to the site!

It's interesting that we've seen more than a few "after xx years, I've decided to give it up" type postings on the site from some very active members in the last six months or so.

I'd be lying if I said I didn't have similar sentiments sometimes - when a considerable percentage of your riding becomes "not getting hit and killed by people driving while using phones," the fun factor definitely goes down. It's gotten far worse in the last couple of years.
And you Scott, thank you for your very kind words. I always tried to speak from my heart, as it pertained to motorcycling.
I think that you can tell where I'm coming from, when I said that "the magic was gone." It's almost impossible, at least it was getting that way for me, to have a peaceful ride. I always rode defensively, and I always believed that I was a very good rider. But aside from the ravages of time catching up with me, it's getting a little too crazy out there.
Thank you for the dedicated, and insightful hard work that you put in for everyone on this forum. I appreciated it more than you may know. And I think that I likely speak for everyone on that.
God bless, and be careful out there............................Dave

I always got a laugh out of this one. Maybe because it seemed to hit home, unfortunately. :lol:


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Dave,
I am now right at 78 and for the most part, "the magic is gone".

I no longer feel the need to just get out there and ride, to anywhere, or somewhere....
I need a purpose to be riding, like an RTE to meet up with friends....

but just to get out on the bike and go around the block? the truck is a lot more comfortable and has Air Conditioning. :roll:

. I am currently in Dayton, Ohio visiting with my son, a distance of 750 miles or so to my home....

I had thought that I would use that as an excuse, but, I needed to take along a lot of computer gear to help him fix up some company stuff.... got it all done, but my tagalong trailer would not hold everything that I brought with me, and my back hurts like hell after an hour on the bike.....

I would sell the 1800, but my son said that is a "no go", he wants it after I can't ride it anymore....
and after his current job contract is over, so he has time to ride it.....
he is working 10-14 hour days right now :cry:

so yes, I fully appreciate your position..... I too know the feeling of "not enough riding to be a safe rider" anymore.

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Hi Dave:
I’m at 4 months to be 78, and Just like John sometimes I think about the time to step down. It makes me feel awful!!
It’s sad to hear that someone like is leaving this place.
Good luck in your new mission whichever it’ll be. We’ll miss you.
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Solina Dave wrote:
Wed Jun 03, 2020 3:32 pm
It was a tough decision, but now that it's done, I really have no regrets.
Good for you. Sorry, but I'm also glad you are able to have no regrets and had a GREAT time getting there.

Getting to that decision can be a difficult one. I thought I was done in 2013 when I sold my Hayabusa because it wasn't any fun any more. Then after 4 years my wife convinced me to get a Goldwing and we're back riding. I hope we can ride as long as you did. That'll give us 20 more years to enjoy riding the Wing everywhere we can.
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Riding has lost some of its appeal to me also, as have other things. The GW is a handful and sometimes for local errands I just take the 1200 Sportster. It's only 550 # and I haven't dropped IT yet. I never rode with a crowd in the past but most of the few people who I did ride with are gone. Somewhere. Unless something changes for the better, the way I see it going is maybe the HD will get switched out for something in the 400 # class for more local riding, and eventually I suppose the GW will go. But I love those bikes. I don't see a $20,000 Trike in my future. I bought my first 2 wheeler in 1961 and have had one most of the last 60 years. To quit riding would be like losing a piece of myself. It won't be an all or nothing proposition. Eventually it will be a modern-day equivalent of a DT175 for me. I'm 75 and although I'm not as strong as I was, I'm not ready to give it up yet. I guess we're all different.

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About this time two years ago I decided to sell my Wing. Some health problems made it a beast to heave around when I wasn't actually riding it. However, I was disappointed in the offers received for what is a very low mileage, and very good condition machine. So I didn't sell it and now I am very pleased with that outcome. I do have a very much smaller bike which I use throughout the winter months except when there is snow and/or ice on the roads - quite rare in England. But I still love my Goldwing in the summer time and plan to grow old gracefully with it. So it was with regret that I read of Solina Dave's decision. Of course is it Dave's decision which I respect, though I hope he might consider a more modest machine to play on now and again.
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I can't imagine getting that feeling. I'm currently enjoying my seventh decade. You have to go with what you feel is right for you. About ten years ago, I got involved with motorscooters (I currently has three and the "Wing). I found that riding them had me grinning like I did when I first started riding, all those years ago, and really appreciating the time I spend on the Goldwing when I ride it. Good luck with whatever you decide. Sometimes all that's needed is a little break, sometimes it's just time.

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Good luck as you go forward. There's a time for everything, and a time to move on. Better to move on after having a good run then to move on after an unpleasant incident. Stay in touch, sage advice is always appreciated. Cheers
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Best wishes for you in the future. Don't be a stranger here.....
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Hi Dave. Well, I too have just turned 73. Unfortunately, I was diagnosed with Terminal Cancer and given an estimated life span of around a month. Fortunately, due to Radiotherapy and Chemotherapy and modern technical advances, that was over three years ago. The point is this, I thought, because I had given up motorcycles in my twenties, I would return to riding. I wanted a big bike but health being the way it is, I thought I wouldn't be able to hold up a big bike. Solution for me was a Goldwing Trike. Okay, it's not easy to get parts over here in Scotland so it's expensive. So what. You have lost the "Joy" and I can understand that. My old Wing is not for looking at or polishing. Nor is it an investment. Its for riding. I don't care if its rain or shine, it goes out whenever I need to clear my head and get the "Joy". For me, it has become essential. Perhaps a change of Wing? Riding with a group? Spannering a Wing in somebody's workshop? I do hope you can perhaps enjoy again. If not, stay safe and chill. Kind Regards, Roy.

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Solina Dave wrote:
Wed Jun 03, 2020 3:32 pm
I joined GoldwingDocs on Dec. 26, 2014. It was one of the best things I ever did. It was like being born into a brand new family. On Jan. 5, 2015, in answer to fastf's posting, "Please tell who or what made you by a Goldwing", I left a reply. If anyone is interested in where and when the dream began for me, I'm sure you can hunt that reply down.
This will likely be my last posting. I sold my '78 Wing last week. I bought that bike just under 43 years ago, in the fall of 1977, and rode it over 750,000 kms.
I just turned 73. To some that may seem young. To others old. I'm somewhere in between I think. I've been contemplating packing my biking in for the past couple of years. Not an easy thing to do. My physical strength, my reflexes, my reaction time etc. etc. all played a part in my decision. After a couple of relatively minor close calls it became apparent to me that I wasn't as lightning fast as I used to be, and I thought that I should maybe be realistic about things, and get out before something really serious happened. Also, to be honest, the magic is gone. It was time. It was a tough decision, but now that it's done, I really have no regrets. I would sell my bike for a realistic price, because there was definitely a close relationship between us, after all those years together. It was very personal. I swore that if I didn't get, right to the dollar what I was asking, I'd take it to the scrap yard and have it squeezed into a little cube. And that would be that! And that's the truth. Luckily it's gone to a good home. So I'm happy.
I've probably said more than enough. It's been a pleasure being with all of you. And ride safe..........................Dave
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Dave, sorry to hear abt you giving up the Wing. I'm only 66, but already my old 89 just seems too much
for me. I'm only 5'7 1/2" so it can be a handful. A few years back i moved over to HD and i find they're just an all around better bike for me. Granted the wing has the best motor, but if i'm scaring the wife what's the point?

Last year we moved onto a 2019 tri Glide ultra and couldn't be happier. It's amazing how far they've come
on these. It almost rides itself! So, that is my solution, which may not be for everybody, (it's expensive, but we don't need the money) but it works for me.

I just can;t bring myself to sell the old 89 tho. Not yet. Good luck in whatever endeavours in store for you. maybe you'll end up on a GL1800 trike? Might think abt giving one a spin? Good Luck, Buddy!




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I'm 82 and still riding . Have an 82 Goldwing with a Watsonian sidecar. Spun a bearing on the sidecar rig and waiting for Watsonian to get back to work because of the Pandemic ! Also ride a Burgman 400 which I use for 2 wheel riding. I know my days are limited but Iwill still ride until I'm medically finished !

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Thank you Dave,
I don’t comment much here, but read the interesting educational articles and comments.
Your comments are always constructive and polite. You have helped many folks here.
You will be missed. Thank you.

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I spend more time over at NGW .... and we will miss you there too .... I’m 78 but not as smart as you so I’m still riding, although not as much

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I cant imagine a time when the "magic" just drains away! But have always said if I ever get too old or lazy to put my feet down I will put a side car on my wing. So the magic can continue.
Or try a lighter bike and then maybe put a side car on that one...
So I picked up this last year and use it for off pavement a 2017 BMW GSA. Just recently I rode up and back to the Sheldon wildlife refuge in Northern NV mostly using back dirt roads camping along the way.


Anyway it is almost half the weight of a wing and could replace it one day. Also a side car for it is definitely an option for the future.

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Well one thing you can count on is that nothing stays the same. While in our near 70's we still look forward to our summer adventures and I ride and commute to my shop daily. Years ago I started building reverse trikes for myself not due to physical issues rather so i could enjoy more back road travel. I have stuck with the RT's over the last 13 years and never a day goes by where I feel motorcycles are no longer in my future. One of my late Uncles road until he was 94 then quit and died soon after - lesson learned.

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Gowing2 wrote:
Wed Jul 01, 2020 8:57 am
Thank you Dave,
Your comments are always constructive and polite. You have helped many folks here.
You will be missed. Thank you.
Thank you very much for your kind comments. That was very nice to hear. I've always tried to stay as honest, as I could.
I would be lying if I didn't admit, that at certain times in the past month or so, I haven't felt a little bit of a sense of loss, especially if I'm out cruisin' in my car on a sunny day, on some fine country road, and a rider goes by me seemingly in a world of his own. I can relate. But I'm finding, as I was sure I would, that I can feel that same sense of quiet solitude, and that this perfect countryside is just as perfect in my car, as it was on my bike.
It's a lot like my friend Viking says, "It ain't about the destination - it's all about the journey"
And while I'm here thank you all, for your kind comments. There's a lot more good people in this world, than there are bad people.

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That is the funniest meme I’ve seen in months.

Solina Dave wrote:
Wed Jun 03, 2020 7:46 pm
Viking wrote:
Wed Jun 03, 2020 3:44 pm
Well, Dave, we will be sorry to see you depart the motorcycling active world, but you can still come back here on occasion to mince some words and give some sagely advice. You will be missed if you don't. Good luck with whatever endeavours you replace motorcycling with and all the best to you.
Thank you for those very kind words Viking. I always liked talking to you, so I'll try to come back occasionally and find out how you are all doing.
WingAdmin wrote:
Wed Jun 03, 2020 4:00 pm
Here's your post that you mentioned, Dave: viewtopic.php?p=141246#p141246

Sorry to lose such a great and prolific contributor to the site!

It's interesting that we've seen more than a few "after xx years, I've decided to give it up" type postings on the site from some very active members in the last six months or so.

I'd be lying if I said I didn't have similar sentiments sometimes - when a considerable percentage of your riding becomes "not getting hit and killed by people driving while using phones," the fun factor definitely goes down. It's gotten far worse in the last couple of years.
And you Scott, thank you for your very kind words. I always tried to speak from my heart, as it pertained to motorcycling.
I think that you can tell where I'm coming from, when I said that "the magic was gone." It's almost impossible, at least it was getting that way for me, to have a peaceful ride. I always rode defensively, and I always believed that I was a very good rider. But aside from the ravages of time catching up with me, it's getting a little too crazy out there.
Thank you for the dedicated, and insightful hard work that you put in for everyone on this forum. I appreciated it more than you may know. And I think that I likely speak for everyone on that.
God bless, and be careful out there............................Dave

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Hey Dave, I'm in my 60's and have had a lot of friends decide their time has come. And like you when my time comes I'll just throw in the towel. No trike for this guy. We're gonna miss you!

The question is asked, "When is it time" to give it up? I'm a retired Seattle PD Motor Officer. I started riding as a kid, spent 27 years in Motors, and have always had my own bike. I am a proud member of the Million Mile Club. I think it's fair to say my veins run with 10W-40. And.....wait for it......my wife will decide when the time has come! Our agreement is that when she says enough, I sell my Wing and buy a sexy convertible. I even had a really nasty on duty crash while pursuing a speed violation and my wife told me, while still in the hospital, that I would get back in the saddle first and then decide. She's not a rider, but God bless her for understanding how guys like us couldn't be without a bike.

When that happens I'll get ahold of you and we'll go for a "ride" together!

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I'm 62 and just bought a BMW R1200GS, better suited to the the desert southwest and mountains where I live. But I know a little about hanging up the spurs. I made the decision to retire from airline flying at age 60, the old retirement age, in 2018. Several folks lambasted me for leaving five years' worth of earnings on the table, others were supportive. I was just looking out the kitchen window one morning a few days before I had to pack up, drive to El Paso, jump on a regional jet to Houston and start a four-day trip. I remember thinking that I was getting really tired of all that, when a hummingbird flew up to the window, eyeballed me for a short while, then whizzed away in search of nectar. Right then I knew. Decision made, no regrets. Well done, Dave.
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I've been riding motorcycles since 1969. Do the math. I sympathize with my comrades that are ready to hang it up. All I can tell you is that for me, motorcycling isn't something I do; it's part of me. It's in my DNA. It's part of who I am. I like to think that I'm a better rider than I was 50 years ago, not because my reflexes are better; but because I've learned a few things along the journey. What's between my ears has evolved. I've learned to expect the unexpected. I don't push the envelope. I ride in my comfort zone.

I'm reminded of a rider I had the privilege of meeting on my trip to Alaska. Lots of motorcyclist make the trip to Alaska. It's an epic journey that will be the highlight of your motorcycling lifetime experience. While traveling the Alaska Highway one constantly passes and is passed by the same motorcyclists. There was one motorcyclist in particular that is indelibly etched into my psyche. We called her "Grandma". We had the opportunity to meet and talk to Grandma at a restaurant in British Columbia. She was riding a Harley trike. It seems that she and her husband had always wanted to ride to Alaska. Before they could make the trip her husband died unexpectedly. So she, alone, was making the trip. She was doing this not just for herself; but as a tribute to her husband. A 70+ year old lady, making the trip alone, to Alaska. Fulfilling a dream. Motorcycling, you see, was in Grandma's DNA. Her heart was that of a young woman. We felt so fortunate to have met her. I'll never forget Grandma.

To anyone getting up there in years, thinking about hanging it up, my advice is this: What got you into motorcycling in the first place? Was it the allure of a new bike? Was it the camaraderie of fellow riders? Was it the sense of adventure? Perhaps if you can do whatever may be necessary, you can recapture these feelings, and you will once again be compelled to ride. If not, I feel blessed to have share the road with you. Adios my friend.



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