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Jan 19th 2020, 06:19 AM   #1
 Sentinel's Avatar
 
  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2019 Nada
Downsizing. Getting older or getting smarter?

First I sold the C14 Stratoliner. Too heavy. Too fast. And I didn't want to even consider that valve job. And I shudder at the thought of ever having to pick it up, and the cost of same.
Then I sold the N1000. The fun-speed was too high. Risk Factor Five!
Now I ride a 450cc single. Honda 450X sumo.
Bicycle weight. Low power. Maximum fun at sane speeds. Yeah, whoolies prolly cost a pretty penny if the man sees me and catches me. But I don't do that many, and never in traffic.

So I was wondering if anyone else is going back to roots, finding the fun in motorcycleing again and perhaps giving up some of the pretense.

I know that HD is on life support, but that's not my point. It's just a symptom.

Is it a thing, or is it just me?

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Jan 19th 2020, 07:22 AM   #2
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  Jan 2016
  Moses Lake, WA

  2013 Kawasaki Concours C-14, 2005 ZX-10R Kawasaki (Nekkid), '99 Yamaha TW-200
Must just be you...I am staring 60 in the cold beady eyes, but after my late season track day last September I realized I am not done trying to feel fast. My ZX-10 sees less miles but I will keep it for the fast day or two trips and the track. I do not feel the C-14 is to heavy or fast, in fact I just dropped 2K into it for suspension upgrades so it will behave nicer when pushed....may even take it on the track. Sumo looks like a license loser to me, so I will stick with my TW 200 for low power option.

But to each their own, just keep riding if you enjoy it.
Jan 19th 2020, 08:03 AM   #3
 Rusty Nail's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Sandy

  2007 FZ1
I used to ride a ZX10R. Loved it. I thought I would ride it or a bike like it until the end. Had an injury that made it too hard to ride a bike like that anymore. Over time I worked my way up to an FZ1. Great bike and at the limit of what I can move around while parking or leaving. I miss the Ninja. I miss being able to ride like I used to more though. I still love to ride so I ride what I can.
Jan 19th 2020, 09:33 AM   #4
 
  Jan 2016
  Oregon

  2018 Kaw Ninja H2 SX SE
Everyone's gettin' Older!

Including me.

People ask "How long you gonna ride?"

I tell 'em "Forever. Until I can't hold the bike upright."

I ride just as much or more than I ever did. But the Rides keep getting shorter. I really don't wanna be on a bike all day long. After a few hours, I start looking for a place to stop. Or I was heading there in the first place.

"It's not the Journey, It's the Lunch!"

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Edited by motoman on Jan 19th 2020 at 09:44 AM
Jan 19th 2020, 09:56 AM   #5
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  Jan 2016
  Moses Lake, WA

  2013 Kawasaki Concours C-14, 2005 ZX-10R Kawasaki (Nekkid), '99 Yamaha TW-200
Heck, I planned for the Long Game by getting "grand fathered" in to my 3-wheel/side-car endorsement before they cut that off. Ta is my option for bikes getting to heavy to hold up or an injury limitation.

BTW, I became an official Great Grandfather (5 bonus GGK's already) on 01/07...does that make me old? I plan on taking Lucy on her first M/C ride, like her mother and grandmother before her.
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Jan 19th 2020, 01:18 PM   #6
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  Jan 2016
  Garden Home

  2012 Versys...'83 BMW R80 RT...Suzuki GS 450t
so I was really really into white water kayaking for 12 years...I thought I would never give it up..it was my life...then came the day when I discovered I no longer had the "edge" needed...I could've step down to lower classes of rivers..but there was no joy in that for me...I still miss it..but am happy to be alive and on a motorcycle instead...I'm 71 and I know I won't be riding "forever"..in fact not for very many more years...no need to go out and ruin a motorcycle and/or myself..if you get my drift...
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Edited by chadams66 on Jan 19th 2020 at 02:41 PM
Jan 19th 2020, 02:12 PM   #7
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  Jan 2016
  Emmett Idaho

  2010 Honda Goldwing, 2007 Suzuki Burgman 650, 2005 Kawasaki KLR 650, 1995 Honda PC800
Still love my GL1800 and my BMW R1100RT before that. Still have my 1995 PC800 that I bought new and my KLR 650. But when the ride is less than a 200 mile trip I find myself more and more riding my Suzuki 650 Burgman. With the 50 liter Givi top box and loads of under seat storage there is plenty of cargo area. An oversize windshield, a Russell Day-Long saddle with a back rest and real cruise control I am ready for almost anything out there. And at 650 lbs it feels light as a feather compared to my Gold Wing.
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Jan 19th 2020, 02:41 PM   #8
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  Jan 2016
  Seattle ,Wa

  Burgman 400, TW200, Boulevard M50, 2018 Indian Scout 1131, 2018 Indian Chieftain Classic
What I do @62 years old, less cylinders, more weight, traded in the WR250R for a TW200, fits me better






I was always Slow.....



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Jan 19th 2020, 09:18 PM   #9
 Parilla125's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  SeaTac

It seems like motorcycle butt time is getting less and I lean more toward riding my lighter bikes. I have a ‘Sport Scooter’, Yamaha TMAX 530 that is a blast to ride. Just picked up a CTX700 DCT (automatic) that I am liking as well.
I still have seven bikes but may sell off a couple this spring. Just put a BW350 front end on my TW200 for sand use but have not tried it yet.
Motorcycles are still fun!
Jan 20th 2020, 07:42 AM   #10
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  Apr 2016
  Molalla

  2007 Aprilia Tuono Factory, 2010 Honda VFR 1200f DCT
Hey !!! Now here's a topic we can all relate to, no? It's a good thing that riders are getting "older". It means you've survived the dangerous and challenging "hobby" of riding a motorcycle. My wife tells her friends that I ride, and she gets the inevitable, "you let your husband ride a motorcycle? Aren't you worried something is gonna happen to him?" She says all the things we riders say to those who are uninitiated. You know what I mean...

But congrats to all you "older" riders out there that have made it. It's a shrinking club, but an exclusive one. Myself, I like big, powerful bikes. I have my 1237 cc VFR DCT, and I absolutely love it. Bullet proof. Solid. Stable. Strong. Easy to ride. Comfy. All day comfy. Hard bags. Wish it had cruise control, a bigger tank, heated grips and a center stand. Minor issues that I can address if so desired. Ride it year round. If you have the means, I highly recommend one. Be smart out there, but I know y'all are cuz you're still here. Ride on !!!
Jan 20th 2020, 08:03 AM   #11
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  Jan 2016
  Woodland, WA

My current bike is the smallest I've had for quite awhile; a 2014 Honda CBR500R. Funny thing, though, it has the same horsepower as the bike of my dreams when I first started riding.....a 1968 Triumph Bonneville. At 78, I no longer ride two-up with my wife, so the power is adequate and I still put in the miles at 55,000 + so far on that bike.

The priority now is light weight and low seat height instead of power and speed.
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Jan 21st 2020, 07:08 AM   #12
 
  Jan 2016
  92 miles from Windy Ridge, Mt. St. Helens

  2017 FZ-07; Z1000 Kawi; '84 RZ350; '76 RD400; '74 RD350; '75 RD125; '72 G5 100; '69 HS1.
Getting older (I'll be 62 in April) for me entailed Orthopedic Issues from myriad sources. I had a great time putting tens of thousands of miles on the '03 Z1000 I bought new. I no longer feel I can safely handle that much weight at a stop light with my right knee, vulnerable to buckling without warning at times. So I handed over the keys to my BF who is still enjoying it as it's passed > 120,000 on this clock. I bought an '2017 FZ07 which is at least 100 lbs. lighter full of fluids, and love it. I still have many of the lightweight, quick vintage 2 strokes which I can easily feel confident on.

I never really had a penchant for enormous bikes anyway; The Z was the biggest bike I've ever owned, but I'm more than happy with the FZ and any bike that is </= 400 pounds.
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Jan 21st 2020, 12:14 PM   #13
 Sentinel's Avatar
 
  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2019 Nada
Roger that. I think when the urge for another bike hits me again I am going with the FZ07. Only reason I don't have one already is the weird price vibe with it. For such a nothing-to-it bike with middling specs it sure demands a lot of duckets.
Jan 21st 2020, 12:15 PM   #14
 
  Jan 2016
  SE PDX

Well, I knew that I had gotten rid of the pretense when I sold the rune and bought a v-strom 650.

Now I'm liking lighter (ie not a rune, harley, or valkyrie interstate level of heavy) bikes that simply perform.

So got a duke 690 and the new versys 1000 se lt+. Now I just ride.
Jan 21st 2020, 01:08 PM   #15
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  Apr 2016
  Molalla

  2007 Aprilia Tuono Factory, 2010 Honda VFR 1200f DCT
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sentinel
Roger that. I think when the urge for another bike hits me again I am going with the FZ07. Only reason I don't have one already is the weird price vibe with it. For such a nothing-to-it bike with middling specs it sure demands a lot of duckets.
NO!!! I want a Kawi H2 SX SE, with bags. That confirms that I'm old and won't be a squid hooligan, right? Centerstand? Heated grips? Cruise control? No? I guess i'm guilty as charged then !!
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