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« on: November 10, 2009, 07:04:36 AM »

OK, this is really an "Elders' Garage" topic, not a beginners' garage, but continue...
we've all started riding and progressed to our present steeds and type of riding.   Look forward now, either seriously or in jest.

Let's give advice on the final bike choice for peeps anticipating that this next bike might be their last ride.
Part of this is in reaction, but maybe, the oldest baby boomers are now approaching 65.
And we're all going there.  Time marches....  Again, can be serious, can be funny.  

would the bike be a last gasp 'Busa, ST bike, standard, cruiser, scooter ... g*d knows what ?
kinda gets into: is this the last fun bike, most utilitarian, 100% reliable, or easy to pick up babes with?



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« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2009, 08:20:49 AM »

Burgman or MP3  Bigsmile
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« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2009, 10:50:42 AM »

Bonneville w/ aftermarket peashooters  Smile
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« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2009, 10:58:30 AM »

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« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2009, 11:27:28 AM »


Bonneville w/ aftermarket peashooters  Smile


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« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2009, 11:42:23 AM »

Really sammy?....  I'm assuming I'm keeping what I've already got and there will be a few more added to the garage in the time between now and when the OP is referring to...  so why not a 'Wing if we're looking that far forward?
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« Reply #6 on: November 10, 2009, 11:51:16 AM »

Why is it gonna be my last bike?
If I'm old and my reflexes/health are slipping, I'll go smaller and lighter. Maybe an SV and realize my touring days are done.
If I'm healthy and sharp, I'll get a new ST rig and use my retirement time to see some country.

Yeah it's practical and boring, but if it's really the last bike you own, I can't see a Busa or ZX being user friendly in any respect.
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« Reply #7 on: November 10, 2009, 01:48:09 PM »


Really sammy?....  I'm assuming I'm keeping what I've already got and there will be a few more added to the garage in the time between now and when the OP is referring to...  so why not a 'Wing if we're looking that far forward?


JUst being sarcastic. I personally would never own a Wing unless it was....
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« Reply #8 on: November 10, 2009, 02:40:59 PM »

I can think of only two peeps that I've seen in this riding stage, and I tihnk both kept riding their familiar bikes
until they just stopped riding.  
 Think one was a V-max (~80 yrs, he was still riding cross country)
 and the other a Wing (he kept talking about getting a lighter FJR so he could ride agin, but didn't).
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« Reply #9 on: November 10, 2009, 05:01:44 PM »

in fact, there is only one choice.

a Triumph chop with a coffin sidecar tied to it.
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« Reply #10 on: November 10, 2009, 05:04:46 PM »

that is utterly way beyond awesome......

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« Reply #11 on: November 10, 2009, 05:33:38 PM »

Aprilia Mana 850 (with bar risers, probably)


Why: light, easy to handle, good performing, no shifting to worry about, sexy (you're old, not dead)

BMW R1200R


Why: light, fun, classic engine design and styling, low maintenance, won't be chastised by other friends for not riding a BMW (they'll all be on RTs)
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« Reply #12 on: November 11, 2009, 09:07:44 AM »


Bonneville w/ aftermarket peashooters  Smile


That's kinda what my Dad did.  He's 65, and picked up a W650 a few years ago.  He says it reminds him of the Triumphs and BSAs he had when he was young, minus the oil leaks.  Lol   It is a neat bike, very smooth, very comfy.  He rides it everywhere.  He likes it so much that he bought a second one, mint-condition with only 3K miles on it.   Headscratch  I guess that one is for when he uses up his current one.

As for me, hell, I'll just be happy if gasoline is still AVAILABLE in 2042 when I'm 65.  It'll probably cost 3 virgins per gallon by then.  Lol
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« Reply #13 on: November 11, 2009, 12:35:20 PM »

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« Reply #14 on: November 20, 2009, 09:07:49 PM »

Riding through Kenora, years ago, got talking to two geezers on trikes.  One had his leg in a brace.

Makes sense.  They loved riding, and didn't want to stop, even when unable to ride a two wheeler.  

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« Reply #15 on: November 21, 2009, 10:25:22 PM »

Yamaha V-star 650 Silverado..

Weighs less and costs less than a Burgman 650. low center of gravity, easy to maneuver and hold up. Same wheel base and leg room as a Harley Road King. Shaft drive, low maintenance and tons of options for customizing.

down side is it is not really powerful enough for two up riding.

The other direction is to go Can-Am Spyder. Don't have to hold those up. LOTS cheaper than trikeing a Goldwing or buying an Electra Glide trike.. Matter of fact the new full tour Spyder is about the same price as a Goldwing before you add the trike kit.
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« Reply #16 on: November 25, 2009, 08:18:11 AM »

SV650s with handlebar conversion and a topcase.
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« Reply #17 on: November 25, 2009, 08:33:30 AM »

Nice thing about a wing is once you are too feeble to hold it up you can trike it and keep going.
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« Reply #18 on: December 02, 2009, 11:10:51 PM »


SV650s with handlebar conversion and a topcase.


If I were at that stage now, I'd get a std SV650
and a big part of the reason would be how light up top they are while still having good power and seating position.
course they'll be obsolete and something better while be along, when I get there.

good comments all.  

 Has anyone who sees themselves at that final bike riding stage contributed to the thread?
... and wants to ID themselves, too?


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« Reply #19 on: December 26, 2009, 08:37:22 AM »

I thought I had purchased my last bike this year when I stabled a new KLR next to my ST1300. My eyes are not what they used to be, and in fact nothing of mine is like it used to be! I believed that the ST was going to be my pipe and slippers bike, and it may yet prove to be. I even bought a Miata for those days when I just don't want to ride, i.e. rain or snow or freezing cold. The KLR and ST make a perfect couple for the riding I'm doing now,...but...

But dreams of a nice new Triumph Bonneville to ride around the mountains at my NC home just keep coming and coming and coming................
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