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old man bike?

I own a beautiful 82 aspencade.This is my 4th goldwing.Other than the seat being too tall it is perfect.My wife said "that's and old man bike". Well, I will be 68 soon so i suppose it is.I traded a hotrod meanstreak for it with pipes so loud they were deafening.So I rode about 125 miles the other day.Right now it is beautiful,about 85 and clear every day.Soon it will be 110 and miserable. Anyhow, I was riding along with my new tires, new progressive shocks and fork springs, radio playing, great wind protection,comfortable riding position thinking to myself this is a smart old man's bike.

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I know quit a few guy's in their mid 20's that ride goldwings so I guess they are old before their time, enjoy yours and don't worry about what others say
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tis why i am looking for a goldwing. add the low center of gravity to help my knees. its like buying a crown vic. they aint cool, they are granny cars, but the most logical choice and best bargain.
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What I've said for a long time, a smart man's bike, a man who doesn't have to show off.
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I bought my first GoldWing at ripe old age of 41 .... still have it. Bought the next, a trike at the age of 50 just because it was cool to me. We love them both, or at least .... I do .... Wife favors Trike.

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Maybe to some the "look" is everything. In my opinion, gold wings have a awesome look of distinction and they ride like a Cadillac.

Try riding one of those "young man" bikes for a few hundred miles.
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With age comes wisdom, ergo:

Old Man = Wise Man
Old Man's Bike = Wise Man's Bike
Goldwing = Old Man's Bike

By the associative property of mathematics:

Goldwing = Wise Man's Bike

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Ride what you like and don't worry about what others think
Most people call the Wing an OLD MANS BIKE. and yes, it's not as sporty as a lot of bikes out there. When the 1800 Gold Wing came out in 01 Honda was pushing a saying "THIS ISN'T YOUR FATHERS GOLD WING" so even Honda thought of it as an old mans bike. When I bought my last wing in 2014 my wife said YOU BOUGHT ANOTHER OLD MANS BIKE. When I bought my 07 shadow 6 weeks back with a Cobra exhaust, she said, NOW THAT'S A NICE BIKE
That's why we have choices to make. The wing is good all around bike.
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May 15th. 1987, less than a month after my 39th birthday, I bought my first 'Wing, which just happens to be my current motorcycle. Because, at that time, it was the most practical motorcycle on the market. It did everything well well and had the reputation of being the most reliable bike ever built.

Because of my advancing years, I was thinking it may be time to slow down a little and stop chasing twisties for entertainment. Within a month I figured out the 'Wing was every bit as capable on the back roads as the Twin Cam CB750F Super Sport I had traded in. So much for slowing down.

Today, I am celebrating my 39th birthday. Or, at least, the 30th anniversary of my 39th birthday. That bike has kept me as young as the day I bought it.

It too has remained young and fun all these years. Always up for a back-road romp at speeds that may some day get us both "impounded". Always ready to explore new, far away places. Always the perfect dance partner for a twisties tango.

I have heard the "old man's bike" rhetoric several times before. I believe the truth to be people blaming their inabilities and senectitude on an innocent machine.

And it really is my birthday, today.
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I, too, am in that club. At this point in my life, I'm all about comfort. The last thing I want is a bullet bike. I want to be able to ride more than 15 minutes at a time before my arms give out, or my back. Yeah it's an old man's bike, I'm an old man. IF the youngsters get to this age, they'll also get wise, and their attitudes with it. I didn't ride then, just wasn't interested, then I grew up.
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