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After riding Goldwings for 28 years and many other bikes before that my riding days are over.Last year I was hit from behind and was fortunate to escape with a few injuries,but my hips and legs have been giving me pain while sitting on my bike.Lifting my leg to get on is a task,can't take the wife any more so I sold my wing that replaced the one that was wrecked.
I have been a member here for a few years and found it to be a great site full of wonderful people from around the world.Thanks Steve for a great site.I love Motorcycles,been riding for 54 years and to give it up is a sad thing for me.....:sadguy:....take care everyone ...ride safe..
 

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If it's got to be, it's got to be. Glad to know your looking on the safe side for everyones sake.
Will always miss a fellow Winger.

I also was hit from the rear but got real lucky, no major damage to me or the bike.
 

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A sad day indeed neighbor. May your mobility come back to you so that you can once again do the thing that you love.
Thanks Brian....
 

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We all will one day have to recognize that our riding days are over.
I am very sorry to hear that you have had to meet that decision, but it is one we all have to respect.

You know you aren't safe anymore, and just can't physically hold up the bike.

I congratulate you on the 54 years you enjoyed your rides, and wish you and your wife many more years of togetherness.

Be safe, and have a good time with your family.
 

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redeyes88

We all will one day have to recognize that our riding days are over.
I am very sorry to hear that you have had to meet that decision, but it is one we all have to respect.

You know you aren't safe anymore, and just can't physically hold up the bike.

I congratulate you on the 54 years you enjoyed your rides, and wish you and your wife many more years of togetherness.

Be safe, and have a good time with your family.
Thanks John...
 

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I am sure you will miss the riding days . I hope your able to look back at the many miles and wonderful views . Only you know when its time and you made that decision . Don't let anyone cause you doubt over this .
Please know your always a member of this family that Steve has helped build . Just bewcause you sold the bike doesn't mean you need to leave us . Your always welcoem to spend time and a coffee here . I am sure you have plenty of experience to share with us . So do please check in once in a while.
 

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I am sure you will miss the riding days . I hope your able to look back at the many miles and wonderful views . Only you know when its time and you made that decision . Don't let anyone cause you doubt over this .
Please know your always a member of this family that Steve has helped build . Just bewcause you sold the bike doesn't mean you need to leave us . Your always welcoem to spend time and a coffee here . I am sure you have plenty of experience to share with us . So do please check in once in a while.
Thanks Mike...
 

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Redeyes88,
Even without the bike,you will ALWAYS be a biker. It's in your blood,and your soul,just as it is with all of us.
I wish you well,and I hope you can find time to chat,offer advice,etc.
 

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Did you think about getting a trike maybe. I don't know the extent of your injuries but that would beat not riding at all??
 

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Redeyes88,
Even without the bike,you will ALWAYS be a biker. It's in your blood,and your soul,just as it is with all of us.
I wish you well,and I hope you can find time to chat,offer advice,etc.
Thanks John
 

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Did you think about getting a trike maybe. I don't know the extent of your injuries but that would beat not riding at all??
Can't get my leg over the seat is the problem..
 

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which honda is it that is build like a scooter with a 500 cc engine, might make a great short trip ride and keeps the bugs in your teeth. and please hang around we hate to lose friends.
 

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Looking at the list of bikes you have owned it is obvious that you have lots of asphalt under two wheels. Just think of all the people in the world who did not and do not have the experience in life of riding a bike.

Keep all of those memories close and roll them out anytime you want. Come on the forum and keep us in line and updates on what you are up to.

It is experienced riders such as yourself that make this forum a great place to visit and get helpful information.

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Just remember that you are family, and just because you do not ride anymore, remaining on this site is a good thing for all.:waving:
 

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Thanks for letting us know, and please stick around....but with 54 years riding, I have a feeling you will be back out on a 2 wheeler.

There are a ton of bikes today, that weigh half what a GL does, and have very low seat heights. Just mount them from walking up behind......who knows, you may make new friends on even another forum.

I rode 8 new bikes at Bike Week, and they all....... were a lot of fun. The Wings are nice, but they do not own the market on smiles......
 

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I remember a day a few years ago when doctors were not able to
figure out what was wrong with my hands. Without warning one, or
the other would just lose all feeling and grip, and let go of whatever
I had been holding. Of course, that is not good on a machine.

I remember the decision that I had to stop riding due to the danger
from my hands. By that time I had been riding for forty-seven
years. I figured I had many good years of riding, but I was getting
old, so maybe it was time to quit. I didn't like the idea, but I
just knew it had to be.

As if that wasn't bad enough, I still had the decision of what to
do with my motorcycles. I had nine running machines. I knew
that if I were to sell them one at a time, it would take a while
to get rid of them all, and I would have the too strong of a
temptation to ride, maybe 'on last ride'.

I gave all of them to the first two guys that came along!

The pain inside from both of my decisions was terrible, and
took me a long time for that to heal. I still get the pangs
when I think of giving away all those motors. (especially
with the prices on them today.)

Two years later the doctors found out what was wrong with
my hands. I had operations on both, and after another year
I was ready and able to ride again. I spent more money on
this one machine than I had spent on all nine I had given away,
but I am riding again.

It has been 58 years since I started riding, so my 55 years now
of riding, and those three years I could not ride, are forever in
my memory, and heart. I even cherish my decision to quit
riding as I know it was wholly based upon safety for myself,
my wife, and others on the road. Yes, I have some regrets
about those three years, and giving away so many motors,
but I handled it then as I do now as it was all for the best
intentions.

I know the feeling, Redeyes, and my heart goes out to you.

I do have a suggestion. Think of the old Cushman sccoters.
Think on it enough and maybe you can come up with a design
for a motorcycle similar to those where you can just 'walk in'
to the seat. Then patent it and have one made for you. It is
something I have recently been giving thought to doing since
I know my back may not let me ride one day. The surgery I
had in December gave me a taste of that possibility. Maybe
just such a design change is a salvation for many of us old
riders.

I also do not want to see you go from here. I haven't been
on and having the fun, and intrigue of study in here for long,
but I sure would not want to leave just because I couldn't ride.
It stimulates my thoughts. I hope it does for you as well.

Dave in Central IL.
 
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