Discussion in 'General VFR Discussions' started by rexbaum, Nov 22, 2009.
I love that enthusiasm Brother! :high5:
Welcome to the club! You'll find a bunch of great (and mature) VFR riders here...and you can see many of us have had to deal with this 'stigma' from our other halves.
Would you mind posting some more pics of your VFR? I think I like the paint scheme.
I'm 65 and find the VFR ridden at my reduced pace nowadays just as satisfying as the balls out riding I did 20 years ago. It's light to manoeuvre around when off it and a thoroughbred to ride. Mine completed an 11,500 km trip across Oz and back last March and if I hadn't needed a good nights sleep I could have kept riding.
Anyone who describes a cruiser as a motorcycle is being pedantic (jk). Ever increasing bloody traffic and plod to control it is a bigger problem than the type of bike being ridden IMHO.
I'm 47, I don't even think twice about riding my "refined" "adult" "sport touring " "Swiss watch" " Honda legend" .......... There is a LOT of peer pressure to act out a part, examples are: the Harley biker part, sport rider part, wise old man part , don't fall into these pigeon holes......... You NOT an original antio establishment biker by sporting a due rag and a skull cap, that is just another form or conformity........ Sure you are not 20, and ya you probably have kids who would seriously miss you ( understatement ) if you crash & burn, but because You are "mature" you know how to stay alive and don't do "dumb" kid stuff. so riding a "sporty rice rocket" by Harley standards is out of the norm........... But who the hell's norm are we talking about ?............ Myself I have a big Harley type cruiser ( a Honda ) I have had 6 Harley's and love Harley , but I also love a RD 400 cafe racer ................... I bike but I am not a biker, I surf but I am not a surfer, I just dont take my identity from the suff I own , and / or the things I love to do etc.................... Also > I am mature, but NOT old, I am a little boy inside but NOT childish........................ Men who are subject to the opinions of women ( most men ) start to shelve the little boy and "act" out an old man part ........................ The spirit inside you is timeless, He / You & I , we are Peter Pan, lol....................... I am not saying go buy an R1 and flog it down the street, I am just saying don't let anyone tell the little boy who is fascinated with gizmos, noise and the wind in Your face "at speed" , dont let them tell the inner You to " go to your room" and "act like an old man", lol.......................... In general, women are the last gender you want to get an opinion on when it comes to what men are attracted to when it comes to this subject they ( most women ) don't have the "adventure gene" , they want "safe" "slow" "easy" "mild" "quiet" "conformity" . ..............................Better to seek advice from a 10 year old boy or a dog, the little boy has his hand out the window of the car on the freeway pretending his hand is an airplane, and the dog has his head out the window thinking he "is" an airplane.......................... My Bumper Sticker: "Only bikers know why dogs stick their head out the window"
I'm 63. First bike, decades ago, was a Honda CB450.
Still take my KTM 300 into the desert. Just bought a 2007 RWB and enjoy it immensely. Riding is a state of mind and heart. Both still work.
I'm 65. Been riding since '69. This is my first new bike. Really like it. My body couldn't take a CBR1000.
Well i'm 44 years young and loving my VFR800 and even my wife is starting to suggest we go out on the bike,she says it's just to keep me happy but i thinkk that secretly she loves it. Well i like to think so :wink:
It is all about speed
I am 47 my husband 52 ... the motorcycles, fast sailboats, steep slopes, and short skirts are choices .. really good choices !!
" If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough "
I'm 51. Sold my 'Nice' 'Sane' 'Comfortable' DL1000 V-Strom, that I hardly ever rode, and bought an '07 RWB Anniversary model earlier this year. I told my wife, "It's sporty enough for me." The V-strom rode great and really was a great bike, but it just wasn't ME. The VFR, on the other hand, IS me. I've put more miles on it in the past 4 months that I put on the Strom in the prior year. It's just fun to ride and satisfies my need for sportiness. BTW...At 51, I still do trackdays, albeit on an R6, and have major fun! You are NOT too old!
Seeing all the 60 plus responses makes me feel a little silly posting. I am 52.
I have owned and ridden sport bikes for 30 years and last year decided I had better get with the program. I bought a cruiser, the leather jacket, and chaps, and gave it a go. Put 14k on the bike, trying like h*ll to enjoy the whole experience and it just did not work.
In July, on the Blue ridge pkwy, I followed a black vfr800 for about 15 miles. Ridden by a beautiful lady, in her mid-fifties, the vfr stirred so many memories that I decided then and there I had to get another sport bike.
I bought an '06 with factory bags and I am really enjoying practicing the skills that got rusty in the last year. It is definitely an adjustment, both to my reactions/perceptions and my body, but it feels like home and I do not see that changing. When I get too old to ride the bike I want to ride, then I will be too old to ride.
WOW! Sally, you got it going on!
I like gals like you!
Tell her the bike is a lot cheaper and less maintenance than dating that girl from work, but if she thinks you're too old for the bike, you'll return it and do the new hire. If you get a dark visor, no one will know its you. If you get her a dark visor and aftermarket exhaust, you won't have to hear or see her. -just sayin' from 46 years of life experience.
Soon to be 60. Love the bike.
60 and still riding the 1993 VFR I bought new.
3 more years and it will be 20!
My old bones are not as happy for long rides, but the other day I was in traffic next to a new Ducati ultra-zoomer thing.
No way I could even get into the position that kid was in, much less ride very far on that thing.
Back in the 60's I could ride with clip-ons and rear-sets all day.......WHERE ARE MY PILLS!!!
update 2017 - 67 and still riding the 1993 VFR...am I a nut of some type?
Ibuprofen is my friend.
I'm 51. Is that old? Doesn't feel that way to me. Just last month I went on a 2400 mile trip over 6 days on my '96 VFR. The last day I rode 760 miles in 14 hours. It was 40 deg in the morning and 101 deg in the afternoon. Enjoyed every minute of the trip. Wore out the sides of my tires as much as the middle.
40 in October, so I guess that makes me in-between. Went for a ride with my old man (62) on his BMW 100RS a few weeks back and couldnt keep up, so hopefully I have a few years left in me.
50 in October and doing my longest ride ever in August
Lincolnshire - Edinburgh - Isle Skye - Glasgow - Lake District - North York Moors - Lincolnshire
About a 1000 miles in 5 days camping every night on my own.
My wife realised the other day how important this was for me. Deep down she probably thinks I'm gonig through "the crisis"
45. I bought the VFR because of my back (just had surgery 10 days ago). I haven't picked the bike up from the dealer yet but I'm hoping I can ride longer on it than my TL. I love the TL but it's not very comfortable for the wife and I really want her to enjoy riding. Maybe I can finally ride it in October.
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