Join Date: Aug 2009
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I am 57 years old. My parents were dead set against any of us kids having a bike. My grandfather and my uncle died serving in the German army operating those motorbikes with sidecars. (On my mother's side of the family.) My father was an army WW2, Korean and Vietnam veteran.
I have started and stopped riding many times. I have quit riding for many reasons, but I always start riding again for the same reason: You get a lot of smiles to the miles.I always get the gleam in my eye and remember the wind in my face and the freedom of the road.
1975: 74 XL 250 Honda dual sport while in the army. I had that and a 74 Jeep CJ5 so I was the off road dude in Leavenworth KS.
1980: 78 Suzuki 750. I rode that a few years and sold it to pay some college bills.
1985: 74 Honda 350 (rode it off and on for a few years and sold it)
1989: Bought a 1980 750F (commuted to Seattle on the ferry daily for two years then sold it)
1993: 80 Yamaha 650 (this one didn't stay in the garage long.)
1999: 94 Kawasaki 750 Vulcan (this one stuck for awhile. a very nice bike. I bought it with 9,000 miles and sold it with 30,000)
2005: 2004 Suzuki Savage. (one road trip with this bike is all it took to put it back on the market. I liked the size, it had enough power, but it was very uncomfortable for any length of time. This one lasted one season.
2006: 250 Honda Rebel. Same fate as the Savage.
2007: 05 1600 Kawasaki Nomad. What shocked me about this bike was the mpg. I got a little over 30 mpg and I had to use premium. I loved this bike for the open road and had it for over 2 years but riding it to the store and back didn't make sense so.... I bought a.....
2008: Honda Elite 150cc scooter to ride to the store and back.
I kept the 1600 for road trips but didn't get out on big road trips, so I decided to go smaller again.....
So I traded the Nomad for a:
2004 Honda Shadow 1100 and cash. (this one lasted 2 months.) I didn't like the bike. Not sure why, but it was not a cruiser bike....it just wasn't. I advertised the bike and a guy came looking who had a....
06 Suzuki C50T and wanted the Shadow. Good deal for both of us.
Added an 04 Honda Silverwing after disposing of the Elite.....
Thought the Silverwing was going to be the "one bike" and so I put the C50T on Craigslist and sold it in a week. Then I panicked and immediately started looking for another cruiser.
Found the 03 Volusia this spring that I have today.
Sold the Silverwing.....
Bought the Honda Helix and added the Texas Sidecar.
Now, I have the bikes that I want to have for the future. I really like how the C50 fits me and I can live with the power ratio / gas mileage / weight of the bike. It feels like a big bike in size but is a little weak in the hp.
I use easy brackets so I can use saddlebags when I want to. I like the bike naked of luggage but as we all know, when it is time to travel we have to bring stuff along.
If I really need to haul something in town.... I take the Honda Helix with the sidecar. I can spend a week's pay at Costco and haul it home in the built in luggage and the sidecar.
If I add anything, it might be a dual sport.
I have experimented with various scooters and mini bikes though out the years as well. Not to mention motorizing bicycles. I tried an electric power assist bicycle for a year.
Never tried the motorized skateboard / scooter. Don't see me doing that.
Never had any desire for a VW trike either.
Never will pay the price for an HD. Some of my friends think they are worth the money. I see better financial alternatives than investing so much money in a motorcycle. HD makes a great line of clothing and a pretty good motorcycle.
If I stay healthy and can ride when I retire.... I can see the use of one of those Goldwings. But I would still need my cruiser bike.... and a in town run around scooter.
Sorry for the long post. It is my story and I am sticking to it.
03 C50 Volusia (sold)
94 Goldwing Interstate 1500cc
06 Honda Helix 250cc