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How old are you and How many Bikes have you owned

Hi People, my name is Joe from NYC. I am 56 years old and I bought my 2014 Blue Valkyrie new in 2017 for $10,000. I have been riding for 40 years. I have noticed that the youngest guy in my club is 49 years old. Why arenít more young people riding. The bikes made today are way better. My first bike was a Honda 650 Nighthawk. I loved that bike. I learned to ride on that bike. A friend wanted to borrow my van to be with a girl and lent me his 450 Nighthawk. In an hour I figured out how to move that thing. I bought my Nighthawk the next Monday at Honda of Mineola. It took me a year to know I was a confident good rider. That bike was bullet proof and was awesome right until it got stolen. My next bike, that I owned, was a Suzuki GSX110G and later a BMW 1200S both great bike that I held on too until my near death experience. I stopped riding for a few year until my near death experience with cancer. I realized that Life has no guarantees and If I go I would rather be on a bike than in a bed.

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Bought my first bike in November 1977--Honda XL 125. To show you how dumb I was, I bought it after work on a Tuesday night, rode it home in a 40 degree drizzle wearing a yellow windbreaker and no eye protection. I learned how to ride on the way home. Will turn 65 in 6 weeks and seriously---I would have a hard time remembering what--how many I have owned but in the interest of a boring day at work. Forgive me if some of my model years are off---what a long strange road its been.

1977 Honda 125
1973 CB350
1974 CB 350 4 cylinder
1974 CB 550
1972 Yamaha 250cc road bike (super quick 2 stroke 2 cylinder)
1980 CB750 Custom Honda
2004 Harley Sporster
2003 HD Fatboy
2006 HD Roadking Custom
2006 VTX1800 Spec C Honda
1999 Valkyrie Interstate
1990 HD Heritage
2000 HD Ultra Classic (Police edition)
2011 Victory Kingpin
2012 Victory Crossroads
2013 Honda F6B
2006 HD Vrod (Street Rod)
2006 Street Bob
2001 HD Softail Springer
2014 Valkyrie

Don't let my wife see this.

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Wow that is an impressive list! Don't worry I won't tell the wife. I'm sure there were a few cars in there also.

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I'm 43 years old and I've been riding roughly 20 years. My first bike was a 1975 Honda CB750 with struts on the rear for a rigid ride and a rattle can paint job. Bought that bike for $500 from a guy in West Virginia when I was living in Missouri. Here's my list of bikes over the years:


1975 Honda CB750
2004 Yamaha V-Star Silverado 1100
2007 HD Sportster 1200
2009 HD Dyna Street Bob 96"
2011 HD Street Glide 103"
2014 Victory Cross Country 106"
And finally my favorite so far 2014 Honda Valkyrie in blue!


I enjoyed them all and I'm glad I owned each one of them but I really have a soft spot for this Valkyrie.
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Especially the the blue ones.
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Too old and not enough...

48 years old. Been riding for thirty years or so.

CB450 Nighthawk
CB750 with Vetter fairing
Honda 750 Shadow
Yamaha Virago
Kawasaki ZR7S
HD 1200 Sportster
Buell XB12 Lightning Long
Currently cruising the best of the bunch, 2014 Valkyrie

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I love my Valkyrie but riding into the city on a big bike can be a problem. I've been thinking about getting either a Ducati scrambler or a Yamaha SCR950. Something smaller and a bit more nimble. Also if something happened to one of them I wouldn't be as upset. I just have to get my wife to agree. I have 5 cars so vehicles are an issue. Having owned only 4 bikes in my life I feel that I have missed out.

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62. Been riding since I was about 20, but didn’t get my own ride until 1990-ish. And then:

1983 Honda GL650 Interstate <— handed down from dad, rest his soul
1995 Honda Shadow 1100
1992 Honda ST1100
1999 Honda VFR800
2002 Honda ST1300
2004 Honda VTX1300C
2005 Honda VTX1800C <— the one I most regret ever getting rid of
2001 Honda Magna 750
2011 Triumph Thunderbird 1600
2014 Honda CTX1300
2014 Honda Valkyrie 1800 <— sold outright, thought I was done riding
2019 Honda Monkey
2020 Honda CB650R

I was saved by the Monkey. It really didn’t cut it for the rural roads I like to ride, but it did remind me why I like riding and convinced me enough that I’m not quite ready to hang it up yet to get get something slightly more substantial. Not regretting selling the Valk; it’s an awesome machine, but a whole lot more bike than I need. After totaling the CTX and barely riding the Valkyrie, I needed that forced time off to decide if I wanted to keep riding at a time when I really wasn’t sure.


PS: the CB650R is one pretty darn fun ride. It has me back again to itching for the nice days so I can get out and ride.

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That is a nice bike! Looks very nimble. Did you buy it new? I might have to put it on the possible list. "More bike than you need"? I think that at the start of each riding season but an hour in the Valk is every thing I want and need. I will not be selling it. I will be buying a few more bikes I just have to sell a few cars and maybe move to a warmer climate.

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That is a nice bike! Looks very nimble. Did you buy it new? I might have to put it on the possible list. "More bike than you need"? I think that at the start of each riding season but an hour in the Valk is every thing I want and need. I will not be selling it. I will be buying a few more bikes I just have to sell a few cars and maybe move to a warmer climate.
Thanks, and yup, itís new. If youíre looking for something smaller, lighter, nimbler and generally more city-friendly, itís definitely worth a look.

ĎMore bike than I needí unfortunately didnít pass during the last two seasons I had the Valk. In three seasons I put about 2400 miles on it. That was just wrong. I never thought Iíd say that about any bike; but the last few big bikes Iíve had just werenít begging me to be ridden. I donít know why, because I always thought Iíd love riding whatever was in the garage. In the span of about 14 months I did the whole 3-bears thing ó one was too big, one was too small, but this one seems juuuuuuuuust right. But hey, thatís why they make so many sizes and styles, right? Hopefully itís not just a new bike infatuation thing and this one will actually last awhile.

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