A good day for rude awakenings!

Vic's ViewpointVic's Viewpoint Senior MemberPosts: 1,102 Senior Member
The last item on my own, personal bucket list is to buy a Harley hawg and do some low-impact touring.  With that in mind I cruised over to my local H-D dealer and went for a test ride on a "Road Glide" (FLHR), an 835 lb touring rig just a bit smaller than an Electra Glide.  Oh, my.  Back when my wife and I were courting, and shortly after we got married, we used to go on test rides on H-D Electra Glide "dressers" frequently, and I felt both competent and confident enough to put her on the back and off we'd go.  Well, guess what?  Those days are gone.  Long gone!  This bike didn't want to turn sharply, didn't want to lean, I struggled to keep it upright at traffic lights, its weight was a constant problem, and the entire ride was misery.  As soon as I got back to the dealership I told the salesman to forget it, and he wisely suggested that I try a Softail Deluxe, a much lower and lighter bike, and I'm going to do that in a few days, but in the meantime I'm still rattled.  I learned today that there's a HUGE difference between 41 yrs old and 76 yrs old, including upper body strength, reflexes, depth perception and sense of balance.  Today's as good a day as any to learn that, since it's my 76th B'day;  better late than too late, as they say.  But I'm seriously bummed out about it;  this may be one bucket list item that goes unfulfilled, and that will mess with my head!  Damn damn damn.  Thanks, y'all, for allowing me to vent.
Member formerly known as "vlafrank."
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  • BAMAAKBAMAAK Senior Member Posts: 4,144 Senior Member
    Well happy birthday.  Maybe a 3 wheeler?
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  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 22,616 Senior Member
    Happy Birthday, Vic! Hope it's a good one!

    And look at those three wheelers (two wheels in front and one in back). Lots easier to ride and still scary fast fun!
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  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 1,261 Senior Member
    Better to have a rough test ride than pay over half a years income to be burried in a freezer bag.

    Just sayin'.
  • CaliFFLCaliFFL Senior Member Posts: 4,168 Senior Member
    Happy birthday, Vic! 

    My dad bought a big HD cruiser when he turned 60 in 2007. I forget the model, but it has floorboards, windscreen, CD player, hard saddle bags, etc...That bike is now a garage queen for the same reasons you mentioned. He has returned to riding his '84 Softail. 
    The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me.

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  • shushshush Senior Member Posts: 6,260 Senior Member
    BAMAAK said:
    Well happy birthday.  Maybe a 3 wheeler?
    This and.............
     this;





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    Jayhawker wrote: »...But seriously Shush....

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  • CaliFFLCaliFFL Senior Member Posts: 4,168 Senior Member
    Quote from an old Vago MC member: "Three wheelers should only be ridden by people that lost a leg in a two wheel motorcycle crash." 
    The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me.

    Ayn Rand
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 23,032 Senior Member
    Happy birthday----then
    I have a need for speed
  • timctimc Senior Member Posts: 6,333 Senior Member
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  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 16,289 Senior Member
    Yea, tell me about it. I'm 20-ish years younger than you are, but I'm starting to "feel it". Dance classes I used to breeze through now beat me up (and what's up with this "stretching" beforehand anyhow?", it takes me longer to do projects around the house - and those usually beat me up too. My MC days are long over anyway, but I'd look at a trike if I was serious about wanting one again - they look pretty darn cool! Saw another rig the other day of a type I'd never seen before, it was a Hawg with outrigger wheels on both sides, kinda like bicycle training wheels, but with stylish looking fenders, etc, etc. Not sure how a rig like that corners - maybe the outrigger wheels can lean? I liked it.
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  • jaywaptijaywapti Senior Member Posts: 4,208 Senior Member
    Well Vic welcome to reality, I sold my H-D a 90 Springer 3 years ago  at 77, got my first bike in 1950, a 350 Velocette, first H-D a 1954 KHK , reason for selling, slower reaction time, eyesight, loss of strength in my legs.

    Welcome to old age

    JAY
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  • rberglofrberglof Senior Member Posts: 2,002 Senior Member
    Happy birthday Vic  smilie_geb_007gif
  • TrueTone911TrueTone911 Senior Member Posts: 5,951 Senior Member
    Happy Birthday anyway!
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  • Wambli SkaWambli Ska Moderator Posts: 26,274 Senior Member
    Buy yourself a Mustang GT convertible.  Same silly grins and no helmet needed.

    Happy Birthday!
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  • RugerFanRugerFan Senior Member Posts: 1,515 Senior Member
    shush said:
    BAMAAK said:
    Well happy birthday.  Maybe a 3 wheeler?
    This and.............
     this;





    I wish I could afford 1 of.those!
  • ArmoredmanArmoredman Member Posts: 317 Member
    That is wickedly awesome.
  • TugarTugar Senior Member Posts: 1,668 Senior Member
    edited March 11 #17


    The Blackjack Zero. Motoguzzi or VW aircooled motor. Looks nice and should scoot quickly. 

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  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 21,024 Senior Member
    Happy Birthday Vic!!!
    Daddy, what's an enabler?
    Son that's somebody with nothing to do with his time but keep me in trouble with mom.
  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 21,024 Senior Member
    timc said:
    This is it Vic your dream come true. You can handle this. Almost like driving a car.
    Daddy, what's an enabler?
    Son that's somebody with nothing to do with his time but keep me in trouble with mom.
  • bellcatbellcat Senior Member Posts: 1,255 Senior Member
    Happy Birthday!
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  • DanChamberlainDanChamberlain Senior Member Posts: 3,032 Senior Member
    A friend of mine bought one of the three wheelers, with the two in front. He and his wife ride the heck out of it! All over the country. Smooth, quiet, friendly. Expensive!!!

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  • Old RonOld Ron Senior Member Posts: 1,986 Senior Member
    Happy Birthday !
    I have been riding my Harley s since the 60s I still have a 1982 FXR 1340 cc.
    I am only 66 so I don't have the problem driving it or holding it up.  ( yet ) There is nothing like the first ride in the spring ! It makes me feel alive again . With you not riding for many years a 3 wheel would be easy for you to catch on to. They are way different than 2 wheels. The ones posted to me are just a small car. ( about like my side by side. ) What ever you choose .....if you have fun with it then it is a good choice. It is a good thing we only get old once ! That too is what we all make of it ! I never look at what I can't do .........I look at what I got done !
  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 17,300 Senior Member
    Happy B'day Vic
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  • Farm Boy DeuceFarm Boy Deuce Senior Member Posts: 5,965 Senior Member
    Have you considered a kit car? Absolutely nothing like a motorcycle, other than having some wind noise and exhaust. Damn cool no matter what. 

    http://dfkitcar.com/index.php
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  • 10canyon5310canyon53 Member Posts: 703 Senior Member
    A friend of mine bought one of the three wheelers, with the two in front. He and his wife ride the heck out of it! All over the country. Smooth, quiet, friendly. Expensive!!!


    That would be a Can-Am Spyder.  If it looks like a snowmobile, well, it is made by BRP which also makes Ski-Doo.  My wife and I gave up our Vulcan 2000 a few years ago while promising ourselves to get back on a bike when the last of our children is grown.  The Can-Am Spyder is what we would like to get.  I have not been able to test ride one yet, but I hear that they are extremely stable.
  • cpjcpj Senior Member Posts: 37,655 Senior Member
    The Can Ams have a bunch of safety features so that you can't do something stupid, like doing doughnuts in a parking lot. Now, ANYTHING can be disabled, so...
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  • 10canyon5310canyon53 Member Posts: 703 Senior Member
    cpj said:
    The Can Ams have a bunch of safety features so that you can't do something stupid, like doing doughnuts in a parking lot. Now, ANYTHING can be disabled, so...

    I like to think my stupid days are behind me.....but every now and then I still prove that wrong.
  • Make_My_DayMake_My_Day Senior Member Posts: 6,553 Senior Member
    edited March 12 #28
    How about this: Polaris Slingshot.... the handling of a race car and the thrill of a motorcycle. Price range: 25K-30K depending on color, trim and accessories, which is about 10-15K cheaper than a Harley trike. I'm not there yet, but I'm considering this a future purchase. Imagine this on the roads of western North Carolina and east Tennessee.

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  • Vic's ViewpointVic's Viewpoint Senior Member Posts: 1,102 Senior Member
    Thanks, guys, for the excellent & level-headed thinking and advice listed above.  I've been looking at various 3-wheelers and may indeed make a move in that direction, but I've sworn off Electra Glides and "hawgs" in general.  This thread just proves once again that this forum is populated by people with a wide range of knowledge and experience and a level-headed approach to life that only lives well lived can provide.
    Member formerly known as "vlafrank."
  • SpkSpk Senior Member Posts: 1,206 Senior Member
    Yeah, those 2-wheel touring bikes are great when you're young. But once you get up there in years they just get heavier and heavier. I had a GoldenWing fall over in my driveway at that's all it took, the love-affair was over!

    As for the three wheelers, the classic style is great for touring but they don't take turns at any kind of high speed. Just be wary of that.


    The newer styles, like the CanAm posted earlier are better at turns at higher speeds. If you plan to be sporty about it, a two front wheel design would be safer.



    Just sayin'
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  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 22,616 Senior Member
    How about this: Polaris Slingshot.... the handling of a race car and the thrill of a motorcycle. Price range: 25K-30K depending on color, trim and accessories, which is about 10-15K cheaper than a Harley trike. I'm not there yet, but I'm considering this a future purchase. Imagine this on the roads of western North Carolina and east Tennessee.

    I'd LOVE to have that one, but I could see a lot of speeding tickets in my future if I did have one. Same for the Can-Am trike. I still have a lead foot after all these years, or from just seeing speed limits as nothing more than suggestions. :smiley:
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