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#1002655 - 12/23/17 01:25 PM Beginning to start to maybe think about selling my 2014  
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As you can tell by the title, I am starting to think about selling the bike.

Since the site is getting a little-bit slow this time of the year maybe some of you could share some thoughts on the matter...

The bike is perfect, very low miles, (fewer then 8k at his date) great set-up with the spiffy accessories (essentials actually) etc. Never dropped, not even in the driveway. Getting older... me, not the bike... just having thoughts...

Your Thoughts?


<---- (That's not it) 2014 R1200RT-W

“As Woody Guthrie says, ‘Left wing, right wing, chicken wing.’I keep my mind open. Whatever you believe, it’s all a mystery in the end.”
#1002656 - 12/23/17 01:41 PM Re: Beginning to start to maybe think about selling my 2014 [Re: hopz]  
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It's about the smile, if you still get it and your heart beats a little quicker. I know and ride with guys in there 80's. They ride; a good riding buddy rides 500 mile days and that's including many sMiles in the Ozarks and keeps up. I hope to be able to do same at his age. Not easy I wish you the very best!

Jay

#1002658 - 12/23/17 02:12 PM Re: Beginning to start to maybe think about selling my 2014 [Re: hopz]  
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The same thoughts came in to my mind; I'm 71 and wonder if the aches and pains are really part of aging or I'm just falling apart. Took my '16 RT out a couple of days ago as the weather is mild for now. It felt good and I enjoyed it. I really don't want to give up my passions of the last 50 years as I get older. I am afraid of the big hole that would leave.


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#1002660 - 12/23/17 02:27 PM Re: Beginning to start to maybe think about selling my 2014 [Re: fastlarry]  
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I suffer from sciatica and some days on the bike get pretty painful. Ten days in a row don't help. But definitely don't support giving it up! My father didn't get old until he gave up the things that gave him joy, regardless of the immediate discomfort.

Give it up when you feel unsafe or become a hazard to yourself or others. As strataj said, it is about the smile.

#1002664 - 12/23/17 03:31 PM Re: Beginning to start to maybe think about selling my 2014 [Re: hopz]  
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Originally Posted by hopz
The bike is perfect... Getting older... me, not the bike... just having thoughts...Your Thoughts?


Hi Hopz. Is there another bike tickling your fancy?
Is the weight becoming an issue, or maybe the height of the seat?
I know I would find it immensely difficult not having some 2 wheel motorised relief.
I had short listed the Gillera or Piaggio MP3 3 wheelers as a possible, if controlling the heft of the RT becomes an issue.

#1002668 - 12/23/17 04:33 PM Re: Beginning to start to maybe think about selling my 2014 [Re: hopz]  
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That is a great question that came to my mind in deciding between the R1200RT and K1600GT. I was 58 when I decided it was the RT as I figured this will be the last big motorcycle I will own and wanted to feel comfortable managing the bike as I roll into my 70's. The K bike was just too massive. If you feel the bike is getting to be too much, what about a standard R? Maybe still smaller moving to an F, a G or even a C model?

My plan is when I can't physically muscle the RT around the garage, or pick up a dropped bike, then it would be time to either down size or go to something like a Can-Am Spyder. Can't imagine not being able to ride in the open air even as I get way up there in years... All this assumes I don't loose my brain and have to succumb to being driven around, but odds are good this won't happen as family history says I'll be coherent to the end.


If the good old days were so damn good, why did we bother to invent modern times?

Most missed bike: Bultaco Sherpa T 326
#1002671 - 12/23/17 05:24 PM Re: Beginning to start to maybe think about selling my 2014 [Re: hopz]  
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[quote=hopz]As you can tell by the title, I am starting to think about selling the bike.

WHY?

#1002674 - 12/23/17 05:32 PM Re: Beginning to start to maybe think about selling my 2014 [Re: hopz]  
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Hopz,

I'm in the same boat as you.

I tend to change bikes about every 4 years. My riding friends have begun to ask what am I thinking of swapping my '14 RT for.

My response is, "nothing." I don't see a better long range, comfortable, fuel-efficient luxury tourer that provides superb weather protection (proven this past September while riding from Montana back to Edmonton in -2 Celsius temperatures in rain and sleet) on the market or coming in the 2018 model year.

The only reason I would change bikes would be simply to try something different, not to buy a 'better' sport-/luxury-tourer.

If your budget allows it, I'd simply consider adding another bike to the stable that tickles your fancy.

I'm thinking of doing exactly that. Keeping the RT and adding a lighter, smaller bike for city riding and day trips. Currently, the Triumph Bonneville T120 and Speedmaster have caught my eye.

Good luck with your winter contemplations.

Tim

#1002680 - 12/24/17 01:19 AM Re: Beginning to start to maybe think about selling my 2014 [Re: hopz]  
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I'm 77 5' 6" and not very active and my Goldwing was getting heavy so I traded it in on a 2017 R1200RT. It made riding a lot more fun having a new lighter bike as I had been riding Goldwings for 40 years.


Bob
#1002685 - 12/24/17 02:41 PM Re: Beginning to start to maybe think about selling my 2014 [Re: hopz]  
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Originally Posted by hopz
As you can tell by the title, I am starting to think about selling the bike.

Since the site is getting a little-bit slow this time of the year maybe some of you could share some thoughts on the matter...

The bike is perfect, very low miles, (fewer then 8k at his date) great set-up with the spiffy accessories (essentials actually) etc. Never dropped, not even in the driveway. Getting older... me, not the bike... just having thoughts...

Your Thoughts?

Hi Bob!

My first thought, when I saw your post yesterday was to dissuade you from giving up riding (heck, you are only a couple of years older than me! smile ), but I also realize that advise would be simply wrong! YOU are the one who has to answer that question. If you just don't have that urge to ride anymore, then perhaps it is time to hang up the helmet, and it sounds like this is where you are at. To force yourself to go and ride would be a big mistake, because if your heart and mind isn't in it, stupid things can happen, and you definitely don't want that!

Good luck on how you decide, but you know that you are the one that has to make that decision.


Pad. Gajajiva, Solon OH.

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