Honda CB500X

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Title: How many oldies
Post by: Defender on November 12, 2013, 11:49:00 PM
Looks to me, reading the posts, that there seems to be a fair amount of more mature X riders out there. Be interesting to know how many over 60s we've got. So come on, don't be shy, own up & let's give the youngsters a run for their money. I'll admit to being 65, who'll join me.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: fisherman on November 12, 2013, 11:59:13 PM
71 next month and I'm off to Thailand(with the wife).Hoping to pick up some extras for the bike.Should be cheaper there!
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: jsonder on November 13, 2013, 03:34:54 AM
Well, I'm 71 and expect to acquire a 500X next Feb. or March when the dealer may be a tad hungry. We're fortunate to have a family-owned dealership nearby that looks for return business; I expect to buy from them.  It'll be a delayed 72nd birthday present to myself.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: CaptainCranky on November 13, 2013, 07:53:46 AM
A mere 53 here, But I subscribe to a guy called chainsawbob on  Yt  who is in his 70's and rides an X
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: DaveC on November 13, 2013, 08:04:33 AM
Unashamedly…………69 (70 next month) and getting older every day!
Dave
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: navelgazer on November 13, 2013, 09:35:27 AM
Me 63, had heaps of bikes, vfr800 , multish#tbox, buell greatmate woof, huskys, that mob that make ship engines and excavators and they are just the recent ones. This bike just ticks all boxes for me now and love it's cheeky performance and handling.

By the way, never put your foam filters in your girlfriend's new washing machine to spin dry after washing them, to speed the drying process. This will destroy any brownie points you have gathered and any you may be entitled to in the foreseeable future, consider this a severe warning. :112:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Cam on November 13, 2013, 10:23:06 AM
 :430: :431: :435: :481:

 :745:

41 here  :821:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Defender on November 13, 2013, 10:50:04 AM
Cam at 41 you're only a young lad. Hope you don't feel old, or god help you when you hit 65. Getting old's not too bad when you consider the alternative.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Muttley on November 13, 2013, 12:49:49 PM
66 going on 19.  A friend got me back into biking a few years back but the X is my first bigger bike and I love it.  Hoping to take it through France next year to visit a friend over there.  Must say retirement is great - I can recommend it.  You don't need stacks of money - just enough to do the essentials plus a few nice add-ons like the X. Not too good on the maintenance side.  Used to do a bit in my youth but things are somewhat more complex these days so I defer to the experts for anything harder than simple.
Nice thread and amazed to get an idea of the average X-age.
M
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Defender on November 13, 2013, 02:11:29 PM
Rock on Muttley, you're spot on about retirement. Trick is to have enough interests that don't cost loads of dosh & to know when you're well off. Envious of proposed French trip, I'll be with you in spirit. Used to go over in a motorhome with a Kwacker KE100 on the back, great times.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Murraymint on November 13, 2013, 05:52:25 PM
Hope I'm still riding when I'm in my later years like you guys (said in the nicest possible way). I wonder if I'm the youngest on here then at a mire 21  :026:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Defender on November 13, 2013, 06:40:25 PM
Don't worry, Murraymint, you'll make it. One of these days you'll be sitting wondering where the hell the last 50 years went. It comes too soon, you won't be ready, & you won't believe it.

Could this be the oldies anthem?  Lindisfarne - Born At The Right Time (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXxU3DlcuF8#)
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: astalab on November 13, 2013, 07:18:43 PM
*Originally Posted by Murraymint [+]
Hope I'm still riding when I'm in my later years like you guys (said in the nicest possible way). I wonder if I'm the youngest on here then at a mire 21  :026:

Sorry buddy 19 here :))) Hope i'm still riding when i'm those guys age too...
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Murraymint on November 13, 2013, 07:20:33 PM
*Originally Posted by astalab [+]
Sorry buddy 19 here :))) Hope i'm still riding when i'm those guys age too...

Good to know there's some people my age on here too!  :821:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: rokerrivet on November 13, 2013, 07:42:52 PM
ill be 68 next time i cock me leg over my X.cant wait. :821:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: donqx on November 13, 2013, 07:46:51 PM
Been a member for quite a few years ... and they won't let young ones in
Thinking 'bout retirement next year.
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Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Defender on November 13, 2013, 07:58:27 PM
Hey Rokerrivet, that's a position I've not tried. Good man, at 68.

donqx, just do it, nobody's immortal & tempus fugit.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: dledgy on November 13, 2013, 08:38:09 PM
HI iam mere 51 first ever bike  was a 250n superdream so I have always liked Hondas hence the 500x , passed big bike test 4 months ago and had a mid life crisis  hence 500x I also have land rover as well , bike is great just the thing for taking a blast in the country :007:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Defender on November 13, 2013, 09:12:03 PM
Sometimes think  driving a Landy is like riding a bike, noisy, wet & windy, though the 90tdci I've got now is a slight improvement over my old 90csw. I once had a Dream, but I like Hondas despite that. Enjoy your X, good choice.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: roboprop on November 13, 2013, 09:20:48 PM
Hi guys

Coming up for 59 so pretty young. I had 5 coronary artery bypass grafts a couple of years back so having been replumbed hope to ride on for a good few years yet!  :080:

Best wishes to all both young and not so young.

Gary
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Defender on November 13, 2013, 09:52:47 PM
May you have many years of continued good health, but it shows how precious each moment is & that it should be enjoyed to the full. Carpe diem. But I think we're doing that with our Xs are we not?
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: roboprop on November 13, 2013, 10:25:00 PM
Indeed my friend! :002:

All the best
Gary
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: DaveC on November 13, 2013, 10:30:55 PM
It looks like some of us are held together with string, plastic and bits of metal! I have 2 replacement hips.
Dave
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: tonyw on November 13, 2013, 10:43:09 PM
63 here.  Gee that sounds lots older than I really am!  In my late teens and early twenties I had a few 'offs' but it was the argument with a truck that was the best thing to sort out my riding.  Some of the youngies really worry me: apparently they think they are immortal. (And they can't spell.)
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: roboprop on November 13, 2013, 10:54:00 PM
Good on yer Dave!  :152: You are surely right - both my knees are held together by anterior cruciate ligament grafts but at least the knee grafts like the heart ones were bits of me just moved around a bit!  :087:

Cheers to all
Gary
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Defender on November 13, 2013, 11:18:58 PM
Tonyw, have you forgotten that when you were young, you thought you were immortal, 'cos I bet you did.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Defender on November 13, 2013, 11:26:42 PM
Just a thought, should some of these posts be in the Maintenance & servicing, or Modification & appearance sections (of the rider not the bike)
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: DaveC on November 14, 2013, 09:21:29 AM
The wife says I am immortal…or did she say immoral?
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Peter106 on November 15, 2013, 11:23:10 AM
As the TV add for Murrey Mints went murrey mints to good to hurry mints, now that ages me to some. Old farts rule.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Irishrover on November 15, 2013, 08:11:52 PM
I will be 51 on January and my CBX was my 50th present to myself.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Peter106 on November 15, 2013, 08:46:58 PM
Just a child but a wise buy, had mine since May and enjoy so much. Nifty and nearly 50 years, enjoy the bike.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Scorpion on November 20, 2013, 10:04:13 PM
64 - at the moment just get Government money for petrol (winter fuel allowance  :745:) but next year I become an official OAP and that nice Mr. Cameron will give me even more money to pay for my new bike! The nice thing about being a biker in a helmet is that nobody can tell your age unless you ride slow! I quite like it when I'm filtering and cagers squeeze me out like I'm some impudent young hoodlum!  :230: Ride like you stole it and stay young forever......oh dear this is not the attitude....perhaps when I get the new 500X I will become sensible and ride with dignity.

Yeah right!  :150:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Defender on November 20, 2013, 10:36:45 PM
Scorpion, age not not being apparent when helmeted can have adverse consequences, too. From the Boys in Blue, as I know to my cost. But it's still nice to get a wave & a thumbs-up from young ladies in the back of cars & buses. Quite makes my day.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Scorpion on November 20, 2013, 10:54:43 PM
*Originally Posted by Defender [+]
But it's still nice to get a wave & a thumbs-up from young ladies in the back of cars & buses. Quite makes my day.

All hope is not lost then!  :062:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Defender on November 20, 2013, 11:11:18 PM
Hope springs eternal & while there's life it's there. Just overtake quick before they twig. Give them a wave as you go, makes them happy too.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: ksho on November 21, 2013, 01:13:08 AM
56 this year n will continue riding till i cannot push my bike anymore .
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: loudboys on November 21, 2013, 03:44:16 AM
I'm only 48; looks like I've fallen into a group of real geezers. :001: Obviously, this is the  :481:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: daytripper72 on November 21, 2013, 04:27:55 AM
 35yrs of riding off road feels like 70 some mornings;) 42 this year and riding till the end..
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Scorpion on November 21, 2013, 05:49:15 AM
*Originally Posted by ksho [+]
56 this year n will continue riding till i cannot push my bike anymore .

Never! Just buy a lightwieght sports machine :008:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Peter106 on November 21, 2013, 07:12:17 AM
Must change from my open face helmet then good advice. Your only as old as the bike you feel.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: smg571 on November 21, 2013, 07:53:19 AM
I'm turning 67 next week. Looking to buy an X in the spring for a 5000km trip in August with my son. He rides a KLR650. I've ridden everything from an old British moped through a Tohatsu 50cc cafe racer to a CB400, Seca 65RJ, Triumph Bonneville, CB750KP, FLHP's, KZ1000P's before getting knocked off an FXRP. After a long absence I'm finally getting back in the saddle.

Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Defender on November 21, 2013, 01:37:35 PM
Good man smg571, getting back in the saddle. I did it after only a 2yr layoff & was surprised at how out of practice I was. So please, ease yourself back in slowly. You've chosen the right bike to do it, have a great trip.

When I posed the question "how many oldies" I had no great expectations, so I'm astonished & delighted by the response. But once a biker, always a biker. Keep it up lads, age is only the passage of  an abstract human construct, time & doesn't take into account how we feel. If it feels good, do it.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: DaveC on November 21, 2013, 06:22:10 PM
I'm back after a 30 year break. In fact my last new bike (Honda 550Four K) is probably vintage now. It is very reassuring to know that there are so many like minded oldies out there and that I'm not as mad as my wife thinks I am. I did resurrect my 1959 leather jacket. It was a bit too small. When I tried it on both sleeves split and fell off. The funeral was held at the wheelie bin with myself and the Mrs. in attendance. Have now purchased an RST Paragon jacket and jeans.
Dave

Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Defender on November 21, 2013, 06:46:17 PM
DaveC, the bad news/good news is you probably are as mad as your wife thinks you are. After all wives are always right, aren't they. But what the hell, 1 life, live it. Welcome to the mad buggers club, you're in good company.

Funny how leathers & wetsuits (not worn together, I hope) shrink over time.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: syko on November 25, 2013, 04:37:29 AM
Will be 64 next Feb - had my x since June - great bike
Also have a CZ400 vintage motocrosser which I still ride
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Defender on November 25, 2013, 09:41:16 AM
Welcome syko, long may your wheels turn.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Rider7 on November 25, 2013, 07:55:55 PM
 :047:
Just 48yrs old here - but glad to see guys in their 60's and 70's on here...because I plan to be you in 20 more years. We all stop maturing at around 20yrs old anyway! The rest is just mileage.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Defender on November 25, 2013, 08:24:27 PM
Nicely put  Rider7, hope you achieve your ambition.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Peter106 on November 25, 2013, 10:07:10 PM
Rider 7 is buying the beer!
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: DaveC on November 25, 2013, 11:06:08 PM
"Rider 7 is buying the beer!"  I reckon if we pooled our old age pensions we could buy him one.
Dave
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Ron S on December 01, 2013, 07:21:37 PM
I'm 60 and my X is my first bike which I picked up in August.  Wish I had started 40 years ago, love the bike. Unfortunately it is now hibernating until spring, Canadian winters are not bike friendly.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: jsonder on December 01, 2013, 09:00:00 PM
*Originally Posted by Ron S [+]
Unfortunately it is now hibernating until spring, Canadian winters are not bike friendly.

This is why I retired from Montana to Arizona. 

Year round motorcycling is nice.  I had the dirt bike out this morning.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: KDG on December 02, 2013, 03:14:33 PM
Just turned 61 this month. I had to buy two "Xs", as the wife wanted her own throttle. They are the perfect bikes for the backroads riding we enjoy.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Cam on December 03, 2013, 09:40:50 AM
Wow...soooooo many oldies.....did I mention I am 41?  :821: :186: :082: :180:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Defender on December 03, 2013, 09:57:13 AM
41 hey Cam, you've got it all to come.Be interesting to speculate what you'll be riding in 25 years. On the other hand bikes will probably be banned by then , as the cause of too much enjoyment. Good luck with your long riding career.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Cam on December 03, 2013, 10:01:27 AM
Ha ha thanks Defender.  Hopefully I'll still be riding, umm, something if bikes are banned!  :016:  Ah sh#t, that will probably be banned too or require assistance  :192:  :821: :012:  :148: :481:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: walsh111 on December 05, 2013, 01:37:40 AM
evening defender not quite counted up your years  but as a mature learner to biking so far so good luvin  it .After  spending the majority of my working life living in trucks. I had a big wake up call last year .had six months of work with severe depression[it hits anyone]  with the support of my wife and children i have changed my life around. grrr still trucking but on a daily basis..And biking has opened up a new outlet in my life so much to learn about. but great to see good folk willing to share knowledge and help newbies like myself great forum
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: DaveC on December 05, 2013, 08:36:37 AM
Good to hear you got through your illness OK. Like many forums there are some good, likeminded folk here so there'll be plenty of support should you need it. It is also good to meet up with other members in your area from time to time and maybe go out on a ride.
Good luck
Dave
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Defender on December 05, 2013, 09:44:30 AM
Hi Walsh.I sympathise with you, been there as well, missed 2 yrs of life. The upside is I retired at 46, so have had my fair share, and now live in a beautiful place, which would not have happened otherwise.You're very lucky in having the support of your family, and I expect you've discovered what is, and isn't important. Live each day as though it is the first and last. Biking will give you a freedom of spirit & a lift to your life. You know who your friends are now & you've got some here.Hope life runs smoothly for you, be kind to yourself & enjoy your X.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: rogie68 on December 05, 2013, 10:03:58 AM
im 45 and will have a CB500X end of year when he red ones are here,will sit alongside my red Crosstourer
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Defender on December 05, 2013, 10:54:09 AM
Rogie man, what you doing in this thread? at 45 you're just a boy. Nice to hear from you though, and you're getting the right colour. Enjoy your X, and post back when you're 65 (sooner than you think). Don't think I'll be here, but I hope someone will.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: DaveC on December 05, 2013, 11:23:31 AM
I was 70 (SEVENTY) yesterday and now plan to live forever.
Dave
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Defender on December 05, 2013, 12:55:22 PM
DaveC, good, hope you do, at least you'll be able to answer when rogie68 posts back at 65. Meantime I'll settle for immoral rather than immortal.(chance would be a fine thing).
Happy birthday for yesterday.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Island Rick on December 07, 2013, 08:28:27 PM
Last B-day I was 42 for the 24th time!
My first fun bike was a Honda 305 Scrambler  (1968 CL-77).
Compared to today's bikes it was rude and crude. I now ride a MadAss 125 on my little island, and
on the main land, a CBR250R which I really like and just purchased a black 500X.
It's all good, It's all fun.

Cheers,

Rick
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: dogjaw on December 13, 2013, 06:28:32 PM
I'm just a pup at 51...
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Defender on December 13, 2013, 07:23:15 PM
Every pup can become Top Dog. A hearty welcome to you, young  dogjaw.

Revision: just read your main post. No pup, Top Dog already. You do know you've written a book there, & if not, why not? Lots of thoughtful stuff in there.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: javelin on December 26, 2013, 01:01:31 AM
I'm 57 been riding for 42 years, had over 90 bikes, including lots of dirt bikes.
I ride an 500x and BMW R1150RT for the cooler months, but the x is by far the most fun.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: ngling on January 09, 2014, 06:53:59 PM
I am 56. Rode dirt bikes (Yamaha DT175), both onroad and offroad, in my teens, but nothing since then. Retired now and looking to get back into riding, albeit in a less aggressive style than in my younger years.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Dave Bell on January 09, 2014, 08:26:19 PM
I passed bike test 1968 on my Ariel Arrow & have had bikes[excuse the pun!] on & off ever since! always having a "2wheeler" inc scooters/twist n go, I will list them ALL sometime! 62& still biking!!! :306:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Defender on January 09, 2014, 10:23:44 PM
Bout the same time as me then.  So you had a mobile smoke machine hey. Welcome to the pack & keep it up.

Ride safe mate.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: navelgazer on January 10, 2014, 09:21:31 AM
Me too Dave, 1968 on a Yamaha 100 twin stroker, round the block in full view of the big Seargent, U turns hand signals no feet down didn't fall off, bingo, a piece of paper, stoked. Seems like I have been falling off ever since.     Power on everyone, It is a good thing to ride. :210:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: bike93 on January 10, 2014, 03:44:06 PM
I'm 54. Passed my test in September 2012, so waiting for my 33bhp restriction to end.... Cant wait coz them i'm getting my CB500X.  Passed CBT, then my husband bought me a lovely cbr125, rode it for the weekend and then couldnt even ride it across the yard.  After 3 weeks of this, and using my sons Yamaha dirt bike  with no hesitation i figured it was the downward facing handlebars so a YBR125 was purchased.  After passing my test we then swapped 125 for YBR 250 which i'm riding now.  Getting CB500X in September and hopefully taking it to Spain in October.   :001:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Defender on January 10, 2014, 06:03:40 PM
Welcome & good for you girl. Sorry though, at 54, your not an oldie, just a late starter, but well done & keep the red dragon flying.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: bike93 on January 10, 2014, 06:34:14 PM
 Thanks Defender, come September will be talking to u about shaving down my seat as being Welsh I'm a bit vertically challenged.... :006:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Defender on January 10, 2014, 09:32:18 PM
I'm not Welsh but I'm still undertall. Must have  caught it on holidays here as a kid. honourary Welsh now I hope.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: navelgazer on January 11, 2014, 09:28:23 AM
That's x 2, welcome to all the girls  who get this riding thing. May be a plan to hold off on bike mods to solve a problem with both feet not down at once. You only need one leg to stop a bike falling over, just plan ahead and head up looking ahead and your balance will do the rest with practice. Have fun and just ride.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Cam on January 11, 2014, 10:00:47 AM
Yeah too right that 54 is not old at all, only half way if that really!  :821:

Oh and I am 41 which I have mentioned before but with the oldies in here it never hurts to keep reminding  :008:  :481:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: bike93 on January 11, 2014, 11:05:44 AM
Its a great age Cam, coz its the age of my husband.  :002:  and thanks for the advice Navelgazer, your right of course, the more you get out on the bike, the more confidence you gain and in the end I don't think it matters if your not fully flat footed. Mind u, I'm sure u men are just basically stronger than us women anyway so that helps. My other half is 6ft 2in, has five bikes which are all very different from each other but doesn't even think twice about getting on them. I can't wait till I get to that stage of my riding.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Defender on January 11, 2014, 11:22:08 AM
Tried that navelgazer, & to an extent your right, but you can't cover every contingency. I've got to contend with single track road, blind rt angle bends with adverse camber, plus mud. Doesn't matter how slowly you creep round. if some dope in a car is coming the other way without slowing, you can't plan where to stop.  My aim in lowering is to get used to the bike, then slowly raise it again when I feel ok about it. As it was I just didn't feel safe & if you don't feel safe, you're not safe. Better safe than sorry, I think.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: cloroxbb on January 11, 2014, 06:29:17 PM
Im a little late to the party but, 31 here, My cb500x will be delivered to me on Wednesday.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Defender on January 11, 2014, 10:30:22 PM
Hi cloroxbb.Congrats on getting your new X, but at 31 you're about 30 years too early for the oldies party. You'll love the bike. Happy & safe riding til you reach oldie status.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: cloroxbb on January 12, 2014, 12:34:25 AM
*Originally Posted by Defender [+]
Hi cloroxbb.Congrats on getting your new X, but at 31 you're about 30 years too early for the oldies party. You'll love the bike. Happy & safe riding til you reach oldie status.

Thanks! I know I am not an oldie yet, but I plan on riding forever, so it wont be too long :)
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Defender on January 12, 2014, 10:09:58 AM
Good plan, hope it comes good.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Rocker66 on January 19, 2014, 10:31:32 PM
I'm 67 next month and have been riding since my 16th birthday having owned 77 bikes neither my wife (65) who rides a CBF 1000 and a custom painted Hornet have ever held a car licence
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Muttley on January 19, 2014, 10:46:06 PM
Hi Rocker
Funny, I'm 67 next month too. Don't know what part of the country you are from but when I was born the snow was up to the windowsills  :017:
M
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Rocker66 on January 19, 2014, 10:53:22 PM
I'm from Ken. My mother lived in a village and apparently the only way the ambulance could get her to the hospital was for it to be towed by a tractor.
Down here todays kids don't know what winters are :008:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: horobags on January 22, 2014, 06:58:45 PM
In 53 and growing older disgracefully :152:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Defender on January 22, 2014, 09:35:26 PM
Right on young horobags, the only way to grow old & a lot more fun. All the best to you in your endeavours.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: ButchV on March 02, 2014, 10:46:57 PM
Turned 64 on November 12th.  Gray haired happy guy enjoying the CB500X after giving up handling heavy bikes. 
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: retrorob53 on March 02, 2014, 10:57:08 PM
67 tomorrow and the snow was thick I am told. My dad ( no phone) had a policeman call and throw stones up at the window. It was the middle of the night. He was told to ring the hospital which he did after a one mile walk through the snow to a phone box. What a different world that was. I was a post war baby my father meeting my mum in Holland and going back for her after the war arghhh. 40 plus bikes and still going strong. Long may it continue,
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Irishrover on March 02, 2014, 11:02:55 PM
*Originally Posted by retrorob53 [+]
67 tomorrow and the snow was thick I am told. My dad ( no phone) had a policeman call and throw stones up at the window. It was the middle of the night. He was told to ring the hospital which he did after a one mile walk through the snow to a phone box. What a different world that was. I was a post war baby my father meeting my mum in Holland and going back for her after the war arghhh. 40 plus bikes and still going strong. Long may it continue,

Happy birthday for tomorrow Rob.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: retrorob53 on March 02, 2014, 11:09:16 PM
cheers irishrover
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: DaveC on March 02, 2014, 11:44:03 PM
Happy Birthday. Age is just a number………although a higher number in my case. I was born during an air raid!
Dave
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: mww916 on March 02, 2014, 11:57:27 PM
*Originally Posted by retrorob53 [+]
67 tomorrow and the snow was thick I am told. My dad ( no phone) had a policeman call and throw stones up at the window. It was the middle of the night. He was told to ring the hospital which he did after a one mile walk through the snow to a phone box. What a different world that was. I was a post war baby my father meeting my mum in Holland and going back for her after the war arghhh. 40 plus bikes and still going strong. Long may it continue,

Happy Birthday Retro - make sure you go for a ride tomorrow!

My first bike was a Z50 (it was really trick - it even had front suspension....) which I was riding when I was 5...
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: retrorob53 on March 03, 2014, 06:06:06 AM
cheers guys, not sure about the ride wind blowing to 60 plus miles an hour and gusting to heaven knows what. Davec where was the air raid. Was your mum down a shelter or in hospital, just nosey.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: DaveC on March 03, 2014, 09:01:06 AM
I was born in my Grandmother's house in Norwich. There was an Anderson shelter in the garden but I think I was born in the house. I understand there was also some sort of shelter under the dining table. Unfortunately there's no one left to ask now.
Dave
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: retrorob53 on March 03, 2014, 01:28:31 PM
Your right there was a steel table with mesh around it to protect people if the house collapsed. Not sure how good it was but the blast would probably have killed you anyway. My great gran used to sleep in hers so I am told.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: terdfergeson64 on April 22, 2014, 04:44:12 AM
I'll be 24 next month, you guys are giving me hope for a long life of riding ahead!
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Tas on April 22, 2014, 05:41:53 AM
Im 53 years young. Too old for a CBR, but the CB500X is comfy ;)
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: BuckarooBanzai on April 22, 2014, 07:51:46 AM
And I'm 50. So, has anyone worked out the rough average age of a CB500X forumite from the preceding posts? Could the forum be skewed towards the more (ahem) mature rider?  :018:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Dennis on April 22, 2014, 11:13:57 AM
Your right Tas, comport over style and day, I am 72 and ride every Wednesday with a loose knit group on all sorts of machines we average 300 to 500k's on the day in the Hunter region.
Regards, Dennis.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Defender on April 22, 2014, 02:16:33 PM
Nice going Dennis. Long may it be so.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Tas on April 23, 2014, 06:14:18 AM
*Originally Posted by BuckarooBanzai [+]
And I'm 50. So, has anyone worked out the rough average age of a CB500X forumite from the preceding posts? Could the forum be skewed towards the more (ahem) mature rider?  :018:
OK day off today so punched the ages in this thread into Excel. Youngest here so far is Astalab at 19 and oldest Dennis at 72. Average is 55 years, 3 months old! So at 53 I am young!
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: BuckarooBanzai on April 23, 2014, 07:49:19 AM
Smart bit of number crunching there Tas!  :028:

Relieved to find that i'm one of the "youngsters" as well :821:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: K.Ray on April 23, 2014, 11:15:28 AM
 29 years old. I've owned and ridden the below bikes over the years:

My favorite, thus far, is the CB500X due to it's comfort, versatility, economy, and bargain.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Defender on April 23, 2014, 11:50:17 AM
Hi K.Ray, hope you don't consider yourself old at 29. If so, god help the rest of us.

Whatever, welcome to you & glad you're enjoying your X.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: K.Ray on April 23, 2014, 02:20:14 PM
Haha, no but figured my info would help expand the statistics analysis.  :821:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: ButchV on April 23, 2014, 04:59:31 PM
64 from the waist up,  fully retired from the waist down.  Only thrill now is riding motorcycles.  ~ Butch
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: hm on April 24, 2014, 12:03:02 AM
Ok _71
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: jsonder on April 24, 2014, 01:05:57 AM
K.Ray, thanks for helping to spread the statistics a tad.  Many of us are geriatric cases (at least those of us in our 70s or older).

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Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: mobileguy on April 24, 2014, 02:14:42 AM
Oh don't feel so bad I'm 53 and the CB500x is my daily commute.  Still on a restricted for another 11 odd months still thinking keep the Homda instead of a cruiser long term.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Indigo22 on April 24, 2014, 03:28:47 PM
Hit the big 55 earlier this week. I'm returning to motorcycling after a long detour. The 500X is at the top of my list.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: wolf on April 24, 2014, 06:34:25 PM
hi
I will soon be 56 years old
Time flies faster with each year :005:

greetings from austria
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: pmartin on April 24, 2014, 06:48:32 PM
54 Years old. Owned a couple of motorcycles starting way back when I was 16. Gave them up at 21 for a nice warm car.
Went on a motorcycle safety course last year and passed my test. Got my X in October 2013  but little chance to ride it as Winter here in new England is pretty brutal.

Loving my X now its Spring and I can get out and about!
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Defender on April 24, 2014, 07:57:18 PM
Sadly, spreading the stats doesn't make us near the top end any younger.

Didn't think this thread, started last November, would still be going. Great to see more oldies joining.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: lukeduck on April 24, 2014, 11:44:31 PM
Must be the thread I,ve been looking for. Main reason I joined this forum was due to the the fear that young whippersnappers were going to take over. On a more serious note, 68 years old. Still think the X is pretty much b#*t ugly :431:, but it sure runs nice and my old body loves the seating position. Another 6 months and I,ll most likely start liking the looks. This bike can certainly grow on a guy. Everyone stay safe and have fun. Ride often.
 
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: gnfreak on April 25, 2014, 03:05:17 AM
54 years old here. just over 350 miles on the bike. it was nice to get the break-in miles done!
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: jim159 on April 25, 2014, 07:07:19 AM
56 with 1500 miles on the X. Hope to bump that way up this summer.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Defender on April 25, 2014, 05:47:28 PM
Amen to your last line, Xceptional. There's also a thread "past times" where you can chuck old stuff without boring the youngsters.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: AdventureWil on April 27, 2014, 04:09:08 AM
I'm 63.  First bike was a 1970 Yamaha 250, then a long hiatus until, at 50, I told my wife I was going through a mid-life crisis and was deciding on either a bike or aerobatic flying lessons, her pick.  Wound up with a BMW R1150GS for adventuring and commuting, followed by 3 scooters after retirement for errands, followed by the CB500X.  I love that this bike is reminiscent of that lightweight 250 but has the ergonomics of the R1150GS and can do just about everything.

So far:  Center stand, Xplorer side cases, crash bars, GIVI windscreen with MRA variable spoiler (works well for me at 6' 0"), and (my favorite) a milk crate strapped to the pillion with an attached back rest.

Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Xaero on April 27, 2014, 04:37:54 AM
Making me feel young at 36.   :062:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: DaveC on April 27, 2014, 08:34:06 AM
I like the milk crate idea. Good for carrying the beer.....sorry, I mean the milk.
Dave
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Squier 51 on May 10, 2014, 06:21:42 AM
Turning 53 on June 9th. Took delivery of my CB500X as an early birthday gift to myself yesterday, It's my 9th motorcycle. Started on a '77 Kawasaki KZ400 with drum brakes on both ends and a kick starter (no electric starter). Also owned and rode the hell out of the following: '79 Kawasaki KZ650-SR, '80 Kawasaki Z1R-1000, '75 Honda CB400F Supersport, '82 Honda FT500 Ascot, '09 Yamaha FZ6 and a couple of modern Triumph Bonnevilles. Still have a 2010 Bonneville T-100 with 39,000 miles on it.

I keep coming back to the parallel twin engines of medium power output. The CB500X is perfect for me. The Bonneville I have has more low and mid-range grunt but it can't match the comfort, versatility and handling that the CB has. It's a great little bike.  :305:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: crazy doctor on May 13, 2014, 08:18:28 AM
 :003: well iam 69 and have a cbr 150 250 and 500x next year a 650 here in Thailand you are never to old to ride crazy doc .
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: crazy doctor on May 13, 2014, 08:27:25 AM
 :006:by the way fisherman  sorry  prices here in Thailand are not cheap if not made here due to inport duty.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: the_schalk on May 14, 2014, 12:24:14 PM
This thread is awesome.

I'm 39, and I thought I was going to be the old guy riding on this bike. Honda should advertise the X to an older crowd. I want to see some fifty year old riding it in the next Viagra commercial.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: DaveC on May 14, 2014, 06:08:44 PM
I'm 70....who needs viagra? Just a little bit time!
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Frankicello on May 24, 2014, 11:02:45 PM
Hey DaveC you should take a ride to Antibes, France great riding in the Alps I'm 66 but feel 10 years younger riding here 300 days average sunshine.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Klay on May 25, 2014, 01:02:00 AM
I'm 54.  I've owned several dozen bikes in my lifetime but have settled on the CB500X as the best one for me at this time.  I'm not as old as some of you guys, but I have one old guy recommendation:  You don't have to throw away used foam earplugs.  Just send them through the wash and dryer and they're just like new again.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: maXimillian on May 25, 2014, 08:19:35 AM
65 and happy with a robust health, just enough money and a lovely wife of 43, living a worry-free life in Thailands South, exploring the country by bike and planning to explore Malaysia and Laos soon.
One big problem here is the heat. Helmets and protective gear can be very unpleasant when the temperatures are alway above 32 C. (close to 100 F).
The temptation to ride "underdressed" or better "underprotected" is great as police doesn't care as long as you've got something on your head that resembles a helmet, i.e. bicycle helmet.
I am riding very carefully here, as Thailands drivers are some of the worst. Reckless, careless, uneducated, selfish, often drunk or on drugs. In deadly accidents Thailand ranks 2nd behind Dominican Republic.
A word to all the young riders: It's only the outer shell that's getting old. The heart stays young.
Thinking back of the time I was 18, getting my drivers licenses, it feels like it's been last year only.
47 years passed in the blink of an eye.
Have fun, but take care, all of you out there on the roads.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: DaveC on May 25, 2014, 08:53:16 AM
"A word to all the young riders: It's only the outer shell that's getting old. The heart stays young."
Hi Maximillian
Never a truer word spoken. That is the sad part of growing old. My motto is Enjoy it while you can - It won't last forever!
Dave (aged 70)
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Cam on May 25, 2014, 09:43:35 AM
*Originally Posted by maximillian [+]
65 and happy with a robust health, just enough money and a lovely wife of 43, living a worry-free life in Thailands South, exploring the country by bike and planning to explore Malaysia and Laos soon.
One big problem here is the heat. Helmets and protective gear can be very unpleasant when the temperatures are alway above 32 C. (close to 100 F).
The temptation to ride "underdressed" or better "underprotected" is great as police doesn't care as long as you've got something on your head that resembles a helmet, i.e. bicycle helmet.
I am riding very carefully here, as Thailands drivers are some of the worst. Reckless, careless, uneducated, selfish, often drunk or on drugs. In deadly accidents Thailand ranks 2nd behind Dominican Republic.
A word to all the young riders: It's only the outer shell that's getting old. The heart stays young.
Thinking back of the time I was 18, getting my drivers licenses, it feels like it's been last year only.
47 years passed in the blink of an eye.
Have fun, but take care, all of you out there on the roads.

 :460:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Defender on May 25, 2014, 10:42:42 AM
Maximillian, you're a lucky man, you've discovered one great secret, be happy with enough. Long may you enjoy it & keep the youth within.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: maXimillian on May 25, 2014, 04:01:25 PM
*Originally Posted by DaveC [+]
I'm 70....who needs viagra? Just a little bit time!

Hi Dave, my ex-wife (68) told me a couple of years ago, to get a remedy for better...
I did. I call her Tirak, she is 25 years younger than her.  :745:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Honda Man on May 25, 2014, 04:14:13 PM
 :152: I'm  72 years young, been biking since 16, only break for a couple of years was when the boys were born and love it every time I'm out and about,  started off on a BSA Bantam, and have ridden most models since then.  Remember 72 is just a number, it's whats inside that counts.  Ride safe All   :062:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Defender on May 25, 2014, 06:36:06 PM
Poor Xceptional, envy is a sad burden to bear. Hope you grow out of it, but you don't mean it really, do you, you're better than that.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Defender on May 25, 2014, 09:16:49 PM
Xceptional, you are obviously a Smart Feller, as the Rev, Spooner would have it. :D
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Muttley on May 26, 2014, 01:19:44 PM
Maybe spoonerisms don't translate well to "foreign" languages  :187: 2 countries divided......
OW
M
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Defender on May 26, 2014, 01:42:09 PM
I did wonder, that's why i put in ref to Rev. Spooner. May be a case of where ignorance is bliss, 'tis folly to be wise.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Muttley on May 26, 2014, 01:50:50 PM
Naughty but nice  :745:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: PaulS on June 12, 2014, 02:00:37 PM
62 years of age.  Family all grown up and a wife that hates that I bought a bike. She thinks I am going to kill myself.

I pinch myself every day that I am fit and healthy and able to ride a bike again.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Defender on June 12, 2014, 02:17:43 PM
How lucky are we to have reached a good age & still be able to ride? Wishing you a long & enjoyable 2nd bite at the cherry.
  I look at it this way, I've less chance of killing myself riding 'cos I can't die young.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: hec on June 12, 2014, 03:14:37 PM
*Originally Posted by PaulS [+]
62 years of age.  Family all grown up and a wife that hates that I bought a bike. She thinks I am going to kill myself.

I pinch myself every day that I am fit and healthy and able to ride a bike again.

One of the few advantages of getting older ... this shift in relative risk Micromort vs Microlive ..... a good explanation here  .. http://understandinguncertainty.org/microlives (http://understandinguncertainty.org/microlives)

I find I can 'go on' about the difference until swambo looses interest .. and stops complaining


Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: neddog on June 12, 2014, 07:54:30 PM
Was 56 last Friday. I am finding it much harder to get my leg over these days...thats why I love my X she never minds me swinging my leg over!
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Dukie on June 12, 2014, 08:39:34 PM
i cant help but think this thread will harm sales of the bike. it's not just for oldies  :001:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: jsonder on June 12, 2014, 09:25:07 PM
Maybe not, but, it is the older folks who appreciate the ergonomics!!!

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Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Defender on June 12, 2014, 09:51:26 PM
Dukie, you cannot be serious!
Perhaps we should ban the more mature from any enjoyable activity in case it puts young ones off. I won't mention sex in case it puts You off.

Conversely it may improve sales to more mature people who realize there is a bike out there they can still have fun on.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: DaveC on June 12, 2014, 09:59:11 PM
Maybe we should move the goalposts. Oldies are now all those over 90! Age is just a number.
Dave
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Dukie on June 12, 2014, 10:25:29 PM
*Originally Posted by Defender [+]
Dukie, you cannot be serious!
Perhaps we should ban the more mature from any enjoyable activity in case it puts young ones off. I won't mention sex in case it puts You off.

Conversely it may improve sales to more mature people who realize there is a bike out there they can still have fun on.

interesting point about attracting older riders but i was mentioning my point in utter seriousness. motorcycling is full of egotistical posers and image means everything to the majority of riders.
Thtas why the cbr250r is a good beginners bike instead of just a good bike and why our bike is 'adventure styled'. i think going on a forum to find out about a bike and finding the longest thread about how many OAPs own the bike will harm sales. this is regardless of the fact this is a superb motorcycle and im not intending to offend just think it's true
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Defender on June 12, 2014, 11:12:15 PM
Do you really want the X to cultivate a reputation that appeals to egotistical poseurs, or would you rather it was known for being a sensible choice. If image, rather than substance, is paramount for some , it could be taken as a sign of immaturity & would therefore reflect badly on the bike & motorcycling in general. Those to whom you refer probably prefer sudden death crotch rockets anyway & I don't feel it reasonable to dictate who can ride what on an age, or any other basis. That way lies intolerance. How would you feel if I said nobody under 30 can ride a motorcycle because they are all egotistical poseurs & spoil the image of motorcycling.
  Finally, nobody is forced to read the thread, the title does give a hint. So, don't like, don't read. I could go on............

Tolerance ,please.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: DaveC on June 12, 2014, 11:23:22 PM
Well said, Defender.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Cam on June 13, 2014, 06:25:54 AM
 :481:  :015:  :164:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: crazy doctor on June 13, 2014, 06:36:42 AM
  Im 69 going on 21 married to a 32 year old if a 500 x can keep pace with a 600 cc .I can keep the pace  too it may take a bit longer but i catch up in the end age is only a number ha ha.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: PaulS on June 15, 2014, 04:02:42 AM
For anyone who has wandered why older people take up motorcycle riding, you would be very interested in this article.
http://bmwdean.com/older.htm (http://bmwdean.com/older.htm)
It is a study that talks to lifelong riders, late starters and like me riders who have returned to riding after a long break.
As I read it, it did ring some bells as I heard myself thinking yeah that's me or I fall in this category and that's how I feel about it.

Anyway, I commend it to anyone as a good read about what may motivate you to ride a bike at an older age whether you know it or not.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: jsonder on June 15, 2014, 04:39:59 AM
PaulS:  Thank you.  I enjoyed it.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: chumleebonus on June 15, 2014, 05:50:40 AM
I'm 63, my GS 1150 is gone, and couldn't justify the mass for just 1 long trip a year.
with the 17 tooth sprocket change, it now fits my more mellow/mature side of riding preference.
A shift down and grandpa is grinning again.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: chumleebonus on June 15, 2014, 05:53:00 AM
*Originally Posted by jsonder [+]
PaulS:  Thank you.  I enjoyed it.

Hey, when down in AZ this winter, I will look you up for a ride.  Oregon a bit too cold for old bones.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: crazy doctor on June 15, 2014, 05:57:53 AM
Hear hear  well said maximillian nice one
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Dave Bell on June 15, 2014, 09:59:22 AM
Although American based, I can relate to this in so many ways! A very interesting article-Thanks for sharing with all the U.K. riders!! :460:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Dave Bell on June 15, 2014, 10:14:44 AM
Forgot to mention my last message was with regards to " Paul S"  article. :138:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: jsonder on June 16, 2014, 12:30:15 AM
*Originally Posted by chumleebonus [+]
Hey, when down in AZ this winter, I will look you up for a ride.  Oregon a bit too cold for old bones.

There is a nice piece of road leading to a coffee shop in Arivaca.  Mount Lemon is also nice as long as we don't do the backside (dirt road) on the 500Xs. 

Give a holler and I'll bend your ear about riding in 105+F (over 40C) temps during the summer.  :008:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: chico10116 on June 19, 2014, 05:28:25 AM
23 here. The cb500x wiill be my first bike. Greetings from Costa Rica!
;)  :150:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Defender on June 19, 2014, 08:22:16 AM
Hey chico, welcome to the club, enjoy the X as your first bike , but at 23 what you doing on the oldies thread. Put yourself on the intros, more people will see you. Hope we'll get some pics of your country on your rides.

Happy biking
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: chico10116 on June 19, 2014, 02:32:40 PM
Thanks! As soon as I get my license and start traveling I will post some pictures! Maybe even videos!
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: SCCBX on June 23, 2014, 11:17:30 AM
I think I qualify - 56 and a new CB500X owner!
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: crazy doctor on June 23, 2014, 01:13:51 PM
No you are still a baby but enjoy the x and good luck keep safe.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: michae1636 on June 23, 2014, 11:44:48 PM
Hi, I am a mere 55 and happier on a motorcycle, been riding for 40 years on the street. 5 years in PA, 15 years in NJ, and 20 and counting in MN. Yes I got my license at 15 years old, and an S1 (Kawasaki 250 triple) before my first car a year later.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: LWillow on February 17, 2015, 06:06:18 PM
Hi ! I'm 55 and my hobbies are riding my CB 500 X and playing football twice a week in local a amateur team !
I think that playing football helps me to keep in shape to ride my 500 X and that riding my 500 X helps me psychologically to keep the will of playing sports.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: C-rider on February 17, 2015, 06:29:10 PM
Gee, there seem to be a lot of people responding to this thread who are either numerically challenged or who can't wait to be 60.  If I was 55 I wouldn't be pushing it.  It'll come soon enough.  But at age 61 I'm counting this CB500X among the great bikes I've owned.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: yammyfan on February 17, 2015, 08:26:51 PM
24 here. :) feel like a wippersnapper
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Defender on February 17, 2015, 09:04:39 PM
Breaking news: that's 'cos you are, kid :D
I was astonished today to see this thread still running. Going back over it makes interesting  & entertaining reading
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: crazy doctor on February 17, 2015, 11:21:36 PM
defender you will still be reading it in years to come i read a story in the mail that women over 60 are taking up riding bikes,
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Defender on February 17, 2015, 11:44:27 PM
Doc, I hope we'll both still be reading it for many years to come
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: crazy doctor on February 17, 2015, 11:50:51 PM
 I'm sure we will my friend :821:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: ronjr009 on February 18, 2015, 12:47:32 AM
I'm 38 but tend to identify more with the baby boomer generation on many various levels as compared to the generation X'rs of which I'm part. 
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Cam on February 18, 2015, 07:42:39 AM
 :481:  :001:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: crazy doctor on February 18, 2015, 07:57:49 AM
Very :481: :745:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Cam on February 18, 2015, 07:59:59 AM
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Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: crazy doctor on February 18, 2015, 08:04:02 AM
nice one cam  :745:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: jsonder on February 18, 2015, 02:48:38 PM
I think that I'm beginning to understand this post count business.  Monkey business, that is.   :745:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Defender on February 18, 2015, 03:59:27 PM
John, you're getting cynical in your old age.  Monkey business, as if.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Whitecb500f on February 18, 2015, 04:03:13 PM
72 here, only feel 21.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: andybeeone on February 18, 2015, 04:43:47 PM
A young (apparently) 51!
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: lanerider on February 18, 2015, 05:32:50 PM
im 60 and a half  :745:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: tango19 on February 18, 2015, 05:39:56 PM
IIRC Checking in at  61   :821:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: mark747eagle on February 18, 2015, 06:21:39 PM
60 in June.  I still have an XJR1300 but I gotta say I prefer riding the CB.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Defender on February 18, 2015, 06:39:50 PM
Mark747eagle, welcome to the forum and the delights of owning an X. You've gained nearly 1900 new friends, hope you'll participate. Cam will be along soon demanding photos.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: goaussy on February 18, 2015, 07:48:15 PM
Just clocked up 62, waiting for a bit warmer temp,to enjoy the bike. :305:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: bgagnon on February 18, 2015, 08:24:40 PM
50 next March.

An I still need a chaperon to ride until July 26... :):)

If this damed snow can melt...

../Bruno
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Hlep on February 19, 2015, 05:32:51 AM
Just turned 72 and have friends still riding who are a few years older than me. Most riders seem to decide to stop at 80 but I know one who is 90.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Dave1899 on February 19, 2015, 05:52:56 AM
Well Hlep i'm 62 and still riding. I plan on riding up to 90 at least.  :821:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: crazy doctor on February 19, 2015, 08:16:40 AM
Well thats makes a young man being 70  in two months doc.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: crazy doctor on February 19, 2015, 08:29:33 AM
It funney the older you get the more you seem to enjoy life i know i have had more fun in my life over the last 10 years than ever but some sadness too but thats life you only have one life live it doc.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Cam on February 19, 2015, 09:59:19 AM
*Originally Posted by crazy doctor [+]
It funney the older you get the more you seem to enjoy life i know i have had more fun in my life over the last 10 years than ever but some sadness too but thats life you only have one life live it doc.

I'll drink to that Doc!  :821:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Oxna on February 22, 2015, 09:01:45 PM
47 in July, and my 30th seems like only a few weeks ago!!, Oxna
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: jsonder on February 22, 2015, 09:45:01 PM
*Originally Posted by Cam [+]
I'll drink to that Doc!  :821:

Cam will drink to almost anything, IIRC.   :745:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: PaulS on February 23, 2015, 04:11:56 AM
Note to everyone!!!!!!!!
This is not a race  :305: to the end.  :192:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: crazy doctor on February 23, 2015, 06:59:11 AM
 when you are old my friend you don't race anywhere. doc
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: lanerider on February 23, 2015, 08:40:42 AM
Riders over 60 take there time and enjoy the views and savour the hour you ask any young lady  :026:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Paul55 on February 23, 2015, 09:46:08 PM
I'm 60 on the 5th of next month but inside I'm still a teenager.  Been riding since I was 17 with many gaps over the years but I keep returning to 2 wheels.  My first bike was a Francis Barnet Falcon, I think, with a Villiers 197cc 2 stroke engine.  I loved the freedom it gave me.

Now after countless bikes ranging from an ancient Honda C70 to a scratch built old school chopper, (Yamaha XS650 twin, rigid raked frame , with 6" overs & Western pullback bars, Bates lamp, Cobra seat etc) the 500X is a joy to ride.  Plenty enough power, roomy & comfy.  At 6`4" many bikes are too small for me.



Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: crazy doctor on March 17, 2015, 02:15:52 PM
  now70 and sad old :821: old git :745: :745:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Defender on March 17, 2015, 03:33:48 PM
Doc, you may be 70, possibly an old git, but hey Doc, definitely not sad.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Whitecb500f on March 17, 2015, 06:42:11 PM
Happy Birthday Doc.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Nomad Racing on May 10, 2015, 05:59:13 PM
A mere youngster at only 54 although I've been riding for nearly 36 years.

And to prove you are never too old, I started racing four years ago and this year participated in my first ever Desert Rally managing to come 3rd in the over 50s category!

(https://images.weserv.nl/?url=i156.photobucket.com/albums/t9/MadCowPhotos/Tuareg%20Rallye/image.jpg1_zpsvcp8h4fl.jpg) (http://s156.photobucket.com/user/MadCowPhotos/media/Tuareg%20Rallye/image.jpg1_zpsvcp8h4fl.jpg.html)
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: gamerbfk on May 10, 2015, 06:26:32 PM
We can add one more to this group: Me. Age 68+

 :029:
I hadn't ridden in twenty years but for some reason I thought I knew how to ride a motorcycle. That is: I remembered knowing how to ride a motorcycle.

BUT --  At the dealership I almost knocked over the very first bike over that I tried to get on.

How embarrassing!

I thought I might need help getting off...so while my memory said I could ride but I haven't been going around swing my leg up and around like that in over twenty years (and let's not talks about my wives...)

NOW IT'S OKAY getting on and off. I've come to realize I'm quite lucky. Other folks we know got hip replacements, knee replacements, need canes to get around, etc. so still being able to....uh, to 'hop on a bike' is quite fortunate.

Presuming, of course, we don't kill ourselves. With the awesome wisdom that comes with age I practiced the first week in an empty parking lot, doing figure-eights, working on turns and braking...practiced Going Slow...and then out to roads with almost no traffic and tried out my first curves and (slight) leaning into turns...and with the...uh, wisdom that comes with age I didn't panic when I strayed into the oncoming lane or almost went off the shoulder of the road.

 :430:

Yes, it's great to be on a motorcycle again. Truly very Invigorating.  -- Not just a 'reason to get out of the house,' but a FUN reason to want to get out of the house, poking around the city parks, passing by the students at the college,  the bike has proved to be a Good Conversation Starter; people like it's looks and comment on it.  Preteens come over to drool. Skateboarders give me the 'thumb's up' - Boaters at the local lake say: "Nice bike" -- a kid collecting shopping carts at the local Safeway told me how he doesn't like riding in the wind and broke the footpads on his Triumph and had to wait 3-weeks for delivery...now we have become regular 'chatting' friends.

 :189:
I give him the benefits of my years. "Gotta tough it out in the wind, kid...um, and maybe gain some weight and you won't be blown about so much. You're a bit skinny."

"Yup, waiting for replacements parts sucks."
---- And other such fatherly-like advise.


Someone actually told me I looked 20-years younger!

Humm...I wondered, was it my new Flash Gordon tinted goggles?

 :190:
 -- Or the genuine smile on my face?

Have a nice day.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Defender on May 10, 2015, 07:55:58 PM
 gamer, great to see you're having fun going through the wealth of stuff in earlier posts. Good thing to do, there's a helluva lot of info out there. Your joy and exuberance at renewing your acquaintance with motorcycles are a wonder to behold. Long may it continue.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: lanerider on May 10, 2015, 08:18:30 PM
 :047: your as young as you feel  :062:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: jsonder on May 11, 2015, 04:04:56 AM
*Originally Posted by lanerider [+]
:047: your as young as you feel  :062:

Unfortunately, when you get into your 70s, you start to feel the damage from the "get offs".  I'm glad to still be riding my CRF, but I am riding more conservatively,    :152:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Britchris on May 16, 2015, 12:18:37 PM
Brand new X owner here. A mere 55 years young. I grew up on old Brit bikes and graduated to sports bikes by the time I was 20.
3 knee surgeries, back surgery and 38 years of rugby mean I can't ride a sports bike anymore.
I traded a Buell Ulysses for my X.
I chose the X because of the riding position. It is sympathetic to my decrepit state.
I think this may be my last but one bike
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Defender on May 16, 2015, 01:15:34 PM
Britchris, if you make the x last 15 years or so, it may be your next to last.Otherwise, no,you're only a youngster yet, with a few more bikes in you.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: crazy doctor on May 16, 2015, 02:52:05 PM
defender just renewed my passport for the last time i will not make 81 ha ha but will keep going after new hip joints in two weeks time if the stupid Thais get it right i wiill ink my legs left and right to make sure and i am not joking this time keep well my friend .doc
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Defender on May 16, 2015, 03:28:29 PM
Doc, someone with your indomitable spirit is going way past 81, and I've still got to buy you a beer or 10. I wish you all the best with the op, perhaps you should paint your left leg red, right leg green for port and starboard. Then if they roll you over they'll still get the correct one. Good health and long life to you.
Got my Yam YBR yesterday, go for a ride later.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Handypete on May 16, 2015, 07:14:53 PM
61 and feel just a bit older than 19. Retired and bought the X in the same month, my true life begins . . .  :152:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: gamerbfk on May 16, 2015, 10:30:07 PM
 :305: -- Nothing special to report. This post just a ramble while waiting for the rain to stop.
Still age 68+ (least I forget).Enjoy this thread.

My new CB500X has just passed it's break-in period so Next week will be my longest trip, about 140 miles (225km) round trip to a lake & camping area.

CONCERNING THIS TRIP, HOW AGE MAKES A DIFFERENCE STUCK ME A COUPLE OF WAYS

1.I figure I'll have to take more restroom breaks, bathroom breaks now a conscious part of decision making.
But this should be no problem 'cause between where I live to where I'm going there are no roadside restrooms anyway.
All that's expected is that you pee discretely off to the side of the  road, don't flash your weiner, and avoid urinating on passing cars. This is one of our acceptable rural traditions.

Concern #2. Naps. I've sort of gotten use to them, it seems. This fact sort of crept up on me but now realizing I will be out of the house all day,  I guess I should carry my sleeping bag on the bike, and bring along my favorite blanket.

#3. Snacks. Got to have some handy. Why don't motorcycles come with cup holders?

 :017:

The CB500X continues to  encourage spontaneous conversations.  Another old fellow I see around a lot...um, playing pool or finger painting down at the Senior Center...when he first saw the bike and gave me a big thumbs up and shouted: "Keep the rubber side down!"  and I never thought of him as a 'biker' but that seems to be so by the way he straightened himself up, puffed his chest out, and I thought he was going to salute next, or something.

Now I have more respect for him and we have a bit more of a bond than just being in the same finger painting class, or playing the same game of bingo.

I guess he never thought of me as a 'biker' before either. Now we are...(sniff)...a band of brothers.

AGAIN (and again) spontaneous comments at the supermarket parking lot, which is a veritable center of our small town activities and commerce (since we only have one supermarket).

 I pulled in just as the sun was setting. I wanted to deliberately try out my first ride in the night....
 At That Moment:  Thunder cracked the sky and pouring rain came down.
 A woman walking past clutched her jacket to her throat and said: "You must be cold!. How can you stand it?"

--- Ah, yes...where was my rain gear?

"All motorcyclist are crazy," I replied. It was the first thing to say that came to my mind.

"Ha," she said. "I can believe that."

THE INTERNET may have put that idea in my head, too.

My previous motorcycle ownership time frames were in The World Before the Internet. Now there is so much Amazing Stuff on motorcycles (and everything else). Good stuff. Crazy stuff. Dangerous Stuff and some Informative Stuff...but lots of stuff I would not do, 4sure.

Different strokes for different folks. Common motorcycle images are the motorcycle gang, the motorcycle racer leaning on a turn with his knee scrapping the ground, a dirt rider leaping off a hill top like off a ski jump...omg.
These images probably due to the extreme nature of most news and media.

Because I could be happy just cruising along at 55mph (85kph).
Although doing 65mph sometime required just to keep up with traffic between towns.

Roaring  up a hill, rapid acceleration from 30mph to 55mph is my little thrill at the moment.

Yes...I must be 'an oldie' -- We don't need so much excitement. Just a little finger painting, a good bingo game, maybe playing the slots at the nearby Indian casino...roaring our bikes over hilltops at 55mph, it's all good

My appreciation of the LCD display, Is perhaps another example of 'being an oldie' -- Darn thing glows in the dark, easy to read, tells you the time, fuel left, fuel consumed, when to take your next pill, etc.

This 'new feature' (to me) of an LCD display does impress me.  I think to myself:  Why, this new fangled contraption,' 'this  is just the cat's pajamas, the bee's knees, this is the best thing to come along since sliced bread. This is like, like The Day The  Beatles Came to America!' . It's high tech. It's cool.

Especially for the tach...Even though now I feel confident about shifting just based on the sound of the engine, now that break-in period is over, I still like the tach. And isn't it nice to know how much fuel you have left in the tank. Gosh...what will they think of next?

We didn't have LCD displays back when men were men and times were tough...or something like that.

Ah...THE INTERNET, THE 'BIKER' IMAGES & CHAT, THE BLESSED LCD DISPLAY...
it's been good. Glad to have gotten back into it.

Though riding in the rain, at night, is not as much fun as I remember.
 :029:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: crisb on May 16, 2015, 11:30:51 PM
Gamerbfk - I have some trouble thinking of mere 68 yr old as 'old' (even though I'm a good deal younger than that myself). Times have changed. When I was a kid people started acting old, regardless of physical condition, at 50. Probably riding a motorbike is a good way to avoid falling into that trap!

 As for extreme perceptions of motorcyclists, that can work to your advantage. On my most recent camping trip I stopped at in a gloriously empty campsite. I apparently had the whole National Park to myself. I had just finished setting up and was enjoying the solitude when (damn!) an extremely neat couple in a very neat but vast RV arrived looking for a spot to camp. They took one look at me -- lone biker with slightly primitive looking camp set up -- and fled.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: PaulS on May 16, 2015, 11:46:34 PM
I've sense from reading these posts that many think that riding a bike is naturally what someone young would do. That if you are old it's somehow not "normal". The fact that this thread exists proves that. Let's never forget that riding a bike is not extraordinary as you get older, at least no less than if you are in your teens or twenties. It's a factor of how you feel or how it makes you feel that keeps you in the saddle. If as a result you feel younger, then that's a big bonus.
I for one will stay in the saddle until I can no longer do so physically. At 63 years of age I expect that to be another 20 years or so.  I hope my X can keep up.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Muttley on May 17, 2015, 12:01:10 AM
Blimey. Restrooms, naps, pills, bingo, finger painting.  What pleasures I have to look forward to  :017:
M (68+)
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Defender on May 17, 2015, 12:12:24 AM
PaulS, I think this thread keeps going as a reaction against the common held perception that biking beyond youth is abnormal, and,as you say, you're never too old. It's a state of mind that makes it a lifelong necessity to be riding no matter if you do have to overcome some physical limitations. We're out there doing it, that's important to us all and is why we're here and what matters. This thread reminds people that it is normal and enjoyable even if some young un's resent it. They'll be an oldie one day, long may we all ride.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: crazy doctor on May 17, 2015, 09:53:47 AM
muttley don't forget birds bars and beer .and no clock to watch for the first time in your life. it a gas not into finger painting or bingo i leave that to the oldies opps :008:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: crazy doctor on May 17, 2015, 10:06:24 AM
Enjoy your new bike defender and watch out for me with new hip joints i will like a spring chicken ha ha. :821: :063:doc
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Defender on May 17, 2015, 11:22:23 AM
Doc, new hips game on. You'll be rejuvenated, good for another 30 years. You're enjoying life to the max, that's what it's all about. It's about 30 mins walk from here to the pub on the beach, I bet you can easily get that far.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: gamerbfk on May 17, 2015, 04:11:41 PM
I CONFESS, I added some 'sarcastic irony' to the image of older age activities in my previous post: I don't do bingo nor finger paint.
Maybe that's suitable fun to those who do, though, and who am I too judge. Maybe we all do something like that one way or the other.

I ALSO CONFESS, My steering on this topic might be off kilter and wobble a bit;  I'm still re-learning the bike and it's handling and this is  a Big Topic: Age & Motorcycles, if one wants to hold it up, twist it around a bit in the light and view it from all sorts of different angles.

But if post seems too long, skip it. It's the Internet age. It's both easy to scroll by things as well as easy to write in long scrolls.

 :183:

I like the point made by PaulS that our very image that motorcycles are for younger people is or could be a false one to begin with. So even thinking Age & Motorcycles had a distinct dividing line falling into a trap, perhaps, of narrow image.

To Cut to the Chase: Getting back on a motorcycle has proved to be very invigorating; that's the best word for it, for me.
Besides low cost and reliable transportation (compared to worn out minivan) I thought that might be one of the benefits.

To Cut to the Chase: I'm in the retired 'age of man.'  (Stage 6, according to Shakespeare info, at end of post). RETIRED means you start to spend a lot more time at home, under a roof, which can become dull and maybe led to a sedentary lifestyle that's not so good for health.

GETTING OUT OF THE HOUSE! Is one good idea for retired people. Some go play golf. Others go boating. Etc. and I don't do those things and 'the trick' was finding something I actually -- inherently enjoy -- something fun to do to Get Out of the House.

In that way this post doesn't wobble and links to the OP of 'oldies and bikes.'  and as true as I can get.
Age was involved in my 'motorcycle decision' because I wanted an enticement to GET OUT OF THE HOUSE!

And something Invigatoring to brush off the patina and dust than can collect on sedentary and solitary lives.

Maybe this is associated with the more common cliché of 'mid-life crisis' (!?) -- If I live no  longer than the max of 120 yearsGod has ordained --  (uh, if your God happens to reside in Genesis 6:3).

120 years does, btw, seem still about max lifespans. So some things change and some things don't.

MID-LIFE CRISIS CLICHÉ: Guy buys a red convertible, gets a hair transplant, polishes up his dentures, holds in his stomach, rides around trying to pick up blondes on street corners.

Or, of course,  he gets a motorcycle, pretends he's Mad Max and Casanova all rolled into one.
We all have our follies and fantasies and as John Lennon sang: "Whatever gets you through the night,' is sometimes where it's at.

 :462:

READER ALERT: SOME WOBBLY STEERING HERE:
As an 'Oldie' I've shed the false attitudes of teens or young studs who mistakenly may think they are: INDESTRUCTIBLE. 
This realization is good for some humility -- and adding of value to appreciate what one has. Like in the thread here, people have lost hips, knees, ankles, hearing, other health issues, probably some friends in the grave so many of us know we're not indestructible.

Crisb, (who can scare away RV's just with his 'image' - bless 'em) says:"Times have changed." and indeed they have. Age 50 use to be considered old but now we're all more 'hipper' than that.[Note:esp. if we haven't had our hips replaced.]

Times may change but some DNA messages remain coded in our being.
Despite how the times they always are a-changing...and despite the timeless and universal search for the fountain of youth, there are 'age realities.' (At end of post, if interested, for what it's worth).

What's the Point? -- Not sure... Maybe the point for 'oldies'  is to value what we have and value what we can do.
If we can scare away RV's or 'pick up birds' at a bar, or ride a beautiful mellow roller coaster around smooth turns on a pine tree lined road -- or whatever -- it's good to do so. (um..remembering the 10 commandments...or at least a few of them).

 Gotta go now... for a nice ride to blow some of this ramble out my tailpipe.

 :300:

I like 'gearing up' for my bike rides. I feel a bit like that character Jedediah, the gyro captain in Mad Max 2. That's my image...I'd say people can find it a bit 'bewildering,' because I no longer try to tone it down at the grocery store or post office, etc.  (photo, attached)

One 'age-related' thing I've developed, 4sure, is: Not giving a damn about altering my image to suit others. If it makes some birds flock away, so be it. If it attracts others, cool. If it startles shoppers in the checkout lanes, too bad. If it gets me extra 'free samples' at the deli, good.

Fact is: I like wrapping a scarf around my neck, lowering my goggles down from my helmet, and riding into the wind; that's what I've chosen, apparently, for my 'mid-life crisis,
' aka middle age (i.e. late middle age), aka, My Oldie retirement years (more factually terms, perhaps).

I see a lot of people putting their boats in and out of lakes. It can take 'em quite some time to get it right so it slides onto the trailer -- that would annoy me. But, as mentioned, I like 'gearing up' for a cycle ride...I like the packing and unpacking of saddle bags, checking the bike out for any noticeable flaws, like getting a few things here and there to make it better, etc.

This is my mid-life...uh, late mid-life, retirement age, thing; and I'm glad I found it (again).
Other activities are cool, like we're all here into computers, one way or the other.
I like photography, esp. in the digital age, so easy to edit and no cost to take shots like old negatives and dark rooms.

Gosh...I even like painting some of the pics. (This is not finger painting, of course, oh no...this is responsible adult stuff).

I shouldn't mock some Senior Center like activities I've noticed (and some I apparently 'scorn'). I do ride by the place now and then. In the mornings they put out coffee and donuts for a mere $1, one buck donation. Got nice soft furniture, TV, books, DVD's, pool table, table games and put on a fabulous full your belly lunch for only $4 - an incredible feast for that price.

Personally, I'm not looking, though, for anyone to ride the back seat. Been there. Done that. Never know what those crazy back seat passengers may do; plus, there are weight limits. -- so 'my image' is all my own and done for me.


FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH. PREVIOUS COMMENTS ABOUT AGE LED ME TO REVIEW:

AVERAGE LIFE EXPECTANCY, Modern times data:
According to the UN World Health Organization’s a girl born in 2012 can expect to live around 73 years and a boy to the age of 68. That is six years longer than the average life span for a child in 1990.
Geographically, women in Japan live the longest, with an average life expectancy of 87 years, followed by Spain, Switzerland and Singapore at 85 years. The average lifespan of men is highest in Iceland at 81 years.
At the other end of the scale, life expectancy for both men and women is still less than 55 years in nine sub-Saharan African countries


AVERAGE LIFE EXPECTANCY, Psalm 90:10
As for the days of our life, they contain seventy years, Or if due to strength, eighty years, Yet their pride is but labor and sorrow; For soon it is gone and we fly away.

AGES OF MAN, Shakespeare, 'As You Like It,' Act 2, Scene 7: Starts with: "All the world's a stage..."
Nice read, if you're into that.
Summary of Shakespeare's ages of man: 1. infant, can't even feed itself, 2. schoolboy, 3. Romeo or Juliette, 4. Mad Max, 5. Adult, handling the affairs and tasks of the world, 6. Retired, 7. Impaired: weakened, worn out, or broken down by old age, illness, or hard use and --  (like an infant) --  needs help to survive.

 So it goes. "All the world’s a stage,
        And all the men and women merely players;
        They have their exits and their entrances,
        And one man in his time plays many parts, etc."  
   

MESSAGE FROM THE GRAVE.
When on a previous road trip, a long time back, traveling overseas,
I saw this on an old gravestone in county Sligo, Ireland.
(back in the days of horses)

"Cast a cold eye on life, on death.
  Horsemen, pass by'

 

To me this gravestone said:
See this grave? Get it? - Ride on.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Defender on May 17, 2015, 04:57:41 PM
Gamerbfk, this thread is obviously your natural home, some nice, entertaining and interesting stream of conciousness type riffs you've got going there. Looking forward to the next installment. Good stuff, keep it coming.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: andybeeone on May 17, 2015, 06:30:22 PM
+1  :821:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Tas on May 17, 2015, 11:26:50 PM
Im not sure about Mad Max, I felt more like the Michelin Man with my winter padded armoured gear on over my middle aged girth!
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: UnmzldOx on May 18, 2015, 04:11:25 AM
Wanted to do this thread justice before I reply, but it's at 33 pages now, so I haven't read them all yet. What I have read is changing my mind. The X was my 50th birthday present, self-gifted for obvious reasons. The plan was 10 years of riding and then hang it up because only an idiot would ride at 60.

That's not the plan anymore.

By the way, has anyone studied the positives of riding after 50? Timing, concentration, eyesight and hand strength all get a workout every day we ride, and for me now that's three to four times a week, dark, rain, wind and shine, 200+ miles. It's got to be good for you.

This is growing old gracefully, not puttering around the golf course in a cart. (No offense to the golfers. Some of us love that, too.)
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: crazy doctor on May 18, 2015, 05:16:35 AM
gamerbfk thats a good posting :460: and i shall be back on the bike after my hip op asap at 70 years old the heart is as sound as a bell not so sure about the :821: liver and look foward to getting my leg over the bike!! doc
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: crazy doctor on May 18, 2015, 05:31:58 AM
Unmzldox ther is a few idiots on this forum me for one and i think we all are happy still riding our bikes i know a guy in the uk rides at 84 years old .i don't any ones an idiot for  riding a motorbike over 60 but :062: by the way this is  a light hearted reply crazy doc :002:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: crisb on May 18, 2015, 05:51:37 AM
*Originally Posted by UnmzldOx [+]
By the way, has anyone studied the positives of riding after 50? Timing, concentration, eyesight and hand strength all get a workout every day we ride, and for me now that's three to four times a week, dark, rain, wind and shine, 200+ miles. It's got to be good for you.


Isn't the most important positive supposed to be making you more attractive to ever younger and hotter members of the opposite sex? Hasn't worked for me yet, but one lives in hope.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: crazy doctor on May 18, 2015, 02:52:55 PM
 crisp my friend  it worked for me my wife is 33 years old not bad for and old fart like me we had a  a son two years ago and are both very happy there is always live in an old dog and at 70 with new hips a new bike ? maybe ha ha doc
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Defender on May 18, 2015, 03:29:23 PM
Doc, no wonder your hip joints are knackered. Congrats to you and your family.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: crazy doctor on May 18, 2015, 03:39:46 PM
Thanks defender  maybe go for twins next time ha ha .
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Whitecb500f on May 18, 2015, 07:32:09 PM
New hips are a super job, I had one fitted four years back. All the best with your op.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: crazy doctor on May 20, 2015, 02:25:33 PM
*Originally Posted by Whitecb500f [+]
New hips are a super job, I had one fitted four years back. All the best with your op.
thanks just worred about having both done at the same time. it will be hip hip hooray on two wheels :002:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: UnmzldOx on May 24, 2015, 04:42:45 AM
Crazy Doc

Yes, sarcasm intended. Hope it was received as such. Text is tricky that way.

Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: SlimDale on June 23, 2015, 06:00:45 PM
Just joined this forum today, and I must say at 51 i thought I was getting a bit long in the tooth to take up motorcycling again.  Boy, have you all changed my mind!  Very happy to be a part of such an informative and entertaining site.

Took a basic riders course two years ago as something different to do on a weekend.  Ended up buying a used 2009 Virago as a starter bike, but quickly became aware of its limitations on the highways.  The X will be the first new bike I have purchased, and after reading a lot about it, I am feeling very confident that this is the bike for me.  Thank you all!
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: UnmzldOx on June 24, 2015, 01:45:18 PM
Welcome SlimDale,

The X is my first street bike,  but I tried a Virago once. It was odd compared to the dirt bike I learned on. The X feels much more like home. How did you like moving from a cruiser position to a tall sport position? How does the X compare on power, comfort, etc.? I'm completely happy with the X, but many of us are still looking for 7th gear. It's been great for my 25 mile commute mostly on multi-lane city throughways transitioning to country two-lanes with some twists.

Glad there's yet another 50+ rider. Would like to hear why you went for the X versus the Virago and more about riding at 50+.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: SlimDale on June 24, 2015, 02:46:10 PM
UnmzldOx--

I was a bicyclist for years, so i guess sitting higher and being able to stand on the pegs when needed appealed to me, something you could not do safely on the Virago.  I have pretty long legs (34" inseam) and I like that the X doesnt make me feel like I'm folded up the way the little Yamaha did.  Plus, I really enjoyed the little 250 dual sport I used in class, and wanted to step up from that rather than back into a cruiser.

I am lucky in that I have a short 7 mile commute, almost all on a country blacktop. I also plan to take the bike on some mild adventuring at some of the state parks nearby.

I have never seen another X on the roads here...or any other adventure bikes for that matter.  Mostly older folks with big tourers and trikes or youngsters on ninjas and the like.

Where is "deep south?"  I lived for some time in Mississippi myself.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Green.lander on June 24, 2015, 07:01:05 PM
I have also just joined this forum today at 53. I promised myself a new bike once my daughter left Uni and glad i bought a CB500X! :002:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: SlimDale on June 25, 2015, 01:02:04 PM
Hiya Green.lander,

Nice to see that so many "guys of a certain age" are opting for the X,  My wife said it is a happy midlife crisis present  :006:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: UnmzldOx on June 25, 2015, 02:20:00 PM
Green.lander,
Welcome to the site. Would like to visit your country with the X one day.

SlimDale,
Yes, I finally dropped a pin on my home town (see profile) which is not far from home now. Grew up with Yamaha MX 175 plus others riding sandy creek beds with many deep gullies for hill climbing. Mississippi is similar in much of its terrain. I'm sure you know of this type of riding even from the bicycling days. It's too bad there are so few riding clubs anymore. Hare scrambles were popular at the time.

Sounds like we've got similar stature. Even one or two more inches in seat height would be tolerable, but the X allows me to be flat footed waiting at intersections, and the knee bend angle is about the same as the old MX. It's great to hear from another states' side rider. Enjoy.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: botak on July 04, 2015, 07:07:02 AM
Since 1964. Aged to perfection, lol!
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Wayno on July 05, 2015, 08:47:51 AM
Definitely an oldie here. 64 years old today.  July 5th is my birthday. :821:
cheers
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Whitecb500f on July 05, 2015, 09:27:29 AM
Happy birthday and may you enjoy many more.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Bit of an Old Fart really on July 05, 2015, 09:05:43 PM
Just counted age distribution for the posts..

19 to 29 years:    6 CB500X riders
30 to 39 years:    4 CB500X riders
40 to 49 years:    9 CB500X riders
50 to 59 years:    32 CB500X riders
60 plus years:     44 CB500X riders

Interesting to know what the global sales demographics are. But it looks like Honda´s marketing department is catching up..




Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: brintdw on July 08, 2015, 06:14:28 PM
Gifted myself a 2015 500x (white) for my 52nd birthday a few weeks ago and I am looking forward to many years of enjoyment. Appreciate seeing so many seasoned riders on the forum !

Short story ensues ...

I've owned a number of bikes ever since my father surprised me by financing my first when I was 17 (a Suzuki ts125). Flash forward many years and I've gone through a Yahama XS400h as well as a Honda Transalp to arrive at a shiny new crotch rocket (Suzuki sv650s in school bus yellow) and along come two daughters.  I tell them that they can have my bike when they get to the right age (first photo)...

Flash forward another dozen or so years and the youngest REMEMBERS my pledge and proclaims her intent to take me up on the offer but ... my super cool bike is not her style. So I gifted her one that was (second photo).

I then sold my SV650s last month to finance the CB500x (realizing that I no longer bend quite as well as I used to) so that we can enjoy some quality "father daughter" time.

Not going to stop until I drop.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Rojah on July 08, 2015, 10:14:12 PM
Hi there all,

At 58, I feel that I am at the height of my self secreting form (Python quote). I am just so into bikes, they have become more than an obsession! "When are you going to grow up?", asks my long suffering, non pillion riding wife!

Bit about me and my bikes, they will give you a clue...

Started at 16 with a Demm Dove moped (1973 £84 incl tax and insurance) then

1975 Suzuki GT250
1976 Suzuki T500M
1976 Suzuki GT750A (wish I never sold it in 1999)°
1998 Triumph Thunderbird Sport
2005 Royal Enfield Bullet Trials
1993 Harley Davidson MT350

Currently

2011 Norton Commando 961 Sport (bag of nails)
1972 Suzuki T500K (in bits, rebuild)
1962 BSA Rocket Gold Star (surprisingly quick)

And now my 2013 Honda CB500XA which will be "Rally-Raided" next week.

I just love the CB500X! In fact I was going to buy a CCM GP450 Adventure, but for what I need it for, the CB500X Adventure will be so much smoother and a better long distance prospect. Plus it won't vibrate itself to bits over 30,000 miles or so.

There you have it, and for you Canadians out there, I also work out of Winnipeg for about 4 weeks a year.

Regards to all

Rojah
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Defender on July 09, 2015, 12:35:35 AM
Rocket Goldie hey, lucky lad.  Not that I'm at all envious.....much
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: hilldweller on August 09, 2015, 11:58:23 AM
71 here and as enthusiastic, but a bit more sensible, since my first ride at 16.

If anything a bike is more important at my age.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: hilldweller on August 09, 2015, 12:00:19 PM
*Originally Posted by Rojah [+]
"When are you going to grow up?"

What a stupid question, if you don't mind me saying so.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Dennis on August 13, 2015, 04:20:37 AM
73 years old, had my CB500X for just over 12months clocked up 24,000k"s wish I could ride it in my sleep (my wife said I DO) value for money it's top of the list, will tow my Ali-Lite trailer to Tasmania next year, the bike took me and the trailer to Alice Spring and back, 7,400k's in 2014. I intend to ride till I can't remember where I parked the bike.
Regards to all the CB500X riders around the world.
Dennis.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Tas on August 13, 2015, 12:09:11 PM
Hi Dennis
Im only 55 but in Tassie so look me up if you come to Hobart. DonQ here is also from Hobart and does a lot of touring. Im mainly a commuter.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: charliehebdo on August 15, 2015, 12:45:54 PM
75 and have had my 500X a week, love it, downsized from Aprilia 850GT :046:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Little General on August 15, 2015, 08:39:33 PM
51 years young here. Best bike I've owned.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: sarcaster on August 16, 2015, 02:23:00 AM
In my area ( Florida) it seems most of the 50+ riders are Harley guys.  And most have the giant heavy bikes.  I always wondered why?  If I'm 50+ and need to pick up and 800+ lb Harley I'm not going to be happy.   I consider myself OLD for a new rider.  44 years young and have never rode any motorcycle until a few months ago.  Love my X. 
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: mi2az on September 18, 2015, 06:30:30 AM
I'm 57, Ex Harley Rider, I had a 2011 FLHR Road King and put on 65,000 mile. Bought a 2015 CB500XA, I was concerned about having additional mechanical problem with my HD. I replaced the Compensator 1.5 years ago and it's starting to go out again.  Replaced all seals in the primary, that was expensive. About 900.00 dollars.

My wife is a fair weather rider, too hot, too cold or too long in the seat, she is done, so i did not need a touring bike anymore.

So, I dont need anything big and 500cc is plenty big enough for zipping around town or communting to work
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: sawride on September 18, 2015, 08:18:25 PM
*Originally Posted by Bit of an Old Fart really [+]
Just counted age distribution for the posts..

19 to 29 years:    6 CB500X riders
30 to 39 years:    4 CB500X riders
40 to 49 years:    9 10 CB500X riders
50 to 59 years:    32 37 CB500X riders
60 plus years:     44 48 CB500X riders

Interesting to know what the global sales demographics are. But it looks like Honda´s marketing department is catching up..

Updating Bit of an Old Fart really's counts from July (including myself at 63) it looks like old guys still rule. I wonder how different the demographics would be for the "R" and the "F"?
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: EscCtrl on September 19, 2015, 03:56:47 AM
I'm 38.Most of my bikes have been in the 500 to 750 size.My friends have always had larger bikes and I have ridden theirs a lot.So I consider the CB-X to be a lateral move.All eight of my current bikes are 500's except one,it's a 650.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: AndyFM on September 21, 2015, 10:31:12 PM
I'm 65. Bought my new X three weeks ago after a biking gap of 45 years. My last bike was a Honda CD175 'Sloper', loved it, fitted it with Girling dampers to tame the back end, and a fairing. Always had the desire to get on a bike again, never thought I would but every summer seeing other bikers, I got the 'itch', and couldn't scratch it. Can now! Family grown up and me retired. The X is perfect for me, good size, performance, comfortable, easy on fuel and looks great. Doesn't surprise me that older riders are buying them. Just wish our Scottish weather was a bit warmer, but the roads here are brilliant for riding.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Kembro on September 22, 2015, 12:35:08 AM
I'm 43, 1700km's of joy on the CBX so far.

I've ridden since 7 on everything from a Yamaha MX80 to a Yamaha 100 commuter bike. Beta 280 trials bike, DRZ400s and e, a V-Storm 650 and a GPZ900R.

In Australia a 500cc bike is about $300/yr rego but 501cc is $600. This was a deal breaker for the family budget. The CBX fitted the bill perfectly.

Enough power to go two up touring. Comfortable enough to commute 35mins each way to work and sporty enough to get me fizzing through the twisty sections.

Hope to be riding forever.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: webrown02 on September 22, 2015, 01:59:02 AM
44 and a new rider.  Loving the X after about 4 weeks on a Honda Rebel.  It's the perfect combination of commuter and fun.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: JACoH on October 10, 2015, 05:08:25 PM
So, this post received a lot of replies in a short time!  I am a new member here, not yet got my CB500X. Just thought I would read what you guys have to say about them. My biggest concern was the shifting, I have read a couple articles of poor shifting action and jumping out of gear. Back to the post, tho, I am 66, been riding since I was 15, but took an 8 year hiatus, back riding for a month now with Ninja 250, Suzuki GW250 and Kymco 500 Scooter!
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: hilldweller on October 10, 2015, 05:13:12 PM
*Originally Posted by JACoH [+]
My biggest concern was the shifting

Never had a problem. I am a habitual blipper on downshifts. Mine is 1400 miles.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: HerrDeacon on October 10, 2015, 06:25:17 PM
No problem here either. Shift from first to second was a bit clunky for the first little while but not an issue now after. 5000 kms. Clutch is super light too, which is nice.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: EscCtrl on October 10, 2015, 06:34:24 PM
*Originally Posted by JACoH [+]
So, this post received a lot of replies in a short time!  I am a new member here, not yet got my CB500X. Just thought I would read what you guys have to say about them. My biggest concern was the shifting, I have read a couple articles of poor shifting action and jumping out of gear. Back to the post, tho, I am 66, been riding since I was 15, but took an 8 year hiatus, back riding for a month now with Ninja 250, Suzuki GW250 and Kymco 500 Scooter!

7000 trouble free miles so far.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: OldForter on October 11, 2015, 03:17:37 PM
Over 20,000 Km and shifting has always been smooooth. Never had to adjust the clutch yet. I also have a V-strom and the clutch on it is hard to hold if waiting at a light for any time. CB500X is very light, easy to hold for extended time.
Why didn't they make this bike years ago!
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: jsonder on October 11, 2015, 04:45:21 PM
Just hitting 10K miles here.  I lubed the clutch cable with ATF before the trip to Montana this summer.  The transmission is a compromise (as indicated in the Nov. 2013 issue of Motorcycle Consumer News), but as everything breaks in, and you get used to the bike's idiosyncrasies, things become "OK". 
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: jackwinnipeg on October 17, 2015, 10:45:23 PM
 :481:  but I will add my 2 cents anyway, that is to say 67 years and looking forward to many more on my new-to-me black beauty 2013. As Roy Rogers used to say when I was a kid, Happy Trails!
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: RobG on October 24, 2015, 06:30:01 PM
I'm 63 years young and a newbie to this site. I've had my 500X for 28 days and have put 1230 miles on it...the more I ride it, the more I'm liking this bike. It just keeps gettin' better... :152:

Looks like no riding this weekend though...too much rain. :027:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Defender on October 24, 2015, 06:58:21 PM
Welcome RobG, just when you think life can't possibly get any better, you go and buy an X.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: MohjhoRyder on November 14, 2015, 02:32:21 AM
I'm 57, been riding since I was 14. I'v had a number of bikes over the years, this CB500X seem to be perfect for my needs. My favorite rides are the back roads around Mt. Lassen in NoCal.  :305:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Paulo on November 21, 2015, 04:19:02 AM
60 here.
I put 8,000 km on my new 2014 (red) this year. I love this bike. I also run a couple of Honda ct (90 and 110) which I insure for year round transport. Next year I plan to use an air hawk seat to avoid biker butt. The seat is the only bad thing about this bike. I have some soft sided saddle bags and a trunk which I use for groceries. I can haul two 15 packs of beer in the trunk, and tons in the bags. Great machine. Will winterize, tomorrow.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: motorboy on November 21, 2015, 08:23:13 PM
*Originally Posted by jackwinnipeg [+]
:481:  but I will add my 2 cents anyway, that is to say 67 years and looking forward to many more on my new-to-me black beauty 2013. As Roy Rogers used to say when I was a kid, Happy Trails!
Hey you stole my avatar  meet me on the grassy field at dawn I'll let you choose weapons
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: duf on November 22, 2015, 02:45:30 AM
Hi all, joined you just minutes ago. Happy for this resource. 74 years old gringo from the USA with roughly 20 years in Latino America. Past 10 in Ecuador. Just sold my Honda Africa Twin and will shortly buy the Honda CB500X. Go for months touring South America and lighter is better for this old boy. Ecuador riding is up and down the Andes with lots of curves. This should be lots of fun on the 500.. Have an idea dropping one tooth on the front sprocket would make this little guy quick and responsive on these roads. (comments please) For long trips along the coast of South America  (Atacama Desert) use the OEM sprocket saving the motor and gasoline.
Gasoline is $1.50 per gallon in Ecuador and in the rest of South America between $5 and $8 per gallon( ouch) signed " spoiled and love it that way".
Delighted to be here and any comments appreciated.
Duf.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Grim Rider on November 22, 2015, 07:26:31 AM
 :400: duf - sounds like a great plan. Fuel here is so expensive we pay for it in litres and don't even want to think how much a gallon it is now!
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: hilldweller on November 22, 2015, 12:40:38 PM
*Originally Posted by duf [+]
Have an idea dropping one tooth on the front sprocket would make this little guy quick

First is already a very low gear, I thought the "norm" was to add a tooth. I'm not changing.

Like your plan. It encourages youngsters like this 71 year old. After heavy bikes the X is just deep joy. Far too much fun for what you would expect from the spec.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Handypete on November 22, 2015, 02:53:42 PM
*Originally Posted by duf [+]
Hi all, joined you just minutes ago. Happy for this resource. 74 years old gringo from the USA with roughly 20 years in Latino America. Past 10 in Ecuador. Just sold my Honda Africa Twin and will shortly buy the Honda CB500X. Go for months touring South America and lighter is better for this old boy. Ecuador riding is up and down the Andes with lots of curves. This should be lots of fun on the 500.. Have an idea dropping one tooth on the front sprocket would make this little guy quick and responsive on these roads. (comments please) For long trips along the coast of South America  (Atacama Desert) use the OEM sprocket saving the motor and gasoline.
Gasoline is $1.50 per gallon in Ecuador and in the rest of South America between $5 and $8 per gallon( ouch) signed " spoiled and love it that way".
Delighted to be here and any comments appreciated.
Duf.

Welcome Duf!

hey, doing pretty good for an old geezer!  Ecuador was on my bucket list for a long time, should it go back on?  Are you a permanent resident? I'm asking because of bike ownership/insurance.  I'm kinda in the dark about that and don't really want to ride my bike all the way down, would just like to buy one in South America.  Any Ideas?

Hope you like the X, like my friend said, most guys add a tooth to "tame" the bike down but in your case it might be just right.

Africa Twin owner eh?  a bit of talk on this forum about those but not much, I'm sure some readers are going to like to hear the comparisons and thoughts you have about that bike...way cool

Take care,

Pete
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: OKGerry on November 28, 2015, 06:03:29 AM
I am 73 currently riding bmw R1200RT , prior to that had a bmw 650 dakar. Selling my RT in the spring and pretty well zeroed in on the Honda CB500X as I do like doing some off pavement. Motorcycles come second to my main passion which is Paragliding 14 years and 13 years prior to that Hang Gliding . A motorcycle that can do some off road will give access to some flying sites.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: hilldweller on November 28, 2015, 02:02:37 PM
*Originally Posted by Whyme [+]
Motorcycles come second to my main passion which is Paragliding 14 years and 13 years prior to that Hang Gliding . A motorcycle that can do some off road will give access to some flying sites.

Well without insulting your intelligence, any bike will work off road a bit. The X is a great road bike but cons folk into thinking it's an adventure bike. But with different tyres it could fit your bill.

Go try one, you can't fail to love it on road after that Panza you are riding.

I had an F650 Scarver, and excellent bike if you can stand the vibrations, the X is very similar in size and feel.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: gamerbfk on November 28, 2015, 08:16:37 PM
 :305: Really sound like Great Adventures (all, above). I'm 69-years, right now planning to go to the grocery store to get milk. (It IS cold outside). Don't speak Spanish and can't imagine coping in South America. Fuel here now $2.25/gallon. So I guess the Iraq War is finally paying off a bit.
 :082:
Being sarcastic makes me keep feeling young....um, and riding the Honda CB500X (of course!). Good luck to all.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: EscCtrl on November 28, 2015, 10:11:45 PM
*Originally Posted by gamerbfk [+]
:305: Really sound like Great Adventures (all, above). I'm 69-years, right now planning to go to the grocery store to get milk. (It IS cold outside). Don't speak Spanish and can't imagine coping in South America. Fuel here now $2.25/gallon. So I guess the Iraq War is finally paying off a bit.
 :082:
Being sarcastic makes me keep feeling young....um, and riding the Honda CB500X (of course!). Good luck to all.

My area is currently around the $1.67 mark for 87 octane.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: gamerbfk on November 29, 2015, 06:02:43 AM
*Originally Posted by EscCtrl [+]
My area is currently around the $1.67 mark for 87 octane.

I do remember fuel being at ridiculous low prices, tons of years ago, though.

I think once as low as 29-cents/gallon  (!) because it was some crazy price war; or maybe my brains are slipping and I imagined it.

Anyhow, I didn't know folks were paying less than 2-bucks.  Of course with the mpg we get it's not a major concern. My fuel gage was flashing so I  filled up today, the Honda CB500X took 3.4 gallons, paid $2.39 per gallon, 91-octane, total charge $8.24.  Bike says I'm getting 55-mpg.

Pretty darn good, as far as I'm concerned. Maybe my price in rural NE Arizona is higher than your because of  rural delivery cost?
Not that it makes any big difference at these prices and with this mpg! It's a travelers dream. :062:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: RobG on November 29, 2015, 02:30:06 PM
*Originally Posted by gamerbfk [+]
I do remember fuel being at ridiculous low prices, tons of years ago, though.

I think once as low as 29-cents/gallon  (!) because it was some crazy price war; or maybe my brains are slipping and I imagined it.

Anyhow, I didn't know folks were paying less than 2-bucks.  Of course with the mpg we get it's not a major concern. My fuel gage was flashing so I  filled up today, the Honda CB500X took 3.4 gallons, paid $2.39 per gallon, 91-octane, total charge $8.24.  Bike says I'm getting 55-mpg.

Pretty darn good, as far as I'm concerned. Maybe my price in rural NE Arizona is higher than your because of  rural delivery cost?
Not that it makes any big difference at these prices and with this mpg! It's a travelers dream. :062:

I live in Missouri City, TX, just next to Sugar Land and regular unleaded 87 octane is at 1.79 per gallon. Un fortunately all the pumps have 10% ethanol but the prices are at their lowest so far. My 500X runs great on the 87 octane...
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: EscCtrl on November 29, 2015, 06:48:30 PM
*Originally Posted by gamerbfk [+]
I do remember fuel being at ridiculous low prices, tons of years ago, though.

I think once as low as 29-cents/gallon  (!) because it was some crazy price war; or maybe my brains are slipping and I imagined it.

Anyhow, I didn't know folks were paying less than 2-bucks.  Of course with the mpg we get it's not a major concern. My fuel gage was flashing so I  filled up today, the Honda CB500X took 3.4 gallons, paid $2.39 per gallon, 91-octane, total charge $8.24.  Bike says I'm getting 55-mpg.

Pretty darn good, as far as I'm concerned. Maybe my price in rural NE Arizona is higher than your because of  rural delivery cost?
Not that it makes any big difference at these prices and with this mpg! It's a travelers dream. :062:

$0.67 when I started driving in the early 90's.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: rideandfly on November 30, 2015, 04:04:15 AM
I remember 16 cents per US gallon.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: RobG on November 30, 2015, 02:23:56 PM
Back in the mid 1960s I remember paying .30-.35 a gallon for gas in Houston.  :169:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: rideandfly on November 30, 2015, 03:32:21 PM
The gas prices I remember around 1970 in Virginia from 16 to 19 cents per US gallon at a self serve station. Hope my memory is not failing!   :033:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Papa Weeley on January 08, 2016, 11:14:25 PM
$.33/gal. in the early-to-mid '70s for "Self Service Regular" (for you young'uns, in the old days, at the regular gas stations, an attendant came out to your car, filled your gas, checked your oil, and checked the air pressure in your tires!  :001: ) at the cheap stations.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: jsonder on January 09, 2016, 04:39:41 PM
USD $0.199/gallon in Tucson during a gas war in 1961 or '62.

I'm currently paying $1.88/gallon in a retirement town where they try to gouge the old folks.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: delsurfin on January 14, 2016, 06:08:38 PM
I will be 70 in July. Hoping to get my cb500x in about two weeks (used 2012 5519miles black all stock).
ED
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: vamcman on March 05, 2016, 05:06:40 PM
Haven't been through this whole tread but can anyone top 75?  :001:

Bought the X last April to hopefully stay out of trouble. The Street Triple R was a great ride but my eye sight and reflexes were not up to the bike's capabilities. It's true what they say, "riding a slow bike fast is more fun than riding a fast bike slow".
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: jsonder on March 05, 2016, 08:34:56 PM
*Originally Posted by vamcman [+]
Haven't been through this whole tread but can anyone top 75?  :001:

Nope!  I'm only 74...    :082:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Little General on March 07, 2016, 01:08:58 AM
I'm 52 and cant remember if I answered this thread before....
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: FangShui on March 11, 2016, 04:37:45 AM
64 next month.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: vamcman on March 11, 2016, 11:52:20 AM
*Originally Posted by Little General [+]
I'm 52 and cant remember if I answered this thread before....

That's what happens when you get older  :152:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Badcompany69 on March 26, 2016, 10:35:55 PM
Hi All, 62 here and returning to biking after a 40yr layoff. Hope to get my X in April. Having a bit of trouble with the DVLA over my motor bike licence. They can't find it. Could have to take my test again, What a bummer. :110:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: FangShui on March 26, 2016, 11:18:49 PM
Welcome!

I'm 64 next month, been riding steadily since I was 12.

Check out this motovlogger, IrishRover. He lives in Stirling and rides in Scotland and Ireland on his X:

http://www.youtube.com/user/irishrover63/videos?&ab_channel=IRISHROVER (http://www.youtube.com/user/irishrover63/videos?&ab_channel=IRISHROVER)
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: vamcman on March 27, 2016, 04:36:18 PM
Off subject but does anyone know what wind screen Irish Rover is using?
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: wyattdog2015 on March 27, 2016, 04:37:06 PM
61, got my x last year after not riding for many years. took the motorcycle saftey course with a guy that was 82. :001:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: HerrDeacon on March 27, 2016, 05:12:51 PM
*Originally Posted by vamcman [+]
Off subject but does anyone know what wind screen Irish Rover is using?

Powerbronze I believe, but he can confirm once he reads this.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: FangShui on March 27, 2016, 05:41:19 PM
PowerBronze Dark Tint, Standard Size, according to an earlier post in the Windshield thread.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Irishrover on March 27, 2016, 07:53:02 PM
*Originally Posted by vamcman [+]
Off subject but does anyone know what wind screen Irish Rover is using?

As the guys said, yes it is a Powerbronze, Dark Tint, Standard. :-)
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Irishrover on March 27, 2016, 07:54:34 PM
*Originally Posted by FangShui [+]
Welcome!

I'm 64 next month, been riding steadily since I was 12.

Check out this motovlogger, IrishRover. He lives in Stirling and rides in Scotland and Ireland on his X:

http://www.youtube.com/user/irishrover63/videos?&ab_channel=IRISHROVER (http://www.youtube.com/user/irishrover63/videos?&ab_channel=IRISHROVER)

Thanks for promoting my YouTube channel my friend. Hope you like them. And yes I'm an oldie at 53.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: FangShui on March 27, 2016, 08:56:29 PM
*Originally Posted by Irishrover [+]
Thanks for promoting my YouTube channel my friend. Hope you like them. And yes I'm an oldie at 53.

No worries. I've been a subscriber for quite a while. Love your videos. At 53 you're just a Young Oldie.....The real decline starts around 62...wait for it! Aches and Pains and Whinging, Oh My!

Apologies for getting your town wrong. I should have said Stirling AREA. Falkirk, it is.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Irishrover on March 27, 2016, 09:06:59 PM
*Originally Posted by FangShui [+]
No worries. I've been a subscriber for quite a while. Love your videos. At 53 you're just a Young Oldie.....The real decline starts around 62...wait for it! Aches and Pains and Whinging, Oh My!

Apologies for getting your town wrong. I should have said Stirling AREA. Falkirk, it is.

Falkirk/Stirling, they are just a stones throw from each other. Thanks for subscribing. I haven't made a video in a while.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: FangShui on March 27, 2016, 09:11:47 PM
*Originally Posted by Irishrover [+]
Falkirk/Stirling, they are just a stones throw from each other. Thanks for subscribing. I haven't made a video in a while.

We just had a 15cm snowfall. What's your excuse? :016:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Irishrover on March 27, 2016, 09:27:39 PM
*Originally Posted by FangShui [+]
We just had a 15cm snowfall. What's your excuse? :016:

I have none, just need some enthusiasm.  :084:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: hilldweller on March 27, 2016, 09:35:31 PM
*Originally Posted by Badcompany69 [+]
Having a bit of trouble with the DVLA over my motor bike licence. They can't find it. Could have to take my test again, What a bummer. :110:

I have read about many many bikers getting screwed by this. The DVLA just treat us like crap.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Irishrover on March 27, 2016, 09:42:02 PM
*Originally Posted by hilldweller [+]
I have read about many many bikers getting screwed by this. The DVLA just treat us like crap.

I read about this a few years back. Top tip, scan your license and store a file in DropBox or similar so you can access it from anywhere in the world if you lose it whilst travelling and you always have proof that you have a full bike license should DVLA's computers crash and lose data.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Badcompany69 on March 28, 2016, 03:18:37 AM
*Originally Posted by Irishrover [+]
I read about this a few years back. Top tip, scan your license and store a file in DropBox or similar so you can access it from anywhere in the world if you lose it whilst travelling and you always have proof that you have a full bike license should DVLA's computers crash and lose data.
We didn't have DropBox in the seventies it was just SEX DRUGS & ROCKIN ROLL  :080: best ten yrs of my life, f**kin unbelievable.  :152:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: RobG on March 28, 2016, 02:02:16 PM
*Originally Posted by Badcompany69 [+]
We didn't have DropBox in the seventies it was just SEX DRUGS & ROCKIN ROLL  :080: best ten yrs of my life, f**kin unbelievable.  :152:

 :046:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Rocker66 on March 28, 2016, 04:26:54 PM
*Originally Posted by RobG [+]
:046:

 For me it was the 60s when the bike cafe scene was at it's height with places such as the Ace. There was also the fact that if you didn't like your job you could just pack it in on Friday and walk into a new one on Monday. also for me the music was great + of course rtheir were great bikes like the Goldie & Thruxton Bonnie around.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Nortoon on March 28, 2016, 05:17:17 PM
My motorcycle buddies and I referred the mid-60's to the mid-70's as the Decade of Decadence. With the amount of beer we drank and the reckless way we rode, it's a wonder we all survived.  :186:

One by one we all met the right girl, got married and disappeared.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Monsarrat on April 23, 2016, 05:10:10 PM
Finally prompted  to introduce myself.  I think this site profiles me as a lurker cause I have been using it for the past few months without posting.

I'm 63 and have had my x for about two months after a hiatus of 4 years.  First bike I bought in my forties was a yamaha Virago 530cc. Had it for 13 years, putting 30,000 plus miles on it. Loved that bike. Great cruiser styling, and perfect size for me as I weight in at 130 lbs. Even the Harley guys would strike up a conversation when I had it packed to travel.  Used it mostly for bike/camping trips and to go fly fishing in the Great Smokey Mountain National Park near where I live. Sold it to help finance a mountain bike which cost about as much as a new X. 
Anyway, looking to retire sometime this year and I'll have time to both mountain bike and do some trips on the X and use it to chase some trout.  Thankful that I'm physically able to do both and not afraid (but cautious) unlike many in my age group seem to be.  I think these interest will also help keep me mentally sharper.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: jsonder on April 24, 2016, 01:34:26 AM
Welcome Monsarrat, we need more young blood around here. 
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: UnmzldOx on April 24, 2016, 01:48:20 AM
*Originally Posted by Monsarrat [+]
Thankful that I'm physically able to do both and not afraid (but cautious) unlike many in my age group seem to be.  I think these interest will also help keep me mentally sharper.

Agree on so many points:
I would like to have the X next time I headed for a hike in GSMNP. Parking can be horrendous.
It's hard to know what we lose as we age, but the fact that riding makes us constantly work to improve skills probably means we're better off for it.
Others might not understand, but there's not much time to do what you enjoy. I'm beginning to believe the risks are overrated. Most motorcycle accidents are self-inflicted due to drinking, speeding, poor skills, and not paying attention. Avoiding those lapses makes it a reasonable hobby.

Enjoy the timely return to riding. Great choice for fly fishing.







Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: wraw on April 24, 2016, 04:43:59 PM
I'm 63, a lurker here, 'till now.  New to the X, not new to Honda 500's.  My first bike was a '72 CB500-4 in 1973.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: hilldweller on April 30, 2016, 09:04:37 PM
*Originally Posted by jsonder [+]
Welcome Monsarrat, we need more young blood around here.

Oh I don't know. They can by noisy and always glued to some phone so they can tell the Facebook community how many ccs of fuel they've used in the last half hour.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: jsonder on May 01, 2016, 01:22:41 AM
*Originally Posted by hilldweller [+]
Oh I don't know. They can by noisy and always glued to some phone so they can tell the Facebook community how many ccs of fuel they've used in the last half hour.

You did note that Monsarrat is 63 years old didn't you?   Young by our standards, however.   :008:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Muttley on May 01, 2016, 01:59:03 PM
Sarcasm  It's what we Brits are good at  :125:
M
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: hilldweller on May 01, 2016, 02:34:24 PM
*Originally Posted by jsonder [+]
You did note that Monsarrat is 63 years old didn't you?

Yeh, a mere kid.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: EscCtrl on May 02, 2016, 12:22:04 AM
I'm an f'in baby at 39 years old.  :745:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Badcompany69 on May 02, 2016, 06:55:50 PM
*Originally Posted by Badcompany69 [+]
Hi All, 62 here and returning to biking after a 40yr layoff. Hope to get my X in April. Having a bit of trouble with the DVLA over my motor bike licence. They can't find it. Could have to take my test again, What a bummer. :110:
[/quote. Update. Had no luck with the DVLA, Have to take my test again. Did the CBT coarse today,things have changed since 1974. I get my 500x next Friday May 6th. I've gone for the Matt Brown , the colour does grow on you.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Grim Rider on May 02, 2016, 09:08:28 PM
That's a shame BC - good luck with that. Having read what you have to do to get a bike license these days it makes me wonder how many of us who took the test in the 'good old days' would easily pass the new one!
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Borough36 on May 04, 2016, 05:53:56 PM
Hi all.  I am 62 and have been riding since I have been 10 year old; starting on a Honda 90 trail. Over 400k miles on BMW's.  Just bought a CB500X; coming off a 2009 BMW F650GS twin that I had a lot of issues with. Looking forward to doing a RR conversion this Winter. BTW, I am in NH in the USA.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: KMGuy on May 04, 2016, 09:42:28 PM
*Originally Posted by EscCtrl [+]
I'm an f'in baby at 39 years old.  :745:
I guess that makes me an annoying teenager at 55!! :046:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: EscCtrl on May 05, 2016, 03:32:08 AM
*Originally Posted by KMGuy [+]
I guess that makes me an annoying teenager at 55!! :046:

 :152:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Blackie on May 05, 2016, 07:44:58 AM
I  too am a returning biker- 65yo after a long gap.Returned last year with a honda crf250l then upgraded this year to a 16 X. I'm still amazed at how you just climb on modern bikes, press a button and it starts, no more jumping on a kickstarter and having to tickle the carburetor. And mirrors !  I don't think I'd last long riding without them with my stiff and creaky neck not being able to swivel as far as it once did, Am enjoying this bike.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: johnbell on May 19, 2016, 03:32:27 PM
hi all im, 67 years old, this is my 2nd cb500x as i liked the first one so much. i only changed the first one after listening to my son,at the time last year i led him back on a sunday ride, and he reckond i was having to use a lot of throttle ,he owned an r1 at the time,he now rides an hayabusa so i wont be riding with him on that.last september i bought a1998 blackbird off ebay and use that if riding together. but i think the 500x is great.tis one is april 2016 in red. best wishes to you all keep biking!!
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Dan Gurney on May 20, 2016, 02:22:49 PM
  61.5 with 43 years riding experience, got the scars to prove it. Suffer with a brachial plexus injury so reason I have recently purchased a 2016 CB500X as it allows me to ride comfortably with my disability. Really pleased with bike does everything and more I need..


Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Rocker66 on May 20, 2016, 06:33:42 PM
*Originally Posted by Dan Gurney [+]
  61.5 with 43 years riding experience, got the scars to prove it. Suffer with a brachial plexus injury so reason I have recently purchased a 2016 CB500X as it allows me to ride comfortably with my disability. Really pleased with bike does everything and more I need..
Hi Dan welcome to to the forum
Are you any relation to the car racer of that name? Sorry if you are fed up with being asked that question

Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Mister Paul on May 20, 2016, 06:36:39 PM
*Originally Posted by Grim Rider [+]
That's a shame BC - good luck with that. Having read what you have to do to get a bike license these days it makes me wonder how many of us who took the test in the 'good old days' would easily pass the new one!

I passed just over 18 months ago. It's not the difficulty that's the problem, it's the rigmarole and the cost!
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Monje on May 21, 2016, 08:18:45 PM
61 here.  Started my riding career back in '72 with a CT70.  Have been on an extended hiatus till I purchased my 16X.  That CT70 got my brother going many years later with a BMW650.  Finally broke down and got the 500x for some good times with my brother.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Dan Gurney on May 23, 2016, 04:00:23 PM
As regards the question, are you related etc to DAN GURNEY the car racer, in a roundabout way I am.
It is my nickname, my real name being GRAHAM GURNEY. The nickname was given to me at school when Dan Gurney was at his peak, racing with JIM CLARK, GRAHAM HILL, etc. It stuck to the extent that everyone refers to me as Dan. My wife, my close relatives, and all my acquaintances. Bit of a quandary as to what should go on my headstone. Some people would likely want to put something inappropriate. I guess a few of you will be yawning by now.....Dan
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Rocker66 on May 23, 2016, 04:20:20 PM
*Originally Posted by Dan Gurney [+]
As regards the question, are you related etc to DAN GURNEY the car racer, in a roundabout way I am.
It is my nickname, my real name being GRAHAM GURNEY. The nickname was given to me at school when Dan Gurney was at his peak, racing with JIM CLARK, GRAHAM HILL, etc. It stuck to the extent that everyone refers to me as Dan. My wife, my close relatives, and all my acquaintances. Bit of a quandary as to what should go on my headstone. Some people would likely want to put something inappropriate. I guess a few of you will be yawning by now.....Dan
I like that. Dan (The real one :048:) had a factory not far from where I live
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: ArchieAdv on October 27, 2016, 08:30:25 PM
63, pushing 64 in Jan. 
Been riding since I was knee high to a grasshopper (about 10) and still not much taller. First ride ever was BSA 650 and the owner held to let me get going and caught me to stop.  Progressed from then to stripped down scooters in fields and then Tiger cub. Passed test on BSA B40.

Love the CB500X
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Lysdexic on October 28, 2016, 02:11:31 AM
63, enjoying the year-round riding here in LOS. First bike was a Honda Benly Dream bought as a basket case at 16, restored in my father's garage in Pennsylvania and ridden 3 months before it blew up.
It's been a long, strange trip since then.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: gmike on October 28, 2016, 02:43:11 AM
72,  I have came back to my roots.  Riding is fun again, I really like this bike, it fits me.

Mike 
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Tod. on October 28, 2016, 08:47:43 AM
Not quite 60 yet, another 11weeks or so, but I figured I'm close to qualifying for this thread. Been riding since I was 14, got my first legal bike at 16, it was a Gilera trail bike. Never been without a bike since. Brought up riding in the mountains of Wales, so have experienced falling off in the dirt quite often. Got a CB500X coming next week, to replace my wee Honda cd250u as a commuter, but will still have my Kawasaki W800 for summer touring. Can't wait to retire so I can go back to Wales to spend more time "in the mud".
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Dan Gurney on October 28, 2016, 12:28:10 PM
62 in a few weeks time. Bought CB500X new in May this year. Reason I settled for this bike is I had a nasty bike crash in 2003 which resulted in a Brachial Plexus injury to my right shoulder.This meant most of the functionality in my shoulder,right arm, hand was destroyed. But after lots of surgery I gained enough functionality to allow me to start riding a CG125(see profile pic) in 2010, which I had been doing on a daily basis until 26th July this year. The CB500X was the ideal bike to allow me to ride again due to its handlebar and front brake adjustment position. A brilliant bike.
However I was wiped out by a car on the date above by a car. Resulting in the loss of the CG125, a 6 week stay in hospital, 6 breaks in my lower leg,knee and ankle and foot degloved. Now in a wheelchair and starting to use crutches. My lower leg is in a external fixator frame(Ilizarov frame) probably for another 6 to 9 months. Therefore the CB500X is laid up for a while.  I'LL BE BACK...Safe riding.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: EscCtrl on October 28, 2016, 12:40:16 PM
*Originally Posted by Dan Gurney [+]
62 in a few weeks time. Bought CB500X new in May this year. Reason I settled for this bike is I had a nasty bike crash in 2003 which resulted in a Brachial Plexus injury to my right shoulder.This meant most of the functionality in my shoulder,right arm, hand was destroyed. But after lots of surgery I gained enough functionality to allow me to start riding a CG125(see profile pic) in 2010, which I had been doing on a daily basis until 26th July this year. The CB500X was the ideal bike to allow me to ride again due to its handlebar and front brake adjustment position. A brilliant bike.
However I was wiped out by a car on the date above by a car. Resulting in the loss of the CG125, a 6 week stay in hospital, 6 breaks in my lower leg,knee and ankle and foot degloved. Now in a wheelchair and starting to use crutches. My lower leg is in a external fixator frame(Ilizarov frame) probably for another 6 to 9 months. Therefore the CB500X is laid up for a while.  I'LL BE BACK...Safe riding.

Heal well and heal fast.That's some really nasty luck you've had.I hope it's better when you return to riding.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Tod. on October 28, 2016, 12:58:38 PM
Bloody hell Dan! That looks gruesome. Hope it all heals back quickly.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Nortoon on October 28, 2016, 03:58:03 PM
35 pages! I guess there are a lot of mature riders here.

I scanned the pages and realized I had not revealed my age. After a 25 year hiatus from motorcycling, I bought my 2013 CB500XA in May 2014 as a 68th birthday present. It now has over 33,000 happy kilometers (20,500 miles) on it.

I prepped it for winter storage a couple of days ago because the forecast was for 12 hours of snow. While I was working on it, one of my silver topped neighbours stopped to chat when he saw me in the garage. I live on a street of retirees. He mentioned he was envious of me being able to ride a motorcycle. I replied, I was thankful at my age to have the good health to still be able to ride all day.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Lazy Rider on October 28, 2016, 05:35:07 PM
*Originally Posted by Nortoon [+]
I guess there are a lot of mature riders here.

Hey, I plan on being immature for a good many more years despite my age.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: hilldweller on October 28, 2016, 08:48:48 PM
*Originally Posted by Lazy Rider [+]
Hey, I plan on being immature for a good many more years despite my age.

Like it.

Growing old is automatic, growing up is optional.

Want to feel like a teenager again, jump on an X.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Muffin on October 29, 2016, 12:57:09 AM
I'll just, uuuh, take my 27 years of life experiences and sit in the corner over there  :026:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: gmike on October 29, 2016, 02:02:49 AM
Want to feel like a teenager again, jump on an X.


Bingo !!
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: MichaelCM on October 29, 2016, 04:41:10 AM
I'm 65 and just started out on this bike riding thing, got my licence at 63. Another Ulysses Club member and am a bit on the young side at meetings :)

People ask how long I have owned my old BMW so I answer "I learnt to  ride on it".

Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Lazy Rider on October 29, 2016, 04:40:44 PM
Now, THAT is a cool riding outfit.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: hilldweller on October 29, 2016, 04:47:21 PM
*Originally Posted by Lazy Rider [+]
Now, THAT is a cool riding outfit.

It is isn't it, fits the bike perfectly.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Rocker66 on October 30, 2016, 11:21:33 AM
*Originally Posted by Dan Gurney [+]
62 in a few weeks time. Bought CB500X new in May this year. Reason I settled for this bike is I had a nasty bike crash in 2003 which resulted in a Brachial Plexus injury to my right shoulder.This meant most of the functionality in my shoulder,right arm, hand was destroyed. But after lots of surgery I gained enough functionality to allow me to start riding a CG125(see profile pic) in 2010, which I had been doing on a daily basis until 26th July this year. The CB500X was the ideal bike to allow me to ride again due to its handlebar and front brake adjustment position. A brilliant bike.
However I was wiped out by a car on the date above by a car. Resulting in the loss of the CG125, a 6 week stay in hospital, 6 breaks in my lower leg,knee and ankle and foot degloved. Now in a wheelchair and starting to use crutches. My lower leg is in a external fixator frame(Ilizarov frame) probably for another 6 to 9 months. Therefore the CB500X is laid up for a while.  I'LL BE BACK...Safe riding.
Love your spirit. I used the CB500X to get me back on the road as well. during nearly 54 years riding I have twice had to come back from serious injury and this time when asked why I wanted to get back on the bike I replied "Because it is what I do". I hope that you heal soon and carry on enjoying your motorcycling
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Hap on October 30, 2016, 12:34:09 PM
I bought a Harley Trike three years ago because I felt I was getting old to handle two wheels.  The Trike is an excellent machine for putting miles down the road.  I got the itch to buy a light weight bike to goof around with on the dirt roads and side roads around my area.  I found the CB500x And bought it.  Wow this thing is fun and I feel younger already.  I am 60 and will retire in about 6 months.  I put the Trike away for the winter but still ride this everyday.  Very cool bike and I too had several 1200 Gs along the way and those were  great machines just to tall and heavy for what I do with it. I am very excited to see what I can do with riding this new toy!
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: hilldweller on October 30, 2016, 01:15:07 PM
*Originally Posted by Hap [+]
Wow this thing is fun and I feel younger already.

Love it.

If they offered them on our National Health Service they would empty half the wards.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Bat7 on October 31, 2016, 02:22:21 AM
72 last June. Started riding again in 2013 after 40 years. After graduating from high school in 1962 bought a Honda C50 to commute to college. Wasn't ready for college so joined USAF. Parents got rid of it while I was in SEA. Upon return to USA in 1970 bought 1969 Yamaha YR2C 350cc street scrambler. High-sided in March 1970 resulting in a few days in hospital for repair of orbital fracture with Teflon implant. A couple of months later high-sided again resulting in fully torn right rotator cuff which has never been repaired. After discharge in June 1970 traded Yamaha for a 1970 Suzuki t5OO Titan which I rode cross-country a couple of times without incident. Sold it in 1973. Fast forward to 2013, passed MSF course. Due to spinal fusion decided comfort and light weight were high priority when choosing next bike--ended up with Yamaha Virago 250 which I rode to Rolling Thunder a month later. In 2014 rode Virago from Rochester NY to Bellingham WA via Oregon Trail and Yellowstone. Going over Lookout Pass on I90 was a bit of a challenge, I must admit. Started looking for something more suitable that was also comfortable and light enough to be manageable. Then in June at Americade did test ride of CBX twice. Bought a white 2014 in August. Took a trip to Vermont which confirmed it was the right choice.
Mick
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: bones on October 31, 2016, 12:35:08 PM
hi defender.
I am a born again biker and 56 soon but riding my x makes me feel 20 again,i have had 8 bikes over the years and i think wants   biking is  in the blood you never get rid of that rush you had with your first bike . maybe not my first bike as that was a FS1E Yamaha 50cc ha ha.

Bones....
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Nortoon on October 31, 2016, 01:41:00 PM
*Originally Posted by bones [+]
Biking is in the blood you never get rid of that rush you had with your first bike. Maybe not my first bike as that was a FS1E Yamaha 50cc ha ha.
Bones

My first bike in 1966 was a 100cc Yamaha 2-stroke twin. Called a "twin tin" by Honda 90 riders because of it tinny duel exhaust note. I was so excited my younger brother had to ride it home with me on the back.

(https://www.cb500x.com/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=392.0;attach=10646;image)

My motorcycle buddies and I referred to that rush as "bike fever". It was particularly bad in the spring after a long, cold winter. There is no cure for it, although we tried by buying bigger and faster motorcycles.

I rode for 23 years. I sold my last motorcycle, a 1982 Honda Aspencade Goldwing, in 1989 as Penny was no longer interested and I was deeply involved in a number of sports and a new device called the "home computer".

24 years later on a Saturday morning in the fall of 2013 a friend and I attended a vintage motorcycle show. The sight of all those BSAs, Triumphs and Nortons brought the buzz back. However the sticker shock of a new Triumph Bonneville started me looking around.

In the winter I negotiated a good deal on a new 2013 CB500XA, and had the dealer store it until my 68th birthday in May 2014. Over the last 3 summers I have ridden over 33,000 happy kilometers (20,500 miles) on twisty back roads.
 :046:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Wombat on October 31, 2016, 04:09:28 PM
I'll be 70 in a few months, and have been riding since I was 17. I've owned 18 bikes over the years and just bought my CB500X recently when my 78 Yamaha XS650 finally started to show it's age and make occasional funny noises. I don't ride as far as I once did but I still love getting out on the bike and exploring back roads. The 500 could use a little more power sometimes but if I'd had this bike when I started riding back in the 60s I would have thought I'd died and gone to heaven LOL.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: TheDirger on October 31, 2016, 04:14:18 PM
61 next birthday. Passed my test earlier this year. Bought a new CB500X and have been loving every minute of it. I took it over to Ireland to see a mate in Summer and it was absolutely superb. Its economical, has all the power I need (and looks good too"). Brilliant.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: bones on November 03, 2016, 06:27:13 PM
thank you nortoon.
nice bit of history and a tidy looking bike for its day. I have had a few two strokes over the years a bit more work on them as decokeing had to be done. but all part of the fun.
thank you nortoon happy biking.

Bones....
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Nortoon on November 04, 2016, 03:29:37 AM
My favourite 2-stroke was a 1971 Yamaha 350cc R5. I bought a set of lower bars, and mounted them upside-down like clip-ons. It would cruise the highway at 80 MPH without breaking a sweat, and top out at 103 MPH.

With every oil change, I would remove the carbon from the heads and tops of the pistons with a brass wire brush in an electric drill. A new set of copper head gaskets and clean spark plugs was all that was required for a major tune up.

I put 10,000 miles on it in one year. When I sold it, it looked so factory fresh the chap paid my asking price without haggling.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: bones on November 04, 2016, 05:11:55 PM
hi nortoon.
brill bike. I had many years ago a Yamaha rd 350cc great bike for handling a bit heavy on the petrol but she ran well.i did the same as yourself re decoke.and had the crush copper gaskets and  I had two triple burn n.g.k plugs which gave the bike a bit more exselaration. happy days hay.you could do a lot of your own service work then a lot more complex now
Bones....
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Britchris on November 04, 2016, 05:39:36 PM
I had a succession of Yamaha 2-strokes in the late '70's, early '80's.
RD250B, RD250E, RD250LC and an RD350LC.
...funnest bikes I ever owned....easy to service and maintain...very narrow powerbands but they all would fly......
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Defender on November 04, 2016, 11:45:18 PM
Hi guys, I'm still alive and amazed this thread is still going strong. Shows the broad appeal of the X. There is an accumulated wealth of experience shared here, and new tricks for the old dogs from the younger members, who may be encouraged by the number of biking years they have ahead of them. It may also convince the doubters that motorcycling is not an inherently dangerous pastime, we don't all die young, but it does require skill. It is in the blood, and once you've got the fever, it's for life.
         Ride safely, and take care out there. You're too precious to lose.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: hilldweller on November 05, 2016, 09:56:45 AM
*Originally Posted by Defender [+]
It is in the blood, and once you've got the fever, it's for life.

Pity we don't have a "like" button. I would have pressed it.

You will read in here so many times, me included, "I had kids and left bikes for X years then got back on and the big grin is back".

Got to feel sorry for our Canadian friends, 6 months on, 6 months off, that's tough.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: rav819 on November 05, 2016, 03:10:31 PM
greetings.....the shorter riding season just means that we have to ride more and faster.....and we have the longer days to help us maximize our saddle time.....very soon though it will be too cold and the bike will just have to go into winter hibernation....but I keep holding off hoping for another ride.....and then I will just have to switch to skiing until the roads are clear again.....happy riding all
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Muttley on November 06, 2016, 07:42:48 PM
Hi Defender. Great to hear from you after so long, and that you still pop into the  forum niw and then.
Hope you and your partner are doing well.
M
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Pocketpete on November 15, 2016, 03:08:05 PM
52 and counting.

Had many big bikes in the past but I like the x better than most of my previous bikes. It's simply brakes well, handles fine, is economic cheap to run, cheap insurance. Looks better than it actually is.

Honda made a much better bike than they were expecting for the price totally by accident I think.

It's no rolls Royce but a tough cheeky bike.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Nortoon on November 16, 2016, 03:18:36 PM
*Originally Posted by rav819 [+]
The shorter riding season just means that we have to ride more. Very soon though it will be too cold and the bike will just have to go into winter hibernation. But I keep holding off hoping for another ride.

I put my bike away November 3rd, buy maybe I shouldn't had. Over the last few weeks there have been a number of sunny days with highs of 55F (13C) or better. Very unusual weather here for this time of year. Ordinarily Remembrance Day (November 11) is just above the freezing point with a bone chilling rain.

I think because Canadians endure long winters, we appreciate summer more.

Winter is the reason we are so fanatic about hockey. Hockey Night in Canada was the original "Reality TV" program! We've been watching it on Saturday night since TVs were black and white, had one channel, and stopped broadcasting at midnight.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: cheshire lad on November 27, 2016, 08:41:30 AM
I'll have to hold my hands up, I'm another one. 70 next month and a lifetime of biking behind me, from 16 to present day. The bikes are getting smaller tho' just like me! Ted R.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: cheshire lad on December 01, 2016, 01:02:39 AM
Hello to all the other oldies out there. I'll be 70 next month and have just bought a CB500X as a downsize to previous mounts. I am pleasantly impressed 'cos it doesn't feel like a smaller bike to me. Looking forward to a few rides in the Peak District and North Wales on the by-roads, when the weather improves. Ted R.
     
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Defender on December 01, 2016, 11:36:56 AM
Hi Ted,
If your meanderings take you as far as the Lleyn Peninsula, and you feel in need of a brew stop, give us a call. I can't ride anymore but can still make a brew for a  brother biker.
That goes for anyone  else passing my door to explore this beautiful part of the country.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: hilldweller on December 01, 2016, 03:10:39 PM
*Originally Posted by cheshire lad [+]
Looking forward to a few rides in the Peak District and North Wales on the by-roads, when the weather improves. Ted R.

The X is just perfection for those roads, one of my first trips was to the Horseshoe Pass and I know most Peak District roads very well, like you looking forward to better weather thought today was a perfectly good day for a ride. We should meet up some nice day.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: lenny on December 01, 2016, 08:38:02 PM
 :189:56 myself but they say constant fear makes you look older !!! :159:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: cheshire lad on December 02, 2016, 09:52:27 AM
Hello to all,
    On a good day with a fair wind I'll have a ride out with you Brian and anyone else who fancies tagging along. It's more fun riding in a small group as I used to do with my mates in Sale but one has bought a canal boat (bit slower than a bike) another a static caravan and one has given up all together. So that was the end of that, but as one door closes another one opens. I'll see you on a fine day. Ted R. 
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: hilldweller on December 02, 2016, 10:26:17 AM
*Originally Posted by cheshire lad [+]
I'll see you on a fine day. Ted R.

It's a deal !
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: John B on December 12, 2016, 11:22:57 AM
I have just bought (not yet collected, or even ridden) a 2014 CB500x, aged 57. First bike (or car) for 25 years, due to having lived in places where parking is a problem and public transport excellent. Purpose of bike is partly to see more of Britain.

I have done a fair few miles on two wheels, in the more distant past. I recently took a days course with Kevin Williams (http://www.survivalskilss.co.uk (http://www.survivalskilss.co.uk)) partly to ensure I am not too rusty. A great one-to-one instructor, by the way, who has had some interesting disagreements with IAM and is one of the people behind the "No Surprise? No Accident!" initiative. I booked  a rental CB500X for the training day, and HGB Motorcycles were unable to provide it on the day, so I got a 125: I am now looking forward to my first ride on the CB500X next week. Rejected the NC750 idea because hip problems mean I am better off on a light, narrow bike.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: hilldweller on December 12, 2016, 12:57:26 PM
*Originally Posted by John B [+]
so I got a 125: I am now looking forward to my first ride on the CB500X next week.

I keep saying ( well boring olde fartes do ) "it feels like a 125". A bit of an exaggeration but it's so well balanced it's as easy to ride and not far off mpg wise. You want more of UK, easy, but even better if you head south to better weather and less congested roads in mainland EU.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Tod. on December 13, 2016, 06:49:35 AM
Heading over to France was usually cheaper and quicker than heading back to Wales from Essex. That trip is 225miles and it's only 73 to the Eurotunnel and less than £30 return. The coffee is a damn sight better as well as the empty roads.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: John B on December 13, 2016, 07:07:25 AM
Maybe one for the spring / summer. I travel often to the Alps but not sure if my hips are up to doing it by bike. It would be fun to ride far enough to buy a coffee for Ted Simon, who is living in France.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Mel111 on December 13, 2016, 09:17:27 AM
CB500x Members Trip to France Next year Anyone? :084:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: hilldweller on December 13, 2016, 10:02:34 AM
*Originally Posted by Mel111 [+]
CB500x Members Trip to France Next year Anyone? :084:

Near impossible to organise - number - when - how long - where - tent - hotel ?

I've have the need ( "need for speed", best bit of Top Gun ) to make it to the MotoGP in Barcelona June 11.

This year I did Jerez, 4 of us, hotels, great. Then I did, Italy, different 4, overnight hotel in Germany, tent Italy and I really did not enjoy my first attempt at biking and camping, so said never again.

A couple of years ago 12 of us did the Nurburgring, 5 days in biker friendly hotel, very hard to organise. Magnificent area. I did a single €27 lap of it on a 650 Strom.

Many years ago me and wife did a few days in Chamonix in Sept, that was a huge success because the weather was just perfect. That was 2 stops each way and a few nights in Chamonix in the Vallee Blanche.

No harm in talking about it.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Nortoon on December 13, 2016, 03:04:50 PM
*Originally Posted by hilldweller [+]
This year I did Jerez, 4 of us, hotels, great. Then I did, Italy, different 4, overnight hotel in Germany, tent Italy and I really did not enjoy my first attempt at biking and camping, so said never again.

A couple of years ago 12 of us did the Nurburgring, 5 days in biker friendly hotel, very hard to organise. Magnificent area. I did a single €27 lap of it on a 650 Strom.

In 1982 I was the President of a 150 member motorcycle touring club. We attended the rallies of the other clubs in the province on holiday weekends. As I knew the holiday traffic was going to be a problem, I encouraged the members to travel in small groups of 2 or 3 bikes with riders of their own skill set and riding habits. Our members remarked how much better it was than riding in large groups.

Most of the time this involved camping which was fun around the campfire after days end. But after one rainy weekend, Penny and I learned that we preferred the amenities of a motel. So we would pitch a small tent which we would use during the day. But after the campfire was out, we would slink away to our motel room that we had booked before leaving home. One of the reasons owning a quiet Goldwing was a blessing.

Although we would often have more than 50 members at these events, there were no problems on the highways as we road in small groups. Actually Penny and I realized that we preferred to ride alone, rather than travel on somebody else's schedule and restaurant preferences.

Probably one of the reasons I still prefer to ride solo, unless I am showing someone the motorcycle friendly roads in the area. At my breakfast or lunch stops there are usually bikers to talk to. Most ride large motorcycles, so they are curious about the CB500X. The part I like is when I tell them it was $6800 out the door. That usually results in dropped jaws.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: hilldweller on December 13, 2016, 03:23:58 PM
*Originally Posted by Nortoon [+]
so they are curious about the CB500X. The part I like is when I tell them it was $6800 out the door. That usually results in dropped jaws.

I like your idea about small groups, 12 was quite a snake and of course it also promotes a race. They were 11 nutters totally abusing the speed limits, had we been caught it would have been mighty expensive. Of course you'll say/think "well no-one forced you to keep up" and you are right but I was the oldest and on the smallest bike, a 650 Strom, and it was my pride at stake, "can I keep up with these kids ?" so I did. I was amazed how that Strom could be pushed round corners. There were few 1200GSs, an R1000RR in fact most 1000 or over.

Those guys amazed at the price of the X would have called you liar if they'd had a ride on it but you know that.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Muttley on December 14, 2016, 11:04:51 AM
 Could well be interested in a trip to France as long as it's not camping. Too old for that.
M
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Mel111 on December 14, 2016, 05:47:11 PM
Re trip to France..keeping it to a small group is great because I don't think 20 people would turn up to go to France all on the same day all at the same time and stick to it. The idea is, keep it casual and keep it simple. I'm too old and too knackered to camp so would look at B&Bs, Formula 1's,  Novotels etc. As it happens I have a relative who runs a biker friendly B&B called Two Wheeled Moorings (check their website out) close to Luxembourg/France border. I'm assuming most people like me, who would like to go, are retired or self employed, so they can choose their time of travel. If I was going to go and had a choice of things that i would like to do, it would be Good a/b roads not motorways, history of the area, good food, good conversation and a good bed. Ride Safe Mel.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: hilldweller on December 14, 2016, 06:46:17 PM
This is the wrong place to discuss a trip, the discussion will just fragment. I've just started France 2017. Toss your ideas into the hat ( Helmet ) there.

Small chance of success but lets at least talk about it.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: motogp on December 19, 2016, 02:19:51 AM
Yup, over 60 here, had a huge Kawa dirt bike in the 80's, sold it (before I died), got my license last year after the MSF safety course. Found a new '14 CBx an hour away at a dealer.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: John B on December 19, 2016, 09:17:23 AM
So here is an old-sounding moan from a new CB500X owner. Picked up my CB500X bought on ebay yesterday, and feel like using the thread to talk like an old guy!

The ride from Canterbury to Watford was not pleasant. In some places on the M2/M25 you are wind-buffeted in the middle of 7 lanes going in three directions. The multiple lanes, and the doubled capacity of Dartford Tunnel since last time I rode it, do not allow more space: on the contrary things have got worse. Traffic is far too tightly packed to really be safe, even on Sunday afternoon.

I guess that is the only realistic route to the Continent? If so, I cannot see myself making a France trip.I agree French roads, unlike English ones, are no too over-populated for enjoyable riding. However, the problem is getting to the border! Traveling  from the Kent coast was a ride I would prefer not to repeat.

Mixed feelings about the bike, which I had not ridden before, after two hours on the motorway. It is well mannered, apart from the lack of front suspension, is (as everyone says) subject to wind buffetting, is all but impossible for me (with hip problems) to get on and off at any rate with luggage attached, a situation which is worsened by the fact you feel the side stand cannot be trusted when standing on the peg. Still, the bike is mainly well mannered, the performance adequate, and the lack of rawness of feel is a good thing if it goes with reliability.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: hilldweller on December 19, 2016, 10:39:46 AM
*Originally Posted by John B [+]
is (as everyone says) subject to wind buffetting,

Not me, I'm constantly correcting people who say this. It's good in the wind, it's the rider who moves it.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Mel111 on December 19, 2016, 11:00:56 AM
No buffeting here either! Don't fight it, Just relax your arms. Ride Safe Mel
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Tod. on December 19, 2016, 11:40:16 AM
I use my CB500X to commute over the QE11 bridge and back through the Dartford tunnels every day. Worst traffic in the UK. But you get used to it, and end up carving through the traffic like a dispatch rider. 😎
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: John B on December 19, 2016, 12:47:56 PM
To clarify my complaint about wind bufetting, the bike is stable at speed, and near big trucks. Surprisingly so, and I would give the bike very good marks in that area.

What I meant was that wind exposure on the body is what you expect when riding a naked bike with upright riding position. I am not sure the small fairing does much to make motorway work on a (fairly mild) winter day more comfortable or less noisy, though I cannot know that without taking it off. Might try the Givi screen.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: hilldweller on December 19, 2016, 01:59:18 PM
*Originally Posted by John B [+]
What I meant was that wind exposure on the body is what you expect when riding a naked bike

Now we get the picture. I must say, with the 2016 screen on my 2015 I'm happy enough.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Mel111 on December 19, 2016, 02:42:32 PM
Madstad with winglets, Ton-up on motorways with flip front helmet in raised position all good here. Ride Safe
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Nortoon on December 20, 2016, 12:46:58 AM
There is a 76 page thread about wind blast, buffeting, and wind noise entitled "Windscreen Options". It's something as motorcyclists that we have to deal with. To date we have not found a solution that suits everyone. It depends on your height, where and how you ride, and the speed at which you do so. But there are solutions available. I would start with page 76 and read backwards.

If you are going to ride busy freeways on a motorcycle, you are probably not ever going to feel comfortable. Nor should you. When I got any near Toronto, Ontario with my any of my cars it was unpleasant because of the noise and speeding traffic. Before I retired, rush hours here in Ottawa were no better.

Buy I don't ride there. My rides are on back roads during the week, when and where there is very little traffic. But even then I had to buy a tall California Scientific windscreen because of my height to lessen the windblast, and wear 3M E-A-Rsoft yellow neon ear plugs to reduce the wind noise to a comfortable and healthy noise level.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: amysdadbob on December 31, 2016, 12:25:47 PM
Hi Defender - 65 in June '17. Need my pension before I can pull the trigger, but preparing everyone now that it's going to happen. [Told the wife 'I'm getting a bike again, she just said 'NO''].  Disappointed with responses from most friends and family who don't ride, and agree with this guy www.50ish.org/lifestyle/born-again-bikers . Older men just don't seem to be allowed to have any fun. 'Midlife Crisis' they say. 'What crisis?' I say - 'I'm going to enjoy myself'. 'Dangerous' they say. 'So is depression' I say. 'Do not go gentle..........' etc. Very worthwhile thread.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: uku383 on December 31, 2016, 12:46:16 PM
Bob, you'll wear her down. The goal is to get her on the back for a casual ride to the local cafe, then before you know it she'll get the bug and be demanding that you buy an FJ for her comfort. Well, here's hoping ....
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: hilldweller on December 31, 2016, 12:59:55 PM
*Originally Posted by amysdadbob [+]
she just said 'NO''. 

They all say that Sir.

You are 65, the clock is ticking and you've already left it too late. It WILL make a big positive difference to your life, just do it. What have you worked all your life for, to be miserable, to be bored, to stagnate ? I'll be 73 very soon and I'm scheming on The Big Trip of 2017. I've already booked MACH 2 which looks a nice starter to look forwards to. 2016 brought me 8000 miles and 8 countries, I want MORE. The brilliant little X wants MORE, much MORE.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: John B on December 31, 2016, 03:47:28 PM
*Originally Posted by amysdadbob [+]
she just said 'NO''

It is difficult if partner does not support our enthusiasms for motorcycle / sailing boat / fill in blank, as she / he cannot just be ignored. Nevertheless, you are quite a bit younger than Ted Simon was when he started his second round the world tour. I don't really have the fitness for that, though I am under 60. In a way, Ted's decision to do the first round the world could be seen as more irresponsible because he was at the height of a career. Most of us at 65 are giving up a lost less than guys in the 30s or 40s who go touring.

BTW Ted Simon's books are inspiring. The greatest motorcycle touring book ever is, however, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Nortoon on December 31, 2016, 03:55:16 PM
*Originally Posted by uku383 [+]
Bob, you'll wear her down. The goal is to get her on the back for a casual ride to the local cafe, then before you know it she'll get the bug and be demanding that you buy an FJ for her comfort.

That sounds familiar. Despite my new bride's protests, two years after getting married I bought a used 1971 BSA Lightning.

(https://www.cb500x.com/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=392.0;attach=11349;image)

That winter I took it all apart, except the transmission, and overhauled it. The first warm Sunday in the spring I went for a long ride and came back at supper time.

The next Sunday she asked to go for a ride around the block. As I heard no squawking, we went for a long ride for ice cream cones. Every Sunday after that she was on the back.

(https://www.cb500x.com/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=392.0;attach=11351;image)

Two years later she conned me into buying a Goldwing Aspencade. We rode that bike for 7 years until I sold it and took a 25 year hiatus from motorcycling.

On my 68th birthday, despite protests from the boss, I bought my CB500XA. She is no longer interested in riding. But over the last three summers I have ridden over 33,000 happy kilometers on my new bike, and am looking forward to doing the same next summer.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: CB-500-X on December 31, 2016, 07:46:05 PM
Thats awesome Nortoon  :152:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: UnmzldOx on January 02, 2017, 01:44:15 AM
Love the history, Nortoon. There's a Honda dealer in St Louis, MO with a number of BSAs in his side museum. I had not seen or heard of one before my visit there last year. Nice touch bringing the wife along over time. It's her choice, but patience helps.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: cheshire lad on January 02, 2017, 09:33:38 AM
Ox, Every biker in Britain of a certain age has owned a BSA at some time. From a  125 Bantam to a Rocket 3, 750. Have a good look on Google at Birmingham Small Arms. Some company in it's day. Then if you can find a good one, buy it. Ride safe. Ted R. :001:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Rocker66 on January 02, 2017, 12:52:49 PM
*Originally Posted by UnmzldOx [+]
Love the history, Nortoon. There's a Honda dealer in St Louis, MO with a number of BSAs in his side museum. I had not seen or heard of one before my visit there last year. Nice touch bringing the wife along over time. It's her choice, but patience helps.
At one time BSA was one of the biggest manufactures of bikes in the world. I myself started out on a BSA C15 a 250cc single
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Rocker66 on January 02, 2017, 01:02:06 PM
Reading previous post regarding negative responses from wives and families to the idea of people buying motorcycles makes me realise how lucky I am to have had had a father who rode. When I asked him as I was approaching my 16th birthday if I could have a bike it would have been hard for him to say no when I was standing in front of his motorcycling trophies . Also I fell in love with and eventually a young lady who loves bikes as much as I do.
As I approach my 70th birthday and my wife her 69th we are both still riding me on on a 2016 CB500X and her on a 2016 CB500F. Bikes have been a big part of our lives as neither of us has ever held a car licence
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Rocker66 on January 02, 2017, 05:29:58 PM
*Originally Posted by UnmzldOx [+]
Love the history, Nortoon. There's a Honda dealer in St Louis, MO with a number of BSAs in his side museum. I had not seen or heard of one before my visit there last year. Nice touch bringing the wife along over time. It's her choice, but patience helps.
There are strong rumours of the revival of the BSA name by Mahindra
https://www.bennetts.co.uk/bikesocial/news-and-views/news/2016/october/new-bsa-within-two-years-as-mahindra-buy-also-jawa
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: sbeadg on January 02, 2017, 10:08:47 PM
*Originally Posted by Rocker66 [+]
Reading previous post regarding negative responses from wives and families to the idea of people buying motorcycles makes me realise how lucky I am to have had had a father who rode. When I asked him as I was approaching my 16th birthday if I could have a bike it would have been hard for him to say no when I was standing in front of his motorcycling trophies . Also I fell in love with and eventually a young lady who loves bikes as much as I do.
As I approach my 70th birthday and my wife her 69th we are both still riding me on on a 2016 CB500X and her on a 2016 CB500F. Bikes have been a big part of our lives as neither of us has ever held a car licence
Thanks for sharing, Rocker.
I had quite the opposite experience, unfortunately.  Although a friend used to ride me around on the back of a Vespa and later a CB160, my parents were dead set against me getting any kind of 2 wheeled vehicle.  During my senior year, a classmate was killed on his Vespa when the school bus ran over him. - That ended the conversation.
I was 26 before I got my first bike, a black R75/5 with touring tank, Windjammer fairing and bags.  I rode that bike from the Atlantic to the Pacific, down the CA coast highway and sold it there (I needed money at the time and that was the easiest way to get it.  For years afterward, I would dream I would go down to a basement or garage and there it would be in a corner)
I didn't start riding again until my son announced that he wanted to take a semester off from college and ride a bike cross country.  A part of me said "yes!".  That was the part that co-signed a loan so he could buy a K100RS, which he did ride to the west coast - and back.  When he left it in the garage, I took it occasionally at first to do errands and keep the battery charged.  That was 6 years ago, 35 years after selling the Beemer. Since then I've logged about 70k miles on 4 bikes ('90 K100LT, '11 650 Vstrom, '09 XT250 - all sold and my current stable: '16 XA and an '07 Guzzi Breva750).  I'm 67 and hope to be riding for another 20 years - at least.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: craig2148 on January 03, 2017, 11:32:05 PM
Just hit 60 last September. Got my first motorcycle in 1970 and haven't been off of them since.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: cheshire lad on January 04, 2017, 09:06:59 AM
Hi Nortoon, Great looking Beeza, bet you wish you still had it. I had a '69 Lightning with Goldie silencers, what a noise that made. Neighbours loved it when I was on the early shift. Worth 4 or 5 thousand now I think. Still, this 500X is some bike in it's own right. Ride safe.   Ted R.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: charliejorr on January 04, 2017, 01:43:25 PM
Hi, I came to motorcycling late (65) - result of a very bad mountainbiking accident which left me a bit less flexible than before - I've joined this forum because from what I can see from research the 500x seems to tick a lot of boxes for me - I am currently riding a Suzuki Van Van on CBT and loving it both on and a Wee bit off road. The one thing that concerns me a bit about moving up to the X is the increase in weight for rolling it about getting it in and out of the hut and so forth. It would be good to know how you fellow 'oldies' get on with that
Cheers
Charlie
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Rocker66 on January 04, 2017, 04:07:24 PM
*Originally Posted by charliejorr [+]
Hi, I came to motorcycling late (65) - result of a very bad mountainbiking accident which left me a bit less flexible than before - I've joined this forum because from what I can see from research the 500x seems to tick a lot of boxes for me - I am currently riding a Suzuki Van Van on CBT and loving it both on and a Wee bit off road. The one thing that concerns me a bit about moving up to the X is the increase in weight for rolling it about getting it in and out of the hut and so forth. It would be good to know how you fellow 'oldies' get on with that
Cheers
Charlie
I'm a few weeks off my 70th birthday and have a serious injury to my right foot which is why I had to sell my bigger bikes. I have no problems manouvering the CB500X. Maybe a dealer would let you try for yourself
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Britchris on January 04, 2017, 06:59:52 PM
*Originally Posted by Rocker66 [+]
I'm a few weeks off my 70th birthday and have a serious injury to my right foot which is why I had to sell my bigger bikes. I have no problems manouvering the CB500X. Maybe a dealer would let you try for yourself

I'm a youngster,just about to turn 57. I have two bad knees, a bad back and am in need of shoulder surgery.(Too much Rugby).
I don't have any problems wheeling  the CB500X about. It is fairly light and well balanced.
For me,the trick is to just take my time with it.
YMMV
Chris C
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Bat7 on January 05, 2017, 02:35:28 AM
My biggest concern in trading my Virago 250 for a CB500X was how well I would be able to handle the increased 100 pounds or so of weight, due to my age (72), a spinal fusion and a fully torn right rotator cuff which severely limits my ability to do any heavy or even moderate lifting. While the extra weight is definitely noticeable, after 2100 miles on the 500 in about 4 months I am no longer concerned.
Mick
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Tod. on January 05, 2017, 08:17:52 AM
I had my rotator cuff and frozen shoulder operated on just over a year ago. It's fixed now, but I don't think I'll ever get the full strength back that I once enjoyed, but I think that's down to being 60. Never give up. This CB500X is nearly 100kgs lighter than my GRiSO was. That beast weighed 285kgs fully fuelled when we put it on a brake tester.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: charliejorr on January 05, 2017, 08:34:03 AM
Thanks guys for all your replies - Much appreciated
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: cheshire lad on January 05, 2017, 10:42:40 AM
Charlie, I sold my F800GT BMW in November 'cos it was getting to be too heavy for me at 70 and I had a triple bypass last year to boot. So I bought the 500X and have no regrets at all. Much lighter feel when moving it around (although only about 40 kilos lighter) but that's 90lbs. isn't it? Rides lighter too, much more nimble and usable. I wouldn't hesitate. 'GO AND GET ONE' before they've all gone.  :152: :047: Ride safe. Ted R.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: sbeadg on January 05, 2017, 11:46:16 AM
*Originally Posted by cheshire lad [+]
Charlie, I sold my F800GT BMW in November 'cos it was getting to be too heavy for me at 70 and I had a triple bypass last year to boot. So I bought the 500X and have no regrets at all. Much lighter feel when moving it around (although only about 40 kilos lighter) but that's 90lbs. isn't it? Rides lighter too, much more nimble and usable. I wouldn't hesitate. 'GO AND GET ONE' before they've all gone.  :152: :047: Ride safe. Ted R.
That's a good testimony for Bat7.  He might get a used one if he's still uncertain. 
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: UnmzldOx on January 06, 2017, 02:09:06 AM
Thanks Cheshire, The Wikipedia and other BSA writeups are interesting and a bit sad. BSA was done by the time I reached mechanical consciousness. I will keep an eye out for other BSA museum  pieces, but I don't expect to see one on the road here in Harleyland.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Muttley on January 07, 2017, 06:30:24 PM
Hi Charlie
I am a few weeks from 70 and have owned my 13X from new. I am 6 foot tall and normally maneouvre my X seated as I can flat foot it easily, so I guess it depends how tall you are as to how easy that would be.  All you need is ti sit on it at a dealers. Apart from that the bike is brilliant for short blasts or long distance trips (I did 2,000 miles round France a couple of years ago). Go for it Bruv.
M
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Poppy on January 10, 2017, 01:32:12 AM
At 58 I'm just getting started here... First bike and just loving it! So much positive energy on this site, I know I made the right choice.
Hope to put up a lot of miles this spring/summer.
 :305:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: hilldweller on January 10, 2017, 10:22:56 AM
*Originally Posted by Poppy [+]
At 58 I'm just getting started here...

You've not even started, you're a kid.

Doesn't stop you enjoying it though. We're all panting for spring. Kids and olde fartes.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: andybeeone on January 10, 2017, 05:48:11 PM
I'm 53, out daily but still wanting spring to come.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Nortoon on January 10, 2017, 08:35:03 PM
Our winter is 6 months long, and my CB500XA has been sitting under a dust cover in my garage since the November. My 71st birthday on VE Day in May is 118 days away. That is the day I will probably get my first day long ride in.

Until then I work on installing radio control, battery power and sound in club member's large scale locomotives to pass the time. For (really) fresh air, sunshine (some days), and a little exercise I walk the local nature trail. That keeps me from suffering from Cabin Fever. Unfortunately today is windy, damp and snowing with a threat of freezing rain. This will be the first day in January I will not be able get outdoors, unless going to the dentist downtown counts. :125:
   
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: uku383 on January 11, 2017, 02:21:01 AM
*Originally Posted by Nortoon [+]
Unfortunately today is windy, damp and snowing with a threat of freezing rain. This will be the first day in January I will not be able get outdoors, unless going to the dentist downtown counts. :125:
 

Can't you start a snowball fight with a Harley rider?  :007:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Shanksponey on January 11, 2017, 02:29:16 AM
I got my first motorcycle licence last summer at the age of 70. Took a course to get my skills test and then rode a small 250cc cruiser for 4 months to get the full licence. I picked up my new CB500XA in November between rain storms so have a total of one day riding it as we have had the hardest winter in ages. You can imagine that I am looking forward to spring more than most. From my short time on the bike I think I made a great decision.
Anyone wanting to ride the Sunshine Coast snake please look me up in Gibsons BC. but don't expect me to set a fast pace.  :180:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Len Boyd on January 24, 2017, 05:22:55 PM
Hi folks just joined pick up  cb500x this sat  reg 2013
 I am68 years old feel fit retired plumber /biker
hope to up grade with rally raid kit
Then of to NZ  AUS   and the USA
then back to the UK
probably get to the coast and loose my nerve
watch this space
Len
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: John B on January 24, 2017, 05:46:39 PM
Wow. Best of luck. Are you planning to ride round the world, or freight the bike to NZ?
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Len Boyd on January 24, 2017, 06:02:48 PM
looking at shipping to NZ
Have not made any enquires yet as to how much
and how long it would take to NZ
then on to Aus etc.
early days yet little bit  nervous
but YO LO you only live once
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: cheshire lad on January 25, 2017, 08:48:08 AM
Len Boyd, You'll be a legend in my book if all that takes place. An adventure of a lifetime I should think. Would it not be cheaper though to rent a 500X in NZ, then one in OZ and finally in the good ol' USA. Taking into account shipping, breakdowns, the high mileage et al. Makes it the hire firm's problem then doesn't it? Whatever you do,  enjoy it and get back safely.  :152: Ted R.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Muddy on January 25, 2017, 11:44:26 AM
When I was down in NZ in the early 90s an English bloke I knew bought a cheap CB250 and sold it on, probably back to the same shop. You lose a bit on it, but if you're there for any length of time it'll be cheaper than renting and saves the hassle of shipping a bike. Just another option.

On a different note, I turned 60 last year and also plan a big trip. For me I'll be looking to travel around Central and Eastern Europe.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: ColoRider on February 05, 2017, 04:56:06 PM
Another oldie here at the young age of 72.  Been riding since my mid teens, but didn't get my first motorcycle until I was in my early 20's.   Started it all with a '67 Yamaha 305 Big Bear Scrambler.  Now, close to 50 bikes later, on a '15 Yamaha Super Tenere.   Hopefully will be adding a '17 CB500X ABS to the stable sometime this Spring!!

Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Defender on February 05, 2017, 07:57:26 PM
Hi and welcome, hope you have many more years of motorcycling ahead of you on an X. I 'm sure you'll love it.
Ride safe.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Len Boyd on February 05, 2017, 11:24:57 PM
Reporting in
Collected Cb500x from Honda dealer Norfolk used 20,000 miles
Next start ordering  Rally raid equipment to be fitted.
Looked at renting a bike in NZ /Australia and USA but general opinion if its  along trip better to ship
Also keen to set the bike up to my satisfaction before setting off in December all being well.
Now committed no turning back  YOLO.68 years old now or never.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: dmorris29 on February 18, 2017, 04:41:19 AM
I've been lurking around the forum for a few weeks, and as of this afternoon I can officially declare myself an Oldie CB500X owner.  66 years old, and I picked up a brand new 2016 ABS model this afternoon.  I enjoyed putting the first 30 miles on it in record-high temperatures.  75 degrees in mid-February in Lincoln, Nebraska.  Unheard of.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: ColoRider on February 18, 2017, 02:17:58 PM
*Originally Posted by dmorris29 [+]
I've been lurking around the forum for a few weeks, and as of this afternoon I can officially declare myself an Oldie CB500X owner.  66 years old, and I picked up a brand new 2016 ABS model this afternoon.  I enjoyed putting the first 30 miles on it in record-high temperatures.  75 degrees in mid-February in Lincoln, Nebraska.  Unheard of.

Congrats!  We had similar temps here in Sidney the day before.  Unfortunately, I'm still waiting for the title from the dealer in Colorado before I can go down and get plates on mine.  So it sits.......

Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: dmorris29 on February 18, 2017, 03:52:06 PM
*Originally Posted by ColoRider [+]
Congrats!  We had similar temps here in Sidney the day before.  Unfortunately, I'm still waiting for the title from the dealer in Colorado before I can go down and get plates on mine.  So it sits.......

Under Nebr law, you can legally ride/drive a newly purchased vehicle for 30 days after purchase without plates/title.  Just carry the bill of sale and your proof of insurance with you and get out and ride!
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: ColoRider on February 18, 2017, 06:18:01 PM
*Originally Posted by dmorris29 [+]
Under Nebr law, you can legally ride/drive a newly purchased vehicle for 30 days after purchase without plates/title.  Just carry the bill of sale and your proof of insurance with you and get out and ride!

Really???  Wonder why the gal didn't mention that at DMV when I stopped in yesterday to check on a temp permit.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: MtDiesel60 on April 17, 2017, 12:45:53 PM
60 here. Love this bike......makes me chuckle when some mention how "low end" this machine is. Beside the centrifugal clutch minibike , the first bike to ride for me was a Honda Minitrail 50. Then my friend's Honda 70, then a Honda 90. The first bike I actually owned was a Honda XL 125 (did 13000 statute miles that summer). Then went to an XL 250... had it bored to 298 with a racing cam and header....that thing would rip. By the way, the "dualsport "seats seemed much more comfortable then . Through the years have had various bikes including Goldwing, Suzuki DR650, Yamaha XVS 650. Through all of this the cb500x is the best handling, most comfortable ride in my opinion that is anything other than basic or entry level. I had been mostly out of the motorcycle game for many years.....but when I got on this bike, I simply felt immediately comfortable and confident ! Have had it for a few weeks now and have put almost 1000 miles on it even with the iffy weather up here at this time of year.......can't wait for the good riding weather. Have I said I love this machine?
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: eip on April 17, 2017, 04:08:54 PM
57 jaar, en ik rij nog iedere dag met de motor. mooi he.   :001:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: InquisitiveJ on April 19, 2017, 08:52:25 PM
Well, my current Ontario Canada licence plate was issued to me in 1977 at the tender age of 34, and has been in continuous use ever since. It now graces my 500X.
The rot truly set in however at age 12 in Britain. A trip round Europe with my Dad on his Vincent was all it took!
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: MtDiesel60 on April 20, 2017, 12:29:02 PM
Good show !
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: hilldweller on April 20, 2017, 01:06:59 PM
*Originally Posted by InquisitiveJ [+]
A trip round Europe with my Dad on his Vincent was all it took!

1953 - Vincent - Europe. Wow, a different world, they must have thought you were royalty on a Vincent. What a wonderful experience, no, an adventure. Crap roads, all the borders, all the currencies, all the languages.

I reckon you should repeat it on your Honda. Quite easy now.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Ro54 on May 16, 2017, 12:45:45 PM
Soon turning 63..Haven't been riding bikes since I was 16, but after renting a scooter with automatic down here in Thailand, I decided to get something else, both because I could not stand not having manual gearing, and to get some more power with my wife behind me.. First, I bought a 2016 CB300F a few month old, which we took a 220km trip with, but still there was something missing.. One day when I visited the dealer, there was a 500XA standing there. The  dealer said I could try it for a spin, and we ended up leaving the 300... A much better gearbox for the roads down here, and cars have a bit more respect. Now my wife keep talking about riding it back to Scandinavia in the future...but I have my doubts if she have read about Nepal..:-)
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: mogle on June 06, 2017, 01:44:24 AM
new member here--
new cb500x owner as well-will be 66 in july
by the way--love the bike!
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: UnmzldOx on June 10, 2017, 06:12:28 PM
MtDiesel60:
You mentioned the Trail 70 and Trail 90. That brings back memories. A lot of us skipped the middle age riding years and the bigger bikes that you had. It's good to know that we ended up in a good place with the X despite our ignorance of the other options. Coming from a 1979 Yam MX175 in my early 20s to the X in my 50s, I felt that same immediate comfort on the X. I stopped looking at the point. It' been great, but I sometimes wonder if I would have liked a Versys or FJ more. Your post makes me think not.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: ColoRider on June 10, 2017, 06:22:53 PM
*Originally Posted by mogle [+]
new member here--
new cb500x owner as well-will be 66 in july
by the way--love the bike!

Almost missed your intro buried in this thread!  Welcome aboard and congrats on the new CB500X!!!
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Hawkmoon57 on June 11, 2017, 04:07:09 PM
Hi, I'm a mere 59 but have just changed my bandit for a cb500x  with full luggage , so far I love it . It took,a bit of getting used to , as I didn't realise quite how much quicker the bandit was. For what I need this seems ideal , well chuffed
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: ColoRider on June 11, 2017, 04:56:18 PM
*Originally Posted by Hawkmoon57 [+]
Hi, I'm a mere 59 but have just changed my bandit for a cb500x  with full luggage , so far I love it . It took,a bit of getting used to , as I didn't realise quite how much quicker the bandit was. For what I need this seems ideal , well chuffed

Welcome to the forum and congratulations on the CB500X! 

I was 59 once......   a long time ago......   😉
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Ponzan on July 05, 2017, 02:48:15 AM
Just 60 here, the 500x was kind of my gift to myself, been raiding since my upper 20’s, couldn’t get a motorbike before, couldn´t get off after. Really liking this bike, is my little Grand Torino. I would only want to change it if they make the Africa Twin 500, with the double clutch (automatic), power assist and all the new electronic gizmos. I think they are great and you can turn them off if you dare. Too bad 1000cc is too much weight and bucks. Even this 500 I wish would be somewhat lighter and more off-road friendly (always had dual purpose bikes up to XR500, DR400) , but I’m loving it and can't ask more for the price.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: wotta on July 07, 2017, 01:25:51 PM
Picked up my 500x today.. previous bikes, DT250, CB400, GT550 ,  XT250... Now the 500x..my fist bike since I was about 30.. i got busy doing other things. Only 60.6 now.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: jsonder on July 07, 2017, 03:43:11 PM
wotta, keep your wits about you, but enjoy the motorbike. 

Riding in Bangkok can be a bit of a challenge from what I saw when I was briefly there.  You certainly have a more powerful bike than most, but the cars can still get you.

And, you are still a young fella from my perspective, as I'm 15 years older.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Oldandslow on August 08, 2017, 04:53:27 PM
I'm 78 years old and counting. I started riding (homemade scooter) when I was 14 years old, so 64 years on two wheels.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: AJC500 on August 08, 2017, 05:06:31 PM
*Originally Posted by Oldandslow [+]
I'm 78 years old and counting. I started riding (homemade scooter) when I was 14 years old, so 64 years on two wheels.

Hi, I started on scooters too - 1969, 16 years old, last of the mods!!

It had to be a Lambretta, that was the in thing, although Vespas were OK, they weren't 'cool' with our gang..... I had to buy my scooter from a guy in the year above me in school, a real hard-man, and I was sent down to see it and offer him £20 against the £25 he was asking for - never been so scared, but we settled on £23 pretty quickly!  It was in poor condition, but Dad was a mechanic and we resprayed it, and fixed it all up, and when I met the guy again, he couldn't believe how fantastic it looked.  I was OK with him from then on!!! 

It looked kinda like this, then I crashed it and we fitted a 175 engine and sprayed it all red like the second picture.  Wish I had photos of my actual scoots.....

(https://cdn.img.cb500x.com/01-lambretta125.jpg)

(https://cdn.img.cb500x.com/03-lambretta.jpg)

All of my other bikes are in my gallery.  Anyone else got any interesting old photos??
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Oldandslow on August 08, 2017, 07:50:30 PM
Here's my first ride (not mine, but looks like it). I put it together with parts I bought or were given to me. It is a late 1940's or early 1950's Cushman 60.

(https://cdn.img.cb500x.com/16860463457_1c67887502_b.jpg)

I couldn't find the engine cover so I rode it "naked" (the scooter)! :)
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: AJC500 on August 09, 2017, 09:20:01 AM
Cool!  The scooter, not riding naked.  :745:

We used to leave the side panels off, and were always getting pulled over by the cops, even although it wasn't illegal - I got a really hard time once, out in the country with nobody else around.  Real bully tactics! 

Fortunately, I had only recently shown all my documents at the police station, and managed to get the traffic cops to check with the office....... :016:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Hawkmoon57 on August 09, 2017, 08:15:57 PM
*Originally Posted by Defender [+]
Looks to me, reading the posts, that there seems to be a fair amount of more mature X riders out there. Be interesting to know how many over 60s we've got. So come on, don't be shy, own up & let's give the youngsters a run for their money. I'll admit to being 65, who'll join me.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Hawkmoon57 on August 09, 2017, 08:28:14 PM
60 years young in two weeks time , traded in a 600 bandit for the cb500 . Full luggage fitted , was originally a bit dissapointed when first bought but am now loving bike , takes some getting used to after a succession of fours . Like the fact that it's quite light , lack of low end torque is what you get with a twin , think this will do fine as I get older, not just for A2 licence holders , good for down grading to.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Defender on August 09, 2017, 10:57:03 PM
Wish you many years of happy xing Hawkmoon57
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: AJC500 on August 10, 2017, 09:28:11 AM
65 in May 2018 - pension day, although I have retired early anyway!! :001:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Honda on August 15, 2017, 04:41:00 AM
Just recently retired and looking at a cb 500x, has anyone compared it to the nc750x, any advice is appreciated
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: catstevecam on August 15, 2017, 08:49:48 AM
Hi Honda.
I made a direct comparison. Took the NC750 for an hour test drive and returned it with the underwhelming feeling that it just wasn't sufficiently 'bike-like' for me. Yes it does most things that I require a bike to do but when I rode the CB500X I had my faith in light, responsive bikes rekindled.
Essentially the CB500X does everything and with a slight change to the final drive gear ratio (bigger gearbox sprocket or smaller rear wheel sprocket) - the engine and road manners are fantastic.
If you can - try them both and see what works for you.
Steve
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Defender on August 15, 2017, 09:56:15 AM
Hi honda, have you tried the search facility on this forum. If not, give it a go while waiting for others to give more specific answers.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: hilldweller on August 16, 2017, 01:18:16 PM
*Originally Posted by Honda [+]
Just recently retired and looking at a cb 500x, has anyone compared it to the nc750x, any advice is appreciated

Loads of comments in here and surprisingly the 500X usually wins.

Do a search. I saw a YouTube group test which comprised 500X and 750 and again the 500 won.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: rhafe123 on September 26, 2017, 09:26:30 PM
Just got mine about a week ago. Sold my R1200GS (too big and heavy). I'll be 70 in Dec but I'm convinced there was a clerical error on my birth certificate. Ha!. I must admit that the number of people on cell phones while they are driving is a bit unnerving. However, throwing in the towel doesn't seem like an option, yet.......
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: TheGnome on October 03, 2017, 03:17:18 PM
I certainly don't feel "old" but I'll add my 52-year-old marker to this thread.  I also found that as a mature rider, I was looking for something with an upright riding position, and that was not too heavy or rambunctious.  The CB500X has been pretty close to perfect so far.

I do find that my hands start going numb after long periods on the highway; I'm thinking that something like this (https://www.throttlerocker.com) might help.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: jsonder on October 03, 2017, 08:42:26 PM
*Originally Posted by TheGnome [+]
I do find that my hands start going numb after long periods on the highway; I'm thinking that something like this (https://www.throttlerocker.com) might help.

Have you tried a foam cover that slips over the OEM grip, like Grip Puppies or Grab On grip covers? 

I took a throttle lock with me on a 3300 mile trip and never used it; they really help.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: SnowOwl on October 03, 2017, 08:45:59 PM
*Originally Posted by TheGnome [+]
I do find that my hands start going numb after long periods on the highway; I'm thinking that something like this (https://www.throttlerocker.com) might help.
There is a 4 page thread on hand numbness right here:
https://www.cb500x.com/index.php/topic,5479.0.html
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: kurth83 on October 03, 2017, 09:38:26 PM
Crampbuster is my solution to gripping a throttle.
I don't recommend them for higher powered bikes, but the cb500x is perfect for it.  They do interfere a little with hand warmers.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: macamxthe1st on October 04, 2017, 08:37:51 AM
If your glove or gloves are even slightly too tight, even on one finger they can cause nasty cramping or tingling problems. If it ain't the gloves then "Grip Puppies" and a relaxed grip on the bars should heip.

Geoff.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: TheGnome on October 04, 2017, 05:43:57 PM
Thanks for the advice; I'll go through the hand-numbness thread and then decide what I'm going to try.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: zoomnad on October 16, 2017, 12:57:32 AM
A young 67 this month which makes 51 years of riding! I'm a young mind trapped in an old body!
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: gmike on October 16, 2017, 05:15:49 AM
Just turned 73 here.....What was the question again ?
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Faddy Daddy on October 16, 2017, 05:19:36 AM
I'm a young 58, so somewhere around I dunno, like 45 or 46 years experience?
And for TheGnome, another vote for grip puppies - I used to use them on my little CBR, haven't had the need on the CBX yet, though did start some cramping the other day. I was curious about those throttle rockers, let me know if you try one and how it worked out.
Many years ago I had a throttle lock on an old Suzuki GS 850 I think it was, I actually loved that thing, especially for longer rides. It was a thumb activated lever you could pull down to clamp the throttle. I only used it to shake out my hand for a minute or two but it helped a lot. I have to laugh now as if I cut the throttle to shake out my hand my wife will invariably bang her helmet into mine :)
I'm also really happy with the CB500X. I was also considering a Versys as a local dealer had a really nice sale but recently read some articles or threads where people switched and missed the CB500X.
Almost reminds me of my very first bike, a Honda SL70... had sooooo much fun on that thing growing up!

One final comment, though I'm only 58, I think I do pretty good showing my age by rambling on and on aimlessly
 :455:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: cbpw500 on October 28, 2017, 10:11:34 AM
Well 61 come January -never been ill in my life .Just 1 gold filling, all the hair [ well most ] and teeth still my own .
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Superplasma on November 07, 2017, 04:29:27 PM
Just joined the site today, we have two Honda500, my wife rides as well, been riding for 60 years, me I am 80 and my wife is 76.

superplasma.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: BernieBolt on November 07, 2017, 05:42:02 PM
Hi.Had My CB500 for 2 years now,.I have done stage 1 R-Raid forks and rear shock, Love It keeps Me young ..72 next May..
                                 All The Best ..BernieBolt.. :821:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: dvorjan on November 07, 2017, 07:29:55 PM
Talking about oldies ...  the pillion rider in the picture - my dad - is turning 90 in few months! :046:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Irishrover on November 07, 2017, 08:45:04 PM
*Originally Posted by dvorjan [+]
Talking about oldies ...  the pillion rider in the picture - my dad - is turning 90 in few months! :046:

That bike's a great colour. Congrats to your dad, doesn't look 90, hope I get to that age and can still swing a leg over a bike.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Deauvylad on November 10, 2017, 08:12:11 AM
73 years young. Out on my bike 3 or 4 times every week. Enjoy my bicycle too. Hate driving my car (That is a Honda too). Ballroom dancing lessons every week. Not doing bad for an oldie.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: ConcowMower on November 29, 2017, 04:08:10 AM
Just can't resist.  Just joined the forum mainly for information and don't own any of the CB500's yet.  Looking closely!
Started riding in 1964 with a Honda CA95 Mini Dream.  Hooked for life!  Sold off the R1200RT because of weight, etc.  I miss it.  Currently my XT250 and our Ural Patrol just don't cut it on the road so..... I am looking.
Cheers
Dave
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: hilldweller on November 29, 2017, 04:45:51 PM
*Originally Posted by Deauvylad [+]
Ballroom dancing lessons every week.

You were doing so well up to that sentence.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Rhymhoont on November 30, 2017, 03:40:18 AM
Old thread for oldies! I got my CB500X when I turned 50, happenstance, but it was a damn good excuse. I love this bike and am glad to be in the crowd.

Some would say I was old in 1994 and I bought an 87 Goldwing Aspencade at ~27?. I'm good with it. A sweet bike is a sweet bike!

 
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Deauvylad on November 30, 2017, 09:59:05 AM
Morning Brian. Don't knock it mate. Great exercise. Certainly helps to keep me fit. Ken
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: macamxthe1st on November 30, 2017, 10:34:00 AM
Just a thought that I think many will empathise with. I will be 65 next month and enjoy and am very grateful for good health. I have not ridden the bike for a couple of weeks due to a variety of circumstances and you know what, I feel 65. When I am riding regularly I feel years younger and when I am actually riding a very young man indeed. Long may it continue. I doubt that today's youth will get the same buzz from their video games when they are in their dotage.

Geoff.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: AJC500 on November 30, 2017, 04:33:22 PM
I am with you there Geoff - 65 next year, and love getting out on the bike.  Nothing else is the same, driving/walking/swimming/golf, just boring in comparison!!   :029:

ALEX.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Winchester on November 30, 2017, 09:48:43 PM
Well...I haven't read all 49 pages here but will happily confess to being 71 this year. I'm a new member and am about to apologize profusely for asking accessory questions that I'm sure have been asked a zillion times. Yes, I am reading as many posts as possible to learn what I can before asking. Your patience and latitude will be greatly appreciated.  :440:  I took a very long time in choosing the CB500x after owning many bikes of various flavors. A 2018 abs, it should be here in Jan.  :152:  I'm glad to be a member here...it seems to be a great group of folks who love the simpler pleasures of riding.

Cheers everyone!
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Hoke Colburn on December 02, 2017, 11:37:28 AM
I'm not an oldie. I'm only 65yo. But I love the geometry and riding position of the CB500X. About to buy one for my wife as her first bike. She is 47. So not an oldie either.

But the CB500X reminds me of the dirt, trail, and MX bikes my Gen grew up on.  Only a million times better.

Can't wait til it arrives.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Winchester on December 02, 2017, 06:46:30 PM
*Originally Posted by Hoke Colburn [+]

But the CB500X reminds me of the dirt, trail, and MX bikes my Gen grew up on.  Only a million times better.

Can't wait til it arrives.

Sure do agree with you on this Hoke.  :047:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: mrklunk on December 03, 2017, 10:44:18 PM
I'm 55! Thinking I was an oldie but maybe not now??? :) Very excited to be ordering my spanking new CB500X tomorrow. If I can decide what colour. Probably red like my first 250cc bike in 1979. A red XL250 which was my pride and joy. Adored that bike and suspect new one will be loved as much.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Winchester on December 04, 2017, 03:00:33 AM
"Old" is a decision. If you believe you are...then you are. I've got a good grip on 80% of all I used to have physically. Mentally...I'm a lot smarter and more content than I ever was. It's exactly why I've chosen the 500x. I don't give a rat's behind what everybody else is riding. I believe this incoming bike will be more gratifying, practical and more useful than any bike I've ever owned. And that's saying a lot. I'm looking forward to meeting a CBX rider tomorrow morning to see what he's done to his bike...and why. Nice people on this forum...glad to be here.  :082:

Cheers everyone!
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: ConcowMower on December 04, 2017, 03:50:25 AM
It says somewhere in the fine print that: We don't stop playing (having fun)  because we grow old, but rather we get old because we stop playing (having fun).   More CB500X's is the solution! :002:
Cheers
Dave
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: jsonder on December 04, 2017, 02:22:17 PM
I actually think that my CRF230L does a better job of keeping me feeling young(er).  I don't turn 76 for another month; rode the CRF yesterday up to some tv/microwave towers on the mountain behind our house.  Just a nice easy ride. 

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Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Winchester on December 04, 2017, 02:24:02 PM
*Originally Posted by ConcowMower [+]
It says somewhere in the fine print that: We don't stop playing (having fun)  because we grow old, but rather we get old because we stop playing (having fun).   More CB500X's is the solution! :002:
Cheers
Dave

 :460:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Applecorp on December 17, 2017, 12:57:51 PM
47 year old here. Been riding about 15 years, had quite a few bikes and have now "settled" down with two that I adore. Street Triple R for "spirited" good weather riding and my new baby, a 2017 CB500X.  Never had anything below a 650 except for the 125 I started out on, but this bike is a revelation. Needed a good all year commuter/explorer and normally I would have disregarded it but reviews and owner comments continued to intrigue me with it's fun, comfort, good mpg etc, so I test rode one and fell in love straight away and bought one the next day. (2 weeks ago).

Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: hilldweller on December 17, 2017, 01:33:07 PM
*Originally Posted by Applecorp [+]
47 year old here.

This thread is for oldies, sod off, you're only a kid.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Applecorp on December 17, 2017, 01:48:53 PM
 :008:  Ok Grandpa!   :150:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: SnowOwl on December 17, 2017, 06:23:50 PM
*Originally Posted by hilldweller [+]
This thread is for oldies, sod off, you're only a kid.
That's why, at 54 years I have never felt qualified to post in this thread.  :084:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: hilldweller on December 17, 2017, 10:34:19 PM
*Originally Posted by Applecorp [+]
:008:  Ok Grandpa!   :150:

There's a lot of us about in here. I take my 10 YO grandson out in the good weather but his teenage sisters have never asked.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: MrPid on December 19, 2017, 07:26:27 PM
I just turned 67 a couple weeks ago. I've been riding off and on since I was 18. I've been fortunate to have owned many nice bikes and have done a fair bit of traveling on bikes. I'm a sucker for a nice bike abd the 500x is a nice bike...IMO
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: OKGerry on January 04, 2018, 11:38:57 PM
Next birthday 76, easier to tell people I am on my 3/4 quarter century. I have been told many times to grow up and am still working on it but enjoying the failures.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: dkjkwood on January 04, 2018, 11:45:22 PM
51 here, so count me off the oldies list.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: OKGerry on January 04, 2018, 11:47:39 PM
I have children almost that old. You are still a youngster.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Winchester on January 05, 2018, 12:26:19 AM
*Originally Posted by OKGerry [+]
Next birthday 76, easier to tell people I am on my 3/4 quarter century. I have been told many times to grow up and am still working on it but enjoying the failures.

OKGerry…

I’ll be 72 this year. Eject a bundle of little kids into a room full of adults and like a magnet, they all seem to be drawn to me. I suppose it’s because they sense I’m closer to their intelligence level…a supposition reinforced by my wife’s statements to others…and my preference to be around the candid, refreshing honesty you get from the little tykes.

Back on topic… After I had a brief, secret meeting with all the munchkins, following their leader’s instructions, they each went to my wife and suggested she buy me a CB500x for New Years.  :440: Overwhelmed by their sincerity and not wanting to disappoint the little darlings, it’ll be here next month. I may not be growing up but my intelligence is showing marked improvements.  :017: Now…where’d those kids go? My birthday’s coming up and we need to talk about why I'll need panniers.

Happy New Year Everyone. Cheers.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: dkjkwood on January 05, 2018, 02:10:04 AM
Well played Mr. Winchester.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Samsgrandad on January 05, 2018, 05:15:09 PM
Hi another fairly new member here, I will be 70 in March and have been riding a wide variety of bikes for over 50 years.

Hopefully I will be out and about on my new to me CB500x in the near future

Derek
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Applecorp on January 05, 2018, 07:30:21 PM
All you oldies buying this bike are beginning to make me feel like I made the wrong choice at a youthful 47 years old.   :138:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: AJC500 on January 05, 2018, 07:50:55 PM
*Originally Posted by Applecorp [+]
All you oldies buying this bike are beginning to make me feel like I made the wrong choice at a youthful 47 years old.   :138:

It only proves that you are wise beyond your years!!  :169:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Applecorp on January 05, 2018, 07:52:55 PM
 :008:  Good response.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Defender on January 05, 2018, 08:57:00 PM
Yeah, nice riposte. I seem to remember a forum member, a few years ago, lamented the popularity of the X with more mature riders. He was worried that this association would  degrade the status of the x and cause it to lose sales, presumably making the X uncool. Well a few years on, that doesn't seem to be true, and the bike manages to  appeal to riders of all ages and walks of life. Long may it be so.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: dkjkwood on January 05, 2018, 08:59:05 PM
My 21 year old daughter is thinking about buying one as a first bike.  I'm not going to tell her it's an old farts bike.   :745:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: SnowOwl on January 05, 2018, 09:12:35 PM
*Originally Posted by dkjkwood [+]
My 21 year old daughter is thinking about buying one as a first bike.  I'm not going to tell her it's an old farts bike.   :745:
But it's a REALLY COOL old farts bike!
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: dkjkwood on January 05, 2018, 09:26:44 PM
I agree and it's the best handling bike I've owned in decades.  If she decides to buy a bike, I hope she choose a CBX.  They are so much fun in the twisties and aren't crazy powerful.  Great bike
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: hilldweller on January 06, 2018, 06:52:23 PM
*Originally Posted by dkjkwood [+]
My 21 year old daughter is thinking about buying one as a first bike.

If it's the ABS version I can't think of anything safer.

My daughter at that age had the Kawasaki 500 twin, very similar to ride to the X but no ABS. It did her proud and I enjoyed test riding it.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: tomp on May 11, 2018, 05:35:39 AM
Guess all the old riders have posted here.  I'll bump it by saying I'll be 68 in 11 days.  I've found the CBX to be a fun bike for the city and back roads.  For highway distance travel, the FLD or FJR serve me better.  Living in Texas, there are lots of those long distance highways to travel, but tons of backroads too.  tomp
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: 303 on May 11, 2018, 05:48:58 AM
I'm 51 and I'm cool... which makes the X also cool  :306:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: João Santos on May 11, 2018, 09:14:02 AM
I'm 61 years old and I'm from Viseu - Portugal

João Santos
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: baldeagle on May 12, 2018, 05:58:08 AM
Hi Joao and everyone,
I am a Brit 68 years and growing old disgracefully.
Live in Portugal and love it here,great for a long riding season.
In two weeks I am off to do my 10 day stint marshalling at the TT in the Isle of Man.
After the racing I shall hop on a ferry and ride the CBX home about 2000 kms to Portugal.
No good just sitting around,when there is fun to be had.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: cbpw500 on May 12, 2018, 09:03:35 AM
Baldeagle- Good on ya pal.Fantastic :152:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Lumpy on May 13, 2018, 12:28:03 AM
I'll be 65 next month and recently bought a 2013 500X. Thought long and hard for months about getting back on bikes after 30 years off.
So happy with the bike have done several day and over night trips from Sydney. I don't ride after dark and avoid wet weather. Retiring later this year and plan on some longer trips.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: WayneTalbot on May 13, 2018, 07:14:30 AM
I am 73 1/2, still riding, off to Greece in a week for a motorcycle tour with Adriatic Moto.
In Australia we have the Ulysses Club, not a motorcycle club per se, but a club for older motorcyclists. When it started in 1983, one had to be 40+, and I think that is still the rule. In recent years, branches have started in South Africa and various countries in Europe. If you are interested in riding with vintage motorcyclists, check to see whether there is a branch near you. You can find the list here: https://www.ulyssesclub.org/Whoweare.aspx
As for my CB500X, it will be delivered in June when I get from from Greece.
Age doesn't weary us, but it certainly does the joints.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: tomp on May 13, 2018, 07:25:31 AM
Wow, bumped this dead thread, and all kinds of us old farts have showed up since, from throughout the world.  How cool is that???  tp   
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Defender on May 15, 2018, 09:33:28 PM
Thread not dead, just resting. Some of us need to now and again. Definitely not an old fart's bike, but a sensible, practical, does most things well motorcycle, and lots of fun.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: jsonder on May 16, 2018, 05:09:33 AM
*Originally Posted by tomp [+]
Wow, bumped this dead thread, and all kinds of us old farts have showed up since, from throughout the world.  How cool is that???  tp

76 ain't old!  I'm just a tad more careful than I was 58 years ago.

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Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: tomp on May 16, 2018, 05:17:22 AM
I imagine we are all more careful than we were at 18.  If not, we probably wouldn't be here today.  Saw my best friend die in a dirt bike accident at 22.  Didn't stop me from riding and racing, but made me more aware of the negative possibilities of life.  tomp
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: rigger jim on May 29, 2018, 10:41:00 PM
Might as well add my name to the list I will be 79 1st of august
jim
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: mrichi on May 30, 2018, 01:38:19 AM
I will be 62 on Friday 1st of June Happy Birthday to me
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: tomp on May 30, 2018, 02:01:27 AM
A happy birthday to all.  No telling how many of them we have left.....tp
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: motorboy on May 30, 2018, 05:29:26 AM
*Originally Posted by tomp [+]
A happy birthday to all.  No telling how many of them we have left.....tp
68-one day at a time-one ride at a time-if it wasn't for 54 years of riding they could have buried me a long time ago-can't die now I have a ride planned
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: tomp on May 30, 2018, 05:37:19 AM
*Originally Posted by motorboy [+]
68-one day at a time-one ride at a time-if it wasn't for 54 years of riding they could have buried me a long time ago-can't die now I have a ride planned
68 is a good year.  Wish I had more time to ride, but I wanna eat, so I place work first.  tp
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: baldeagle on May 30, 2018, 07:10:28 AM
Wrote earlier on the post about my ride in two weeks time back from the U.K. to Portugal.
We live between Lisbon and the Algarve,leaving for the TT tomorrow and will spend all of race week marshalling.
Returning to Europe via a visit to a friend in Bournemouth recovering from cancer,
Then a ferry Portsmouth to Caen,then right down through France and Spain,doing that over three days,then fourth day will make it home in the afternoon.
Next trip down to Portimao for World Superbikes.
Growing old disgracefully is fun.
Ride safe guys.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: tomp on May 30, 2018, 03:44:37 PM
*Originally Posted by baldeagle [+]
Wrote earlier on the post about my ride in two weeks time back from the U.K. to Portugal.
We live between Lisbon and the Algarve,leaving for the TT tomorrow and will spend all of race week marshalling.
Returning to Europe via a visit to a friend in Bournemouth recovering from cancer,
Then a ferry Portsmouth to Caen,then right down through France and Spain,doing that over three days,then fourth day will make it home in the afternoon.
Next trip down to Portimao for World Superbikes.
Growing old disgracefully is fun.
Ride safe guys.
What a trip....  :047:  You ride safe too.  Would love to see the TT at least once.   tomp
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: baldeagle on May 30, 2018, 04:12:16 PM
Thanks,if you really want to do it,I would help you in any way possible.I have been going for over forty years so have just a little experience :018:.
Really should be on any bikers bucket list,IOM and Macau and the Irish Road races are real road races,not found in many places now.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: tomp on May 30, 2018, 04:21:37 PM
*Originally Posted by baldeagle [+]
Thanks,if you really want to do it,I would help you in any way possible.I have been going for over forty years so have just a little experience :018:.
Really should be on any bikers bucket list,IOM and Macau and the Irish Road races are real road races,not found in many places now.
We get the Irish road races over here on a sports channel.  I record and really enjoy them.  Kind of a mini IOMTT.  tomp
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: robitibob on June 02, 2018, 10:24:13 AM
hi
 67 but the honda cb500x  is only bike number 9
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: BobbyLee666 on June 06, 2018, 09:20:03 PM
Turned 61 last month. Plan on riding for along time to come..... :152:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Irishrover on June 06, 2018, 11:22:28 PM
*Originally Posted by BobbyLee666 [+]
Turned 61 last month. Plan on riding for along time to come..... :152:

You look good for 61 Bobby.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Bama_Rider on June 18, 2018, 10:50:35 PM
Turned 60 last October.  I have a few other bikes but I bought this one for everyday fun.  Doesn't need to impress anybody but me.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Longshanks on June 21, 2018, 06:59:53 PM
This forums' great. On all the others I use I'm usually one of the oldest on there.

On here I'm a mere lad of 56  :062:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: jsonder on June 21, 2018, 11:11:55 PM
Longshanks, as you are 20 years younger than me, you definitely qualify as a "young squirt" in my book.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Defender on July 07, 2018, 09:20:26 PM
Have to watch the language with all these kids on the forum.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: nbsdave on July 08, 2018, 12:05:09 AM
new here today, and a new ('18) 500X today
72 years, I'd be older but I was sick when I was little
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: SnowOwl on July 08, 2018, 04:20:05 AM
 :745:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: grewen on July 09, 2018, 03:55:13 AM
well, i'm 67 and i have a 2 week old 500x. it's becoming a nice bike now that the dam screen is off
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: jsonder on July 09, 2018, 04:48:43 AM
Definitely better as a naked if you aren't in a rainy area.

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Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: tomp on July 09, 2018, 05:09:02 AM
Sometimes, along with age come wisdom...  For some unknown reason, insurance on my 500X is twice all my other bikes.  Been thinking about trading it for something larger, with a lower rate, but realized that the cost difference could pay for the 500's insurance for 7-8 years. So why trade?    How's that for wisdom????  tomp
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Singlespeed92 on July 09, 2018, 03:09:45 PM
I'm only 45 (turned 45 just last month,actually),but sometimes I feel 812  :745:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Mence on July 16, 2018, 08:00:03 AM
New to the forum but a young 55.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Herman on July 16, 2018, 04:41:22 PM
51 here but bits of me are failing already.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Fran on July 23, 2018, 01:57:16 AM
62 here, have been riding for ever. Just got a 500x. Looking forward to a new adventure.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: ewryly on August 06, 2018, 09:16:43 PM
Just joined and just picked up my new CB500X.  Sixty-one and grateful!
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: 2Bpencil on October 04, 2018, 08:21:40 PM
*Originally Posted by ewryly [+]
Just joined and just picked up my new CB500X.  Sixty-one and grateful!
Snap- 61 + grateful. I'm finding that planning next summers road trip is interfering with work.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: highonthai on October 04, 2018, 08:28:41 PM
 :164:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Aggie95 on October 05, 2018, 04:45:53 AM
65 last June.  45 years ago I sold my 305 Scrambler...  Three weeks ago, my son bought a new F 800 GS Beamer (his third bike) and suggested I get a bike so I could go on road trips with him; I said he was nuts, I'm too old to start riding again!!  Last week he said he would buy me a bike of my choice if I took and passed an MC riding class with him.  I took the class and passed and was hooked again on riding.  I started looking for bike that fit me (I am a bit vertically challenged at 5' 10") and I found the CB500X, the bike I dreamed of 45 years ago :001:  My son found a '14 and will bring it to me next Wednesday.  Feels like Christmas!! and I'm not the only old fart on a new bike!!  Howdy Y'all!
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: ewryly on October 05, 2018, 05:15:26 AM
*Originally Posted by Aggie95 [+]
65 last June.  45 years ago I sold my 305 Scrambler...  Three weeks ago, my son bought a new F 800 GS Beamer (his third bike) and suggested I get a bike so I could go on road trips with him; I said he was nuts, I'm too old to start riding again!!  Last week he said he would buy me a bike of my choice if I took and passed an MC riding class with him.  I took the class and passed and was hooked again on riding.  I started looking for bike that fit me (I am a bit vertically challenged at 5' 10") and I found the CB500X, the bike I dreamed of 45 years ago :001:  My son found a '14 and will bring it to me next Wednesday.  Feels like Christmas!! and I'm not the only old fart on a new bike!!  Howdy Y'all!

Congrats! (And quite the son!)
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: catstevecam on October 05, 2018, 09:01:32 AM
*Originally Posted by Aggie95 [+]
65 last June.  45 years ago I sold my 305 Scrambler...  Three weeks ago, my son bought a new F 800 GS Beamer (his third bike) and suggested I get a bike so I could go on road trips with him; I said he was nuts, I'm too old to start riding again!!  Last week he said he would buy me a bike of my choice if I took and passed an MC riding class with him.  I took the class and passed and was hooked again on riding.  I started looking for bike that fit me (I am a bit vertically challenged at 5' 10") and I found the CB500X, the bike I dreamed of 45 years ago :001:  My son found a '14 and will bring it to me next Wednesday.  Feels like Christmas!! and I'm not the only old fart on a new bike!!  Howdy Y'all!

Well done for bringing your son up so well  :152:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Jonathan on October 05, 2018, 03:31:59 PM
*Originally Posted by 2Bpencil [+]
Snap- 61 + grateful. I'm finding that planning next summers road trip is interfering with work.

I think you'll find it's the other way round.... :062:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: biker on October 12, 2018, 03:49:08 PM
62 Yesterday. My Brain still functions like a 18 year old.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: ThirtyOne on October 12, 2018, 04:14:49 PM
*Originally Posted by Aggie95 [+]
65 last June.  45 years ago I sold my 305 Scrambler...  Three weeks ago, my son bought a new F 800 GS Beamer (his third bike) and suggested I get a bike so I could go on road trips with him; I said he was nuts, I'm too old to start riding again!!  Last week he said he would buy me a bike of my choice if I took and passed an MC riding class with him.  I took the class and passed and was hooked again on riding.  I started looking for bike that fit me (I am a bit vertically challenged at 5' 10") and I found the CB500X, the bike I dreamed of 45 years ago :001:  My son found a '14 and will bring it to me next Wednesday.  Feels like Christmas!! and I'm not the only old fart on a new bike!!  Howdy Y'all!

That's awesome. I got to ride with my dad a few years back when I was living in the USA. We had never really spent a lot of time together beforehand and when he got a bike (after quitting riding when he was a teenager in the 60s) he immediately fell back in love with it and we would go riding every weekend together. Enjoy your time with your son! I can say that he will certainly enjoy the time being with you.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Ceebixits500 on October 16, 2018, 07:03:22 PM
Hi, all.
I have plodded through all 56 pages of these old 'n venerable epistles over the last two days.
And I'm so glad to know there are so many other 'mature' nutters out there. Some are even more 'bonkerer' than I am!
I'm olde enough to remember when religion was still a majority occupation in this country, God help us.
Oops! Who said that? Never mind. Here's my tale;

Bikes I've owned;
1. NSU Quickly (1954), which belonged to my mother, and on which I started riding on back lanes beside our home in the mountains when I was 14 years old.
2. An ancient Motobi scooter, which  I bought at age 15 for £5 when a pound was still worth 20 Shillings. I used it, still uninsured, for back lane riding, and learning how engines actually work.
3. A brand new 1969 BSA Bantam 175, bought with a £200 inheritance from my lovely granny.

I failed the riding test on the BSA first time round, because I had zero training and I was failed for not looking right when turning left onto a main road. Oops! Lesson well learned there.
There was no such thing as biker training available here in the sixties  :005:
You just picked it up from your mates and your intuition. Most of us survived, somehow! 

4. A 1964 Triumph 350, ex. police bike. About £70
5. A 1968 Triumph 650 Thunderbird, ex. police bike. I did a major rebuild of the engine while studying engineering at college.
I took it to France camping with the girlfriend, eventually selling it when we married and a new sofa became the priority   :138:

There followed 27 lean years of self-inflicted bikelessness. But the dream never left me, and I always renewed my bike licence..... just in case.

Finally, at 55, I bought a 16 year old Honda V4 700. A most beautiful engine it had, before it gave up with water coming out the pipes!
Next came a Kawasaki ZR7 for a few years. Then , a CBF1000 GT and now the CB500XA

Why the CB500X?
Last year, I started to doubt myself on the CBF. It was beginning to feel heavy. I became aware of a lot of weight on my wrists.
My back complained too. And something was telling me I was getting too old for this game.
I loved that CBF. Took it to Spain. Kept it in mint condition. Any easy bike to ride fast.
Sometimes I would open it up and enjoy the mad acceleration it could produce. Oh, the torque was addictive. 
Overtaking 3 cars in one 5 second overtake was a breeze, and never felt dangerous.
But something was telling me inside that this was no longer a great idea for me and my ageing reaction times.
I seriously considered giving up biking. I spend three days trying to live with the thought of living without a bike. I felt deflated.
That wasn't going to work for me.

So, here I am. Aged 68 and 3/4 with my shiny new 2018 CBX waiting for me in the garage and only 1100 Kms on it.
Back roads of Ireland, here I come
 :821:
Ceebixit
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: catstevecam on October 16, 2018, 07:18:32 PM
*Originally Posted by Ceebixits500 [+]
1. NSU Quickly (1954)
2. An ancient Motobi scooter
3. A brand new 1969 BSA Bantam 175
4. A 1964 Triumph 350, ex. police bike
5. A 1968 Triumph 650 Thunderbird
6. A 16 year old Honda V4 700
7. A Kawasaki ZR7
8. A CBF1000 GT and
9. A CB500XA

So, here I am. Aged 68 and 3/4 with my shiny new 2018 CBX waiting for me in the garage and only 1100 Kms on it.
Back roads of Ireland, here I come

 :152: a fantastic tale - you've survived long enough to put some miles on an X - happy travels  :152:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Ceebixits500 on October 16, 2018, 08:05:52 PM
Hey, catstevecam, that bike list looks even longer in that neat format. Thanks.
Didn't I do well.
And I only fell off really badly twice..... so far  :087:

Take nada for granted.  :164:

Ceebixit
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: catstevecam on October 16, 2018, 08:40:44 PM
*Originally Posted by Ceebixits500 [+]
Hey, catstevecam, that bike list looks even longer in that neat format. Thanks.
Didn't I do well.
And I only fell off really badly twice..... so far  :087:

Take nada for granted.  :164:

Ceebixit

It's the way the numbers add-up . . .  :745:

You inspired me to attempt a similar list - sadly I reached 17 with a very confusing time in the middle where I must have had several projects at the same time and now my eyes are starting to hurt from too long in front of google - so the results will have to wait . . .  :008:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Yorkie Kev on October 16, 2018, 09:44:01 PM
59 going on 60 here..
Had many bikes over a 42 year span on the road.
Yamaha YDS7,Yamaha RD250,Kawasaki KE100,Yamaha XS650,Honda Britain 750,Honda CB900F2,Montesa 250 Cota,Yamaha RDLC350,Honda CX500,BMW R1OORT,BMWK1100LT,Kawasaki 650,Kawasaki Ninja 600,Triumph Tiger 1050 and now X500 ABS.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: AJC500 on October 17, 2018, 09:39:41 AM
I'm going to try to put my bike list against the years I had them.....just for fun!  :112:

1969/70 - 1964 Lambretta Li125 (16 years old), crashed and rebuilt with GT175 engine  - had an old Isetta bubble car over the winter, while I rebuilt the scooter
1971 - ? Royal Enfield 250
1972 - 1957 Triumph 500 built from parts
1972/73 - 1965 Jawa 350, 'chopped', my girlfriend (wife to be) had a 1967 BSA Bantam 175 at the same time, then we sold both and bought a car (Fiat 500!)
1977/79 - 1965 Honda CB72-250 built from parts as a basic project, then rebuilt to original condition
1977/79 - ? CZ175, stripped to ride off road
1979 - 1975 Suzuki GT185, had to fit a new (second hand) engine
1980/81 - 1977 Jawa 350
2011/12 - 2005 Royal Enfield 500 Electra X
2012 - 2010 Suzuki SV650S
2013/17 - 2010 Hyosung GT650
2017/18/? - 2017 Honda CB500X (65 years old, still biking!)

Some were definitely better than others!  :008:






Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Ceebixits500 on October 17, 2018, 10:51:33 AM
What is it about bikes that so many of us keep changing them?
It's as if we are constantly looking for "The Perfect Bike".
Of course, The Perfect Bike does not exist. Although, the bike we just bought always feels like the perfect bike........ for a while at least.
So we tweak them, customise them and constantly seek improvement.
It's the same with boats in my life. Always 'improving' it or thinking about how it might be 'Better'

I suppose this phenomenon is part of owning what I call the non-essentials in life. The things that are fun and escape from the essentials in life, like working and keeping a roof on the house    :152:

Ceebixit
 
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: BikerBill on October 17, 2018, 12:26:46 PM
52, just, going through a late mid life crisis, but enjoying every minute of it!
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Ceebixits500 on October 17, 2018, 03:31:55 PM
*Originally Posted by BikerBill [+]
52, just, going through a late mid life crisis, ......
A late mid-life crisis at 52 is good.
It means you'll live to be at least 104...... if I've got my hard sums right  :191:

I had my first at 35. So that was not good for longevity.  :138:
So, I had a second crisis at 50..... in the hope of a better outlook!

Hey, maybe the CBX is my third crisis.
But who wants to be 136 if they'll take my bike license away  :187:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: ThirtyOne on October 17, 2018, 03:36:00 PM
*Originally Posted by AJC500 [+]
I'm going to try to put my bike list against the years I had them.....just for fun!  :112:

1969/70 - 1964 Lambretta Li125 (16 years old), crashed and rebuilt with GT175 engine  - had an old Isetta bubble car over the winter, while I rebuilt the scooter
1971 - ? Royal Enfield 250
1972 - 1957 Triumph 500 built from parts
1972/73 - 1965 Jawa 350, 'chopped', my girlfriend (wife to be) had a 1967 BSA Bantam 175 at the same time, then we sold both and bought a car (Fiat 500!)
1977/79 - 1965 Honda CB72-250 built from parts as a basic project, then rebuilt to original condition
1977/79 - ? CZ175, stripped to ride off road
1979 - 1975 Suzuki GT185, had to fit a new (second hand) engine
1980/81 - 1977 Jawa 350
2011/12 - 2005 Royal Enfield 500 Electra X
2012 - 2010 Suzuki SV650S
2013/17 - 2010 Hyosung GT650
2017/18/? - 2017 Honda CB500X (65 years old, still biking!)

Some were definitely better than others!  :008:

Mostly "small" bikes
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: BikerBill on October 17, 2018, 04:00:35 PM
*Originally Posted by Ceebixits500 [+]
A late mid-life crisis at 52 is good.
It means you'll live to be at least 104...... if I've got my hard sums right  :191:

104? Depends how I get along with our winters.....but I ride with the assumption that every roundabout will have diesel on it, that every driver is out to get me...but my grandfather is still going strong at 98....but sadly no bike license....
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: AJC500 on October 17, 2018, 04:54:01 PM
*Originally Posted by ThirtyOne [+]
Mostly "small" bikes

Yes they were, maybe that's why I like the 500X so much!

In UK all bikes were relatively small bikes, usually 500cc or less, until the late 70's when the Japanese manufacturers started with their 750 fours and the Brits were left trying to catch up.

What I will admit is.....I was short of cash and looking for cheap transport for work, so they were all cheap bikes, only the GT185 was more than £100, up until the Enfield 500 anyway!!!  :008:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: MacDoc on October 20, 2018, 07:31:39 PM
Why the CB500X?
Last year, I started to doubt myself on the CBF. It was beginning to feel heavy. I became aware of a lot of weight on my wrists.
My back complained too. And something was telling me I was getting too old for this game.
I loved that CBF. Took it to Spain. Kept it in mint condition. Any easy bike to ride fast.
Sometimes I would open it up and enjoy the mad acceleration it could produce. Oh, the torque was addictive. 
Overtaking 3 cars in one 5 second overtake was a breeze, and never felt dangerous.
But something was telling me inside that this was no longer a great idea for me and my ageing reaction times.
I seriously considered giving up biking. I spend three days trying to live with the thought of living without a bike. I felt deflated.
That wasn't going to work for me.

So, here I am. Aged 68 and 3/4 with my shiny new 2018 CBX waiting for me in the garage and only 1100 Kms on it.
Back roads of Ireland, here I come

Hehe sounds familiar tho for different reasons.

The short range on the CBF1000 was annoying and while it was light for a liter bike, it was nowhere near the weight of a CB500x and it was getting expensive for casual rides with few places to make use of the power.

I was all set for a cross country trip to BC

(https://images.weserv.nl/?url=ssl:lh3.googleusercontent.com/F7iCoJ-ER_xmtuZ7umi3eN27yhYaZkOJK_VthcC2Kl4jAzGnPXoDZEHNcKTB7CZUR9WWzaU5RGR1CqTixP2g0TgClJ5JPKMii-AkqPWzLS8SFFX5xU4Srf13PxT7jJ6Ictn6P5xBwO75JObFP2aUfnR3aic2rVURYOkbfs_Pr9OIE4-jYagVzTKzjbZN45LaUsKDKuer1EDxqS2_ekCoXP6V-bW7zbFrCWMXv_EoISugz5ae3x0W1hSIn7quPKBBEebA6kAAprtVv17PR6Ysapr8UjbuTJNyKHgzJzvOBLqwDxinQH6SYKgiZg27lnvfX2kKCvHp0hdP7roI5bXao0d4V9R_N7VNlzvMyZxOpUydaZ8T5Uf98vxssdrY3VjrCL9Q7rSR7PXC-A85D6ZmbhrnhkEiZa9hdX3rM3S7btvl0o5l4-DW13M5E3b-iXtLNcFXknGkuc8m7x_2CDPNHy3PJvH8xQzNqHKcfmgeuWCE3uTFnhSYI1qrxxJaaTKDX6b8N4OQML0e4Bw4wddF7Z4F_dr9WZEFHLjdEwHc5Xxr1fczjJDj7-CkzRjQC8owCHJE_Xc_wcOKGhWCex1FMMBK3aRHmPapmRuLUbDDbXAoVUjrcxKjY3LUhFBJuj66=w568-h415-no)

when I ended up going to Australia for 3 months earlier than planned....out goes the x-country trip ( I ride a KLR650 in Australia so not all lost ).

I'd ridden the CB500x at a demo early on in it's release and was very impressed.
Then I saw Honda had a sale on, low cost financing and never in 50 + years of riding did I have a brand new bike.
Really liked what they did with the upgrades on the 2016-2018.
Liked the finance deal so sold the CBF1000 and picked up a new 2018 and put the money from the CBF into the business.

Only got back from Australia a couple weeks ago but some farkling in place and bit more planned and hopefully I'll get that xcountry ride in next summer.

(https://images.weserv.nl/?url=ssl:lh3.googleusercontent.com/Ut3f9lEtLJxF62wcUCGESdfvLTN2SCqdQL4x8G70c-AR6bIhypRMbyydZWfj6z3pRAzI9hOuIdMfGbHqhueqLz5TJRqz1Ci7q6elrYXmehLGByr5t__g0yy-B3dxwR1Wm5m0cAoN-_fzPGfQCneKuW2Gf3YRcjRy8gZaHBf3jxRxPhm74qDYmBHM_OQvrIzN1FplqvShe2hXiSQ17uRI74hNh-h4N9_cUeShqiqgXh4n7mNLRYEiIQRH5nv0tN3vy1ITopSQ59NC_neGJGdoq4GWcawFrOUv4nZmGSNuIUd3BlYNsniriUhKIHlK0pgeVAjyV-s7NTGbogq_0H7q6bJ6jyqFRDyTC2Y4DCtfwjUg8D31umfCmahHzGEqkpmBCJHzOLXeJ0aU-uBltMRVPCSrpJytG7AtYSBxXa5ge0jQKM7Ry13Kvekjtn-Cyxe1z3n9yWY3oJ5HjM2LCEi9FrCLt2niN_OfjQCTFyvKoBzs-F0BehE_C7Xbay63HwMALVUOOMbVqDxmvusVi_9cifH5U-RSjdG_qYW5BdskdSg4gxCT3w7viH8BpRGGE9OBevznVx6aCth7HSrODYO_CnsqWm5bm6mr-ymQtFuMJeCMUz_ulxsnNWExwnmz88CC=w1626-h1136-no)

I love the weight, the power is okay and its really stable at speed ( 120-130 kph) on the slab....that was a welcome surprise in 50 kph winds yesterday.

At 71 I really have to keep in the saddle often otherwise my hips take time to adjust and I have to becareful with my hands. I worry a bit about slow speed balance but can flat foot both feet on the 500x so that's a big plus.

I maybe add a few more head swivels at stops and unlike the CBF there is no temptation to wind it out and get way past legal way too fast. But it's still fun in the twists and is responsive even if I do have to shift a bit more.

With 800 km I'm happy with my decision and looking forward to a few more years riding. I'll get a few more weeks local riding here in Canada as I'm fine down to 5C or so.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: ThirtyOne on October 20, 2018, 08:01:01 PM
^^^ Nice setup you got there. Glad you're enjoying it.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: MacDoc on October 20, 2018, 08:11:45 PM
Thanks ....hated the look of a top case on the CB500x and then found the top load side cases. Looks decent and fits my 15" laptop and they were surprisingly inexpensive.
The Madstad was a known must have and works the charm.
Space is thin for distance but will deal with that when it comes up.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Ceebixits500 on October 21, 2018, 04:59:31 PM
MacDoc, your Shad planners look like they could be part of the original cb500x design brief. Fabulous job.
I'm putting them on my ever growing list of must haves.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: MacDoc on October 21, 2018, 05:05:58 PM
Thanks - easy install too ...very well engineered and looks good when the  panniers are off. Very clean rack and you can add larger plus they are sooooo light.

(https://images.weserv.nl/?url=www.shad.es/imagenes/bl_shad8126.jpg)

 but it's the top load that was the key for me.

(https://images.weserv.nl/?url=www.shad.es/imagenes/bl_shad7883.jpg)

$388 US for two cases and the mounting system. Very reasonable considering a 46 liter top case and mounting system costs about the same or more and looks seriously ugly.

(https://www.cb500x.com/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=3971.0;attach=8510;image)
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: catstevecam on October 21, 2018, 05:25:01 PM
*Originally Posted by MacDoc [+]
(https://images.weserv.nl/?url=ssl:lh3.googleusercontent.com/Ut3f9lEtLJxF62wcUCGESdfvLTN2SCqdQL4x8G70c-AR6bIhypRMbyydZWfj6z3pRAzI9hOuIdMfGbHqhueqLz5TJRqz1Ci7q6elrYXmehLGByr5t__g0yy-B3dxwR1Wm5m0cAoN-_fzPGfQCneKuW2Gf3YRcjRy8gZaHBf3jxRxPhm74qDYmBHM_OQvrIzN1FplqvShe2hXiSQ17uRI74hNh-h4N9_cUeShqiqgXh4n7mNLRYEiIQRH5nv0tN3vy1ITopSQ59NC_neGJGdoq4GWcawFrOUv4nZmGSNuIUd3BlYNsniriUhKIHlK0pgeVAjyV-s7NTGbogq_0H7q6bJ6jyqFRDyTC2Y4DCtfwjUg8D31umfCmahHzGEqkpmBCJHzOLXeJ0aU-uBltMRVPCSrpJytG7AtYSBxXa5ge0jQKM7Ry13Kvekjtn-Cyxe1z3n9yWY3oJ5HjM2LCEi9FrCLt2niN_OfjQCTFyvKoBzs-F0BehE_C7Xbay63HwMALVUOOMbVqDxmvusVi_9cifH5U-RSjdG_qYW5BdskdSg4gxCT3w7viH8BpRGGE9OBevznVx6aCth7HSrODYO_CnsqWm5bm6mr-ymQtFuMJeCMUz_ulxsnNWExwnmz88CC=w1626-h1136-no)

Lovely looking setup MacDoc - the scale of the panniers matches the Madstad and all looks in proportion.
Is that the 22in tall screen?
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: MacDoc on October 21, 2018, 05:28:00 PM
It's the 20" but should have followed the advice and gotten the 22" ..but it works really well. I'm 5' 8" so it's fine.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Aggie95 on January 02, 2019, 08:17:54 PM
Howdy, Y'all!  Thought I ought to post an update...

(background)
I've been off of two wheels for about 45 years.  In October, my son bought me a nicely dressed, low mileage '14 X so I could ride with him.  (He rides an 800 GS Beamer.)  We made a few short local rides over the next couple of weeks, and then he decided to spend a few days with my parents in northwest Arkansas; his job allows him to work from almost anywhere.  :495:

I suggested he take his bike with him and I would join him with mine (we hauled them); There are many, many awesome roads in that part of Arkansas, not to mention the gorgeous scenery in the fall!  Since my family is from around there, I know a lot of these roads; I have driven many of them in a cage while wishing I was on a bike!  We rode for three days making about 130 miles each day on some twisties that, I have to admit, were a little beyond my skill level :005: but I had a blast!  I posted some pics and discussion of this ride here:  https://www.cb500x.com/index.php/topic,7890.0.html

Since then, my son decided to swap his Beamer for a slightly used '14 X very much like mine!  He may get a 1200GS Beamer later, but for now, he's having fun on his X!

Recently, my son needed to go to Santa Fe, NM, and asked me to ride there with him, about 1400 miles, round trip.   :114: or  :062:  This trip would be a good test of our cold weather gear and our (my!) endurance; he wants to ride to Prudhoe, AK next summer... 

Early winter is not the best time of the year for riding NE New Mexico or NW Texas; a few days before our trip started, the winds in that region approached 70 mph! Luckily, the winds calmed before our trip and all the snow melted off the roads!   To make a long story somewhat shorter  :002: , we rode 1400 high speed miles in a little over three three days, covering over 500 miles the last day (starting at sunrise and 30 degrees F, and arriving home about thirty minutes after dark.) You experienced riders:  My tires are now flat in the center; is this going to be a problem?

Here's my son and our bikes as we crossed into New Mexico.
(https://cdn.img.cb500x.com/2018-12-18-11.22.40-Cropped.jpg)

It was a fast and furious trip with little time for appreciating the scenery.  We decided the trip would have been much more fun and less tiring if we had trailered our bikes to Santa Fe (but not much of a test of our endurance).  In a truck, we could have traveled much more, and more comfortably, at night and reserved a coupled of days for riding around Santa Fe.  However, we demonstrated that we can ride hard all day, and much of the night, if we need to. 

Here's more pics of our trip:
https://photos.cb500x.com/image/KzE6l
https://photos.cb500x.com/image/Kz9zS
https://photos.cb500x.com/image/Kzz4o
https://photos.cb500x.com/image/KzQdZ
https://photos.cb500x.com/image/KzHbv
https://photos.cb500x.com/image/Kz5ZY
https://photos.cb500x.com/image/KzgY3
https://photos.cb500x.com/image/KzaVW

We discovered a few flaws in our cold weather gear; mostly, we both could use warmer gloves!  I have Givi hand guards on my bike, but they need to be adjusted a little to provide some more protection from the wind during cold weather.  My son needs to get some similar protection on his bike!  I need a little more cover between my jacket and helmet.  And we both need something to prevent our breath from fogging the inside of our visors and glasses without riding with our visors open.  We rode the last morning into a rising sun, on a bluebird day, in 30 F! For a couple of hours we had to ride with our visors open and I even had to take my glasses off for a while.  Any suggestions here will be appreciated!

All told, this trip was a hard ride for me, and it took a few days of "ranch work" to rest up, but it was an adventure and that's why we bought Adventure bikes!!  In Roswell, after a particularly fast link on our trip, my son commented "I never dreamed I would be chasing my father across New Mexico at high speeds on a motorcycle!" I guess that's what it's all about!   :152:

I'm not sure I'm ready to ride to AK and back, but we're working on it!
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: MacDoc on January 02, 2019, 08:22:14 PM
Wow - good for you.

You need Pinlock visors to deal with the fogging.

I would strongly suggest FirstGear heated glove liners for your hands - better than heated grips.

Flat centres on tires ...part of the game on slab but in the cold no tire does well.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Aggie95 on January 02, 2019, 08:39:45 PM
*Originally Posted by MacDoc [+]
You need Pinlock visors to deal with the fogging.

I would strongly suggest FirstGear heated glove liners for your hands - better than heated grips.

Flat centres on tires ...part of the game on slab but in the cold no tire does well.

Thanks, MacDoc, for the tips, especially the reminder about cold weather and tires.  I've read that in various posts here, but I had forgotten!  something I need to remember when riding in the cold!!
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: 2Bpencil on January 03, 2019, 11:09:04 AM
*Originally Posted by MacDoc [+]
Wow - good for you.

You need Pinlock visors to deal with the fogging.

I would strongly suggest FirstGear heated glove liners for your hands - better than heated grips.

Flat centres on tires ...part of the game on slab but in the cold no tire does well.

That's a good road trip.
(PS: Leaving a helmet on a seat is going to end in a helmet on the deck. I speak from experience! :232:)
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Ceebixits500 on January 03, 2019, 12:46:09 PM
*Originally Posted by 2Bpencil [+]
That's a good road trip.
(PS: Leaving a helmet on a seat is going to end in a helmet on the deck. I speak from experience! :232:)
Ah yes, that terrible sound of a helmet going cplonkk on the deck.... and those scratches on a new helmet!
Placing your helmet over a mirror arm will give it a longer life, and reduce those tearful moments :821:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: SnowOwl on January 03, 2019, 01:32:01 PM
I too have experienced the helmet jumping off the seat.  :230:  :012:  :138:

Now I hang the helmet on the passenger foot peg bracket.  Don't like putting it on the mirror, have seen one fall off there and its further to the ground!
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: nbsdave on January 03, 2019, 01:47:02 PM
I've lost helmets to the pull of gravity or being bumped off the seat.
I've had dogs pee on them while the helmet was on the ground next to the bike.
I've had the wind move them enough to fall off the handlebar.
Now, I put my helmet on the bars over the instruments leaning against the windshield and there's room to slip your gloves under it.. Never had a problem.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Ceebixits500 on January 03, 2019, 02:46:16 PM
We're all WRONG   :084:
The securest place for a helmet is strapped ON your head  :112:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Jonathan on January 03, 2019, 03:49:57 PM
*Originally Posted by nbsdave [+]
I've lost helmets to the pull of gravity or being bumped off the seat.
I've had dogs pee on them while the helmet was on the ground next to the bike.
I've had the wind move them enough to fall off the handlebar.
Now, I put my helmet on the bars over the instruments leaning against the windshield and there's room to slip your gloves under it.. Never had a problem.

I heard a story a while ago about a guy who used this thing called a helmet lock....apparently, it was attached to the bike in the most sensible place, somewhere near the back :005:....

of course it could just be a rumour :008:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: ewryly on January 03, 2019, 07:57:54 PM
*Originally Posted by Jonathan [+]
I heard a story a while ago about a guy who used this thing called a helmet lock....apparently, it was attached to the bike in the most sensible place, somewhere near the back :005:....

of course it could just be a rumour :008:

This is the sort of reckless mongering that leads to new-fangled innovations like self-canceling signals...  We need to put an end to this right away.  We're old, after all. 
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Ceebixits500 on January 03, 2019, 08:32:32 PM
*Originally Posted by ewryly [+]
This is the sort of reckless mongering that leads to new-fangled innovations like self-canceling signals...  We need to put an end to this right away.  We're old, after all.
Absolutely right. Down with newfangeloids. Next thing we'll have brake systems that wont lock up even on slippery roads.
There ought be laws agin it!  :232:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: nbsdave on January 03, 2019, 08:39:46 PM
*Originally Posted by Jonathan [+]
I heard a story a while ago about a guy who used this thing called a helmet lock....apparently, it was attached to the bike in the most sensible place, somewhere near the back :005:....

of course it could just be a rumour :008:

I've heard about them also.
I have no need to lock my helmet. I do not consort with thieves or ladies of ill repute.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: gregjet on January 06, 2019, 08:30:26 PM
So exactly what do ladies of ill repute use a helmet for?
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: AJC500 on April 06, 2019, 09:08:07 AM
Interesting mention of rider ages in Motorcycle Sport and Leisure magazine's test of the new CB500 range this month, based on sales across Europe -

CB500X - best selling CB with the over 40's
CBR500R - best selling CB with the under 30's
CB500F - best selling CB overall

Looks like there is a CB500 for everyone!!  :038:

Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: AB-DirtGuy on May 06, 2019, 10:19:26 PM
*Originally Posted by AJC500 [+]
Interesting mention of rider ages in Motorcycle Sport and Leisure magazine's test of the new CB500 range this month, based on sales across Europe -

CB500X - best selling CB with the over 40's
CBR500R - best selling CB with the under 30's
CB500F - best selling CB overall

Looks like there is a CB500 for everyone!!  :038:

What do people in their 30's ride?  :008:

I just turned 50 and plan to buy my X next spring (maybe this fall if there are deals)
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: BikerBill on May 07, 2019, 07:37:41 AM
*Originally Posted by AB-DirtGuy [+]
What do people in their 30's ride?  :008:


Nothing, too busy having kids and a partner / wife who doesn't understand biking and thinks they are dangerous!
 :745:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: woody on May 07, 2019, 01:25:29 PM
*Originally Posted by BikerBill [+]
Nothing, too busy having kids and a partner / wife who doesn't understand biking and thinks they are dangerous!
 :745:

Yes to all of that  :745: but it still didn't stop me  :306: (does help that the misses use to ride!)
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: sandancer5063 on May 30, 2019, 08:04:36 AM
Hi 69 here,riding since I was 16 and it still gives me that BUZZ  :152: :152:Even more on the CBX :046:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Jonathan on May 30, 2019, 08:51:16 AM
*Originally Posted by sandancer5063 [+]
Hi 69 here,riding since I was 16 and it still gives me that BUZZ  :152: :152:Even more on the CBX :046:

especially at around 5000 rpm... :001:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: hilldweller on May 30, 2019, 09:07:38 AM
*Originally Posted by Jonathan [+]
especially at around 5000 rpm... :001:

You need Givi for the full on experience.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Jonathan on May 30, 2019, 02:51:41 PM
 
*Originally Posted by hilldweller [+]
You need Givi for the full on experience.

 :745:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: gravityguy on June 02, 2019, 02:19:01 AM
I dropped my Capo Nord a couple of years ago and couldn't pick it up. Thought that maybe it was time to give up riding. Slower reflex's and all that. We moved to the beautiful mountains of Utah recently and I knew I had to explore the mountain roads in something other than an SUV. Just purchased a nearly new Rally Raid and I am so pleased with this bike. I always said that I felt 10 years younger and 10 lbs lighter in the mountains. The Rally Raid just shaved another 10 years off my 68 trips around the sun.
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: ewryly on June 02, 2019, 02:25:09 AM
*Originally Posted by gravityguy [+]
I dropped my Capo Nord a couple of years ago and couldn't pick it up. Thought that maybe it was time to give up riding. Slower reflex's and all that. We moved to the beautiful mountains of Utah recently and I knew I had to explore the mountain roads in something other than an SUV. Just purchased a nearly new Rally Raid and I am so pleased with this bike. I always said that I felt 10 years younger and 10 lbs lighter in the mountains. The Rally Raid just shaved another 10 years off my 68 trips around the sun.

Excellent!  I just went out for four hours of great riding, and I still feel good!  The bike is gentle!
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: jronmorgan on June 14, 2019, 10:11:34 PM
age...  62..   :080:   :305:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: Kerrmitt on June 23, 2019, 08:17:35 AM
47 here. To answer the 30's question, I had an RC51 for most of them. A healthy sense of my own mortality (and back surgery) prompted me to find something with betters ergos and less twitchy acceleration characteristics  :305:
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: jronmorgan on June 23, 2019, 03:35:52 PM
*Originally Posted by Kerrmitt [+]
47 here. To answer the 30's question, I had an RC51 for most of them. A healthy sense of my own mortality (and back surgery) prompted me to find something with betters ergos and less twitchy acceleration characteristics  :305:

I've always ridden sport bikes but no longer on the street.. lol.. I've crashed so many times dirt and road racing my neck only only has about 80 degrees of rotation and I can't see the traffic around me unless I twist my whole back.. Which is really hard with sport bike egos.. So its standards and ADV bikes for me from now on, unless its a track bike..
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: terryfred on September 04, 2019, 11:15:04 PM
I just bought a 500X today and traded my NT700 in on the new bike.  I had 70k miles on the NT.  I will be 73 in two months.

TerryFred
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: nbsdave on September 04, 2019, 11:56:46 PM
welcome terryfred
I'll be 74 in 6 days
the  500X is the best thing I did on two wheels after years of bigger, heavier, and faster others
I'm thinking the X will deliver you 70 thousand mi. (easily) as well
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: fatal on September 05, 2019, 01:44:45 PM
You don't see many young bikers here like it was in the 60s and 70s. Every bike meet I go to it like a leather clad old folks home. I'm 61 with body of a 90 year old and the mind of 17 year old (my wife says 5 year old)
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: AJC500 on September 05, 2019, 06:54:27 PM
So true, I guess a combination of the current difficult licence process, new bike and insurance costs, and maybe even more people having ambitions to drive 4 wheels not 2 means we are seeing far fewer new riders - easy PCP car deals maybe make cars easier too.

The Perth Bike Night is definitely attended by an older generation of riders try to spot a twenty-something in this photo!
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: ZzipyT0 on October 16, 2019, 09:46:58 PM
62 and just back into bikes after a rather long break. Loving every minute of it. 
Title: Re: How many oldies
Post by: PaulinBont on October 24, 2019, 06:53:36 PM
A mere 58, still a 'wet behind the ears' sprog   :002: