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The scooter group seems to be An average of 40+ age group. Is this typical? At 46 I have been Called Gay/And been called ladylike rider/ need some pink stickers/ blah blah! Of course I tear them apart beautifully And make fun of their pleather jacket,s....Is 46 too young Or am I in the qualified age group? Lol. I don't care , just curious where people's heads are at that ride mean bikes!
 

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You are correct on the age group and you fit within it. Most maxi riders put more mileage on their scoots in one yr then most of the posers do the entire time they own their bike. I shut down a couple posers when they commented about me becoming a real rider, when I asked them about their yearly mileage compared to mine. I have rode all kinds of bikes in my younger years and after 40+ yrs of riding, decided to ride something a little more comfortable and still be able to get a leg over.
 

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The scooter group seems to be An average of 40+ age group. Is this typical? At 46 I have been Called Gay/And been called ladylike rider/ need some pink stickers/ blah blah! Of course I tear them apart beautifully And make fun of their pleather jacket,s....Is 46 too young Or am I in the qualified age group? Lol. I don't care , just curious where people's heads are at that ride mean bikes!
1) Do you site at home and cry.............??????

2) You might be gay - I dont know you!

3) Do you really care....???

4) Are you having fun and enjoying yourself..???

5) Secretly - all H/D riders ..want a Burgman....!!!

6) I own a Honda Goldwing GL1800 AND a Burgman and ride the Burgy more the the Wing.........

7) I let a few of my H/D rider friends ride my "TOY"......and they all come back with a big "Burgman grin"..............

8) Have fun and screw what other people think.......................

:bootyshake::bootyshake:
 

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I plan on stretching out my mid life crisis will into the next century, and they can call me gay, but they'll have to do it to my back as I ride away while they search for the correct gear, btw let no mans words make you doubt the deeds you know you have done regardless the man or the circumstance , which is the long way of saying f&*^ Yo^
 

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A lot of us older guys have rode motorcycles for years, but after medical issues caused by age and wear we either had to quit riding or ride something more senseable. I've been called too stubborn to quit. But what I found out at 67, and wish I had learned as early as 45, is that our scooters are much easier on the body. No more bobble head, with the larger windscreens that mine have very quite, protected form rain usually, built in lockable storage. As you guys know the list of benefits goes on and on. As someone said, we actually ride more often. My son in law's Harley has sit in his garage so long the front tire is flat.
 

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I have a Burgman 400 and a Honda ST1100. I ride the Burgman around town and the ST for trips (and the commute when it gets busy - I like the speed at which I can manuever). As other have said, I probably put more miles on the Burgman than most put on their bikes. I'm a teacher and out of the 197 contract days last year I rode at least 160 - probably a 30/70 split between the Burgman and ST.
If you're enjoying the ride - Who Cares?
Oh, and I'm 51!
 

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There are many good reasons to own a Harley (although I can't think of any at the moment). But to own one to define your masculinity means you're not very.
 

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I have a Burgman 400 and a Honda ST1100. I ride the Burgman around town and the ST for trips (and the commute when it gets busy - I like the speed at which I can manuever). As other have said, I probably put more miles on the Burgman than most put on their bikes. I'm a teacher and out of the 197 contract days last year I rode at least 160 - probably a 30/70 split between the Burgman and ST.
If you're enjoying the ride - Who Cares?
Oh, and I'm 51!
HAh - I have the 650 and an ST1100 ( plus a KLR650 )
I'd lose the ST1100 in a heartbeat in Australia for the Burgman 650 I have in Canada which I ride 9 months of the year.

Too many mcycle riders have no idea. I keep a constant thread going on the forum.

Please feel welcome to contribute your thoughts to it. I've had few end up on the big scoots as a result.

http://www.gtamotorcycle.com/vbforum/showthread.php?139421-In-case-you-were-wondering-about-those-big-scoots&p=2001436&viewfull=1

I'm 66 and get perhaps a tad more respect because I still ride off road in spectacular settings on the KLR650
http://www.gtamotorcycle.com/vbforum/showthread.php?151439-Down-Under-on-a-KLR-650-second-season

and put in lots of Ks even in the cold on the Burgman Exec.

THey are beginning to understand this is a choice of ride not because I have to.
I did get it to save my hands from too many years of clutching but the 650 ( I'm on my second ) ranks as the best all around bike I've owned in 40 plus years of riding.
 

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I remember when the city fleet I managed tested out some HD as police bikes. I remember one cop saying he felt like he had been riding a dirt bike all day. We had GW police bikes back then. For a big bike I'll take a Victory over a HD any day. My son has a 2010 Victory Vision, it's a very nice bike.:cool:
 

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Maybe I am lucky, but I don't usually run into idiots who are that openly rude and stupid. They might think ill of me for riding a scooter, but they don't say it aloud. Sometimes bikers at gas stops are really interested, too.

I'm in the heart of redneckery, deep in Dixieland! I am sure there are guys around who don't feel secure enough with their masculinity to be seen on a scooter, but they don't give me the chance to make fun of their inadequacies. (Suits me fine, I don't want to rub it in.)
 

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I told one Pratt....Where's your pleather skirt sweetie pie???. I mean pleathers kinky int it!!!
 

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Living in the land of Harley (Wisc.), I had second thoughts about going on a Poker Run when we just got our Burgman. The Harley riders had no problem with us riding with them. True, most were in their 40's and 50's, and they were more mature, and well seasoned ;-) The biggest issue was the Beemer riders, but the Cruiser riders backed us up. I had many Harley Riders looking at our Burgman as a viable alternative to what they were currently riding.

I found that if you are comfortable with yourself without being arrogant, people are comfortable with you, no matter what you ride.

The ones that aren't, aren't worth trying to impress.

Every bike has a need and use for someone, and I have no use for anyone bashing what someone chooses to ride.

Any "Friend", that seriously disses or mocks your choice of a ride, I would no longer consider a friend. Life is too short for that BS.

Unfortunately, "holes" are everywhere :-(
 

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You are correct on the age group and you fit within it. Most maxi riders put more mileage on their scoots in one yr then most of the posers do the entire time they own their bike. I shut down a couple posers when they commented about me becoming a real rider, when I asked them about their yearly mileage compared to mine. I have rode all kinds of bikes in my younger years and after 40+ yrs of riding, decided to ride something a little more comfortable and still be able to get a leg over.
I always ask why is your bike so clean. They see that my bike is dirty and I tell them I ride every day and am not a fair weather rider. Real bikers usually understand and we laugh.
 

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yup

from somewhere in mid Quebec a few odd dirt roads later :D

cool bridge too



kid posing - interesting ride across the planks - glad it was not wet



very nice spot on the other side - highly recommended



Her great granpa started the whole region

http://www.spruceholmeinn.com/

She has turned his old hay barn into a fabulous restaurant



Here ancestor got the bridge built too



Politics and ambition run in the family.
SHe was city councilor in Toronto and has another operation in Newfoundland as well as buying the house next door to the BnB for an old folks home for independent living but with their food supplied by....of course the BnB....$2000 a month for a couple in a fantastic setting to retire to.
 

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People who dis you for the kind of bike you ride, be it a 49cc scooter, a 2000cc monster cruiser, or any variety in between don't deserve the time of day. I don't much care for sport bikes, especially with 18 year olds on them but they have as much right to be happy with their rides as I do with mine.

I've done the HD thing as well as about 25 other bikes over my 40 years of riding and almost every one of them were great fun. At 60 I love my Burgman 650 as much as any other and it's perfect for my arthritic bones. I'm pretty sure my next ride will be a HD trike...
 

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I live where the roads are crooked and steep and Harleys are King. Once a few Harley riders found that they could not run with a Burgman in the mountains, the word spread and they treat us well. Even the 400 will outperform a Harley on crooked mountain roads. Several Harley riders have expressed an interest in buying a scooter.

Another 650 rider and I went with our Harley riding friend to the largest Harley dealership in the area last Friday so he could get it serviced and a new rear tire. Our Burgmans drew a lot of attention among a field full of very expensive Harleys and they had a lot of intesting quesitons.
 

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I had a Harley guy pull up beside me one day and ask if it was street legal....By the way I am 75 and sold my Gold Wing to buy my scooter...Love it...I ride 7 to 8,000 per year.......carl
 
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