I'm right there with Rayzerman, next birthday I'll be 70. I'm not a big person at 5'6", or particularly strong, so all bikes I've owned since I switched to I-4 liter bikes in 1977 have been tall and heavy for me. My last one before the FJR was an ST 1300 and it was really heavy IMO but I never dropped it in 10 years and 110,000 miles. Dropped the FJR turning around in a gravel parking lot 6 weeks into owning it and broke my left arm. I have a CB 1100 too and at 575 pounds it's not too bad. I also have an out of state nephew's CB500X in the garage that I am welcome to ride anytime, that weighs 432 pounds and although it is plenty light, it's also gutless IMO. I could learn to live with it, but I don't want to. I like the power of liter bikes.
My dad rode Indians, then Harleys and as he got older (in his late 50's) he switched to a CB 350F Honda, then a CB 200, then a CB 125 and ended his motorcycle career on a Moto Guzzi 125. By my current age he had given up riding altogether and only lived a few more years. Our family history (grandparents, parents, and my older brother) suggests 78-79 is our life expectancy. So I figure I only have a few years to go. Dealing with a couple medical issues now,but they aren't keeping me from riding. I still take multiple out of state trips every year and at least one of them with my adult son who has been taking trips with me for the last 13 years. He currently rides a Yamaha MT-10 liter bike lol. My wife who at 67 has been riding with me for 45 years is now at the point she can no longer ride long distances after having a hip and 2 knees replaced, but she has ridden with me thru 42 states, 2 provinces of Canada and 5 countries in Europe. I miss her riding on trips with me. She was a great traveling companion and pillion.
I will ride the FJR and CB 1100 as long as I feel comfortable and then maybe get a mid sized scooter, that I can step thru instead of swinging my leg over. Who knows. Seems most real motorcycles have a 31" seat height these days and that is an issue for me. I know I have been riding almost daily since 1965 and won't give it up unless health forces me to.
2018 Yamaha FJR 1300A
2014 Honda CB1100 DLX
It doesn't matter what I ride, where I ride, or how far I ride... it only matters THAT I ride...every day. "Ferret"
Last edited by the Ferret; 10-05-2019 at 03:20 PM.