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Juno Beach. Largest bike owned Honda Rebel 250 cc.

Trying to decide at the "ripe" age of 69 if I could ride a GoldWing.
 

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Chuckie greetings & welcome to the GWOF. Good people here & good discussion.

Advice - Find a way to ride one & you will no doubt find the answer you seek.
 

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hello chuckie, welcome to GWOF. if you could get a test ride on a wing that would answer your question. i've been looking at some '83 silverwing 650 lately
 

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Welcome to the forum Chuckie.....Ride Safe
 

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Welcome to the forum. Try the used wing thing first. There are some really nice used wings out there. They are big and heavy,but very manageable.
 

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Welcome to the forum from Ontario Canada Chuckie. Do you know anyone well enough to take their Wing out? Problem with renting is they insist on "big bike" experience and I'm pretty sure the 250 wouldn't qualify :)
Good luck and ride safe,
Strat
 

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If I'm not mistaken, in 95 and after the seat height was lowered about an inch. So I would look for a wing from 95 on. I've seen some small women ride a wing. Thicker soles and heels on the boots and maybe have someone shave the seat a little. Or a used wing trike might be the answer.
Just some ideas to think about.
 

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Thanks for the IMMEDIATE tips!

Also a concern: 5'6" tall, 155#....is that a deal breaker?
At 5' 6'' you are a good candidate for the Wing. It will fit you nicely, except for the stock seat height on the 2001-2012 models. Control on the move is not in question here: It's about straddling the seat with feet down at the stop lights. Have you " dry " tested a Wing at a Dealer ? It's not the size or weight, but the aggression of the attack that matters.
 

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If I'm not mistaken, in 95 and after the seat height was lowered about an inch. So I would look for a wing from 95 on. I've seen some small women ride a wing. Thicker soles and heels on the boots and maybe have someone shave the seat a little. Or a used wing trike might be the answer.
Just some ideas to think about.
The Interstate model's seat height was lowered first. My 94 has the lowest seat height of any wing. I have seen some pretty small framed women riding them.... but they ain't 69 years old. Give it a try. The bike isn't gonna go down in value. If it works, it would be something that could put a twinkle in your eye on a daily basis.

The trike is a good suggestion. A bike and sidecar is another option.

I have seen it happen.
 

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I have rode a lot of small bikes for a log time and have only had a 1200 wing for 9 months. I am 54 and 5'9 tall. I have covered a lot of miles on a 700 vf Honda leading up to getting the Wing. Like you I was a little conserned about the size of the wing. In practice the wings size on the move is an non event. At low speeds is where you want to be aware of the weight. I'm not getting close to 70 but if you are in good shape and want to ride a wing, there is only one way to find out. Best of luck with it. Eric
 

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As I said before Chuckie find one to ride. I really am saying this again because I'm about to hijack your thread a bit & this is my way of telling you sorry for that malicious act in advance. Sorry.


I have rode a lot of small bikes for a log time and have only had a 1200 wing for 9 months. I am 54 and 5'9 tall. I have covered a lot of miles on a 700 vf Honda leading up to getting the Wing.
Am I the only one thinking that Eric always looked like he was about 6' 5" in his pictures????? The rest of his mates/family in Aussie must be 4' 8" tall.:confused::confused:

Back to Chuckie's topic. Good luck on your search.
 

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My friend isn't much taller than you and he rides a GL1500. He is 58 and has had bypass surgery and two recent heart attacks! :eek:



As I said before Chuckie find one to ride. I really am saying this again because I'm about to hijack your thread a bit & this is my way of telling you sorry for that malicious act in advance. Sorry.

Am I the only one thinking that Eric always looked like he was about 6' 5" in his pictures????? The rest of his mates/family in Aussie must be 4' 8" tall.:confused::confused:

He does seem taller....... :confused:

Back to Chuckie's topic. Good luck on your search.
 

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I think you are being tricked by my big chest and stomach muscle. LOL. How tall is is 192cm. Eric
ps I to am sorry for the hijack
 

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How tall is is 192cm. Eric
About 6' 4". See the Ole Fossil has a pretty good eye I said you look about 6' 5".

More Hijacking Chuckie:eek::eek::eek:

Truly sorry.:eek:
 

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If the largest bike you have had is a 250 you need to find a Wing for a test ride. It's not for the faint of heart, nor is it a whale that can't be handled. The last thing you want is a bike that you can't ride or don't feel safe on. There are a lot of other smaller bikes out there that may meet your need also. But most of us who have a Wing would never go back and hang on to them as long as we can.

Ride safe and enjoy the forum..
 

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welcome to the forum chuckie from Massachusetts I'm also a newbie.You will love a wing. Wings are the way to fly Welcome again
 

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If your legs and knees are in good shape, I don't see any reason why you couldn't handle a Goldwing. I'm a decade younger, but had never been on a motorcycle of any kind until 6 years ago. I started with a 50 cc scooter (we still have 'em), bought a VTX 1300 two years later, and an 05 1800 Goldwing the next year. The weight took a bit of getting use to at slow speeds, but it is an absolute pleasure to ride.
 
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