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Old 06-16-2013, 08:01 AM   #1
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How old are you guys?

I'm 31 now and have been riding adventure style bikes since I was 24. Something that I have noticed is that I'm often one of the youngest if not the youngest guys riding in a group. Not that I mind you old-timers; your old man strength has come in handy time and time again. I'm just wondering why more young folk haven't picked adventure riding up yet.

At first I thought it was probably just an issue of price point, but then I realized that is just stupid. A brand spankin new KLR is still less than 7k. There are certainly no shortage of 21 year olds in Colorado Springs who drop 15k on a Busa and another 2-3k on leathers and other kit.

Then I thought it's probably just not exciting enough. Who am I kidding though? What's more exciting than riding the Great Divide on a few hundred pounds of metal and rubber?

It probably has something to do with girls. Girls think ADV bikes are ugly. My wife certainly does... but she also understands it. She'd much rather me have my 800GS than a S1000RR (although it is on the list).

But perhaps I'm getting ahead of myself. Maybe you all aren't as old as I believe. Is anyone here younger than 30 and riding a 650+ adv bike?
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Old 06-16-2013, 08:11 AM   #2
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I'm 31 now and have been riding adventure style bikes since I was 24. Something that I have noticed is that I'm often one of the youngest if not the youngest guys riding in a group. Not that I mind you old-timers; your old man strength has come in handy time and time again. I'm just wondering why more young folk haven't picked adventure riding up yet.

At first I thought it was probably just an issue of price point, but then I realized that is just stupid. A brand spankin new KLR is still less than 7k. There are certainly no shortage of 21 year olds in Colorado Springs who drop 15k on a Busa and another 2-3k on leathers and other kit.

Then I thought it's probably just not exciting enough. Who am I kidding though? What's more exciting than riding the Great Divide on a few hundred pounds of metal and rubber?

It probably has something to do with girls. Girls think ADV bikes are ugly. My wife certainly does... but she also understands it. She'd much rather me have my 800GS than a S1000RR (although it is on the list).

But perhaps I'm getting ahead of myself. Maybe you all aren't as old as I believe. Is anyone here younger than 30 and riding a 650+ adv bike?

They can't afford one.........
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Old 06-16-2013, 08:15 AM   #3
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Nah, price can't be it. Like I said, these guys drop several thousand more on sports bikes than they would on even a mid level, slightly used BMW or KTM. The more I think about it, the more I'm beginning to think that most don't have exposure to it - they don't even know the world of adventure exists.
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Old 06-16-2013, 08:14 AM   #4
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I feel incredibly awkward at any BMW gathering because of the age difference. I have had my F800GS for almost 3 years and I am still only 29.
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Old 06-16-2013, 08:18 AM   #5
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I feel incredibly awkward at any BMW gathering because of the age difference. I have had my F800GS for almost 3 years and I am still only 29.
haha, great pics! How much does all that stuff weigh?
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Old 06-16-2013, 08:17 AM   #6
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I'm 28 turning 29 August.

This is my 2nd bike. My first bike I got when I was 23 and it was a 2009 Night Rod Special. Loved it but I needed a more practical bike especially for long distance trips. I sold cause having 2 bikes is expensive here in Canada. My Harley was $ 1400 per year and the BMW is $ 1300.

That's with a clean record...

But yea I was the youngest guy with a Harley and now youngest with a BMW haha.
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Old 06-16-2013, 08:30 AM   #7
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I call it duaplsortin...period

I'm 27 with a 2012 F800GS. My first moto was a DR650 at age 19 because I figured, "Why get a road bike or dirtbike when I can have both??" 3 years later I got a Ninja 500. Then I wanted a dualsport again because I didn't like trucking my dirtbike to trails, I'd rather ride there. So I got the Beemer last year (I like long rides and I ride it like a dirtbike). Most people think it looks cool. It's not the most popular thing in the states because many of the bigger dualsports, while being fantastic road machines, look quite utilitarian and odd. Smaller ones look like dirtbikes. Image plays a big part Stateside. ADVers are out having fun while the rest are looking cool at the bar and coffee shop.
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Old 06-16-2013, 08:30 AM   #8
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Bought a brand new F800GS full option when i was 25 last year

Had to work for a year and stop any useless purchase while getting my (overpriced) dutch motorcycle licence. In total that and bike cost me around 20 000 usd. Since then i dumped at least 5000 dollars into fuel, maintenance, tat and gear.

Main problem with adv bikes is theres no place to let them out in the Netherlands. Its atleast 1 to 2 hour ride to find a small place to have some fun. (2 hours will generally get you out of the country too).
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Old 06-16-2013, 08:31 AM   #9
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haha, great pics! How much does all that stuff weigh?
I never did weigh it. However, my tent weighs in at 11lbs, and my camera gear is also around 10lbs... so a rough estimate 90-110lbs max.
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Old 06-16-2013, 08:48 AM   #10
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I say its all about the ladies. You young fellows think the girls are attracted to hot virile young studs riding fast sports bikes not ugly slow dualsports. Us old guys could give a crap what the young ladies like in a bike, at our age, we know they are only attracted to our bank balances and a good way to demonstrate the robustness of one's cash reserves is to ride the most expensive most farkled out bike around. No better choice than a GS to fit that bill.
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Old 06-16-2013, 09:20 AM   #11
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I always had any eye on the "big" adventure bikes for years when I was younger. $$ was never the thing that kept me from buying one.

These were the reasons I never pulled the trigger:
First, Honda's were always cheaper and parts were always WAY easier to get when you're out in BFE and you cracked a side cover or blew a fork seal.

Second, and this one will probably get me in a bit of hot water in this forum:
Let's face it, most BMW riders don't do the brand any favors, most are pretentious, Harley/Ducati types that have a chip on their shoulders and I personally never wanted to be part of "That club"

Third, Back then being younger, we mostly liked to ride more aggressively and want a lighter, more off road capable bike for true woods/single track riding. BMW just doesn't cater to that market, full stop.
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Old 06-16-2013, 08:57 AM   #12
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Bought my '09 when I was 20, in 09.

After some fairly easy math, that means I'm 24 now. Still probably one of the youngest f8 riders -shrug-

Oh, I also have a k75.... when I was a kid my dad said I had to ride something with soul. He rode triumphs and ducs, gotta follow the rules yet make my own path.. hah
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Old 06-16-2013, 09:04 AM   #13
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28 here, bought when I was 27
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Old 06-16-2013, 09:32 AM   #14
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Early 40s here. Rode trail bikes off-road before being old enough for the road. Had various bikes about me the whole way through life- including a TDM at one stage. But never a sportsbike.

Personally I see the world slowly changing. Traillies were always the poor relation on-road- OK for a bimble or going to work on but limiting in other ways.
But more modern technology has created ADV bikes that happily outhandle the road and "sports" bikes of twenty years back, and do so in COMFORT.

Would anyone have expected commuting or couriering on a 12GS, thirty years back? No, certainly not. Could we have conceived of a nippy, flickable 800 twin then? Nope not that either. ADV is the new normal bike.

There are superb biking roads locally. And there's nothing I like to see better than a crowd of young leather-clad crotchrocket pilots thinking they're "on the edge", only to find the fully-loaded GS being skillfully scythed through them...

It's not about age, it's about maturity.
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Old 06-16-2013, 09:56 AM   #15
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27, had my GS for 4 years, started riding when I was 20 and it was adventure bikes that made me get a licence!
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