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Old 07-19-2010, 03:10 PM   #1
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What 60 Yr old in his right mind...

Would ride 1450+ miles solo on a 30 year-old bike he had never seen before?

A couple of months ago, my wife and I took a ride to Round Top Texas from Houston on my 1980 Honda CB900 custom. We were riding with another couple, who were on a Valkyrie.

My wife and I are a bit cramped on the 900, and when we got home she said we need a bigger bike.
Well, being the dutiful husband that I am, I began scouring Craigslist and Ebay for a 250 mile radius.
I saw a few that looked promising in the $1,800 to $2,500 range, and was all set to go out and look at a couple of them the following weekend.

As luck would have it, my boss told me he needed me to go to Red Wing Minnesota to do some database reporting for a shoe company out there (I won't mention the company name, but they make indestructible work boots).

Anyway, while I was there, I still kept checking the ads, and found bikes up there are considerably cheaper than they are in Texas, where we get to ride 52 weeks per year.

I found an ad for an '81 GoldWing, with 55,000 miles on it for $1,275.00.
I called the owner, who after a bit of visiting, said he would take 1,000 for the bike if the deal were done right away.
He had drunk the kool-aid, and bought a big V-twin.
I drove the rental car 155 miles to Spicer Mn, and decided the bike might just make the trip back to Texas.

Next thing I did was to check to see if the company would pay me mileage to "drive" back instead of book another flight. they said said yes.
I figured 1,000 minus about 400 for mileage, and I'd have 600 bucks (plus one night at a motel) in the old 'Wing, so I turned my rental car in at St Cloud, Mn. 60 miles away.
The bike owner gave me a ride from St Cloud to Spicer, where the bike was, I gave him the grand, and headed out.
Rode it back to Red Wing safely, gained a little confidence in it, decided that the fact that the Gas and Temp gauges quit was no big deal, so I spent the last night and day in red Wing.

I left work Friday at about 3:30, and headed out hwy 19 west toward Interstate 35, which would be the most picturesque 60 miles of the entire trip home.
Everything looks pretty much the same once you get on the Interstate.
I made Des Moines that evening, slept 'till 6:00, ate the "Continental Breakfast" nothing like cold hard-boiled eggs and hard bagels to get you going

Well, I got on the road at about 6:30, and rolled into My parents driveway in Irving, Tx (near Dallas) at 7:30 PM.
Never got rained on, though I just missed some showers in north Texas that evening.

The next morning, the 250 miles to Houston were pretty much a snap, though my tailbone was a bit sore by then.



An interesting note:
While on a 100 mile turnpike in Kansas, I pulled in for some gas, and a fellow came up and asked me what year the bike was.
I told him it was an '81, and he said he had owned an '80 back in the day.
I shared how I had been up in Minnesota on a job, and decided to buy it and ride home to Houston, and he responded "You gotta be kidding!"
I thought he meant because of my foolhardiness, but it turns out that he had driven up through Minnesota, to Fargo - just up the road from St Cloud - to buy a bike, and trailer it home
...To HOUSTON!!

What'r the odds?

I'll try to post a pic of the bike later, but haven't ever tried that here.

God really does take care of little children and old fools.

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Old 07-19-2010, 03:59 PM   #2
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Nice. Lets see pics of the new baby. No better way to get to know a new to you bike than a road trip
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Old 07-19-2010, 05:36 PM   #3
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Sounds like a deal.
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Old 07-19-2010, 07:28 PM   #4
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OK, here goes a try to post a picture of the bike.
BTW, the fluid on the pavement in the foreground ain't from the bike.
I kinda liked the look with the bags and windshield instead of a fairing.
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Old 07-19-2010, 08:39 PM   #5
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Awesome! Love spur of the moment stuff like this, sounds like you found the right deal at the right time and it worked out great.
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Old 07-20-2010, 04:11 AM   #6
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Wow. Crash bars and all. The accessories on that unit are worth more than what you paid. SCORE!
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Old 07-20-2010, 06:26 AM   #7
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Very cool. I love the old Goldwings. Nice find.
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Old 07-20-2010, 06:42 AM   #8
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Nice ride!! It should prove a reliable and fun bike.. thanks for posting.
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Old 07-21-2010, 08:21 AM   #9
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I love these fly and ride type reports!

Anyone need a bike delivered from San Diego?!
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Old 07-21-2010, 02:46 PM   #10
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In retrospect, I wish I had ridden down the road along the Mississippi, it would have taken longer, but I bet it would have been a lot more interesting - and yielded some good pictures.
As it was, I figured I ought to stick to the interstate since I didn't really have any idea of the history of the bike, and U-haul locations might be easier to locate along the main drag.

When I got back, some friends reminded me I am not young anymore.
Oddly, when I was on the road I completely forgot about that.

I told my wife that when I get too old to do long trips on the Motorcycle, I will have to do them on the bicycle.
Farthest I have ever been on the bicycle in one day is 212 miles.
Did that a couple of times.

Talk about a sore butt!
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Old 07-23-2010, 05:48 PM   #11
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Old? Bah! You sound young to me :)

Guy came into work and we started talking about bikes (my Suzuki Bandit) and his (some expensive bicycle).

Neat guy and he mentioned he rode a hill on his daily ride and he always tried to go faster than 32mph but couldn't. But, he said, that's not too bad for a 70 year old....

Anyway, nice bike! Guyess I'll look for my next one up North, too :)
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Old 07-23-2010, 06:25 PM   #12
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on the bicycle in one day is 212 miles.
Did that a couple of times.

Talk about a sore butt!

212 miles in one day ....
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Old 07-25-2010, 12:37 AM   #13
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The New Adventure bike

Congratulations on your *find*. Looks like its all set up for two-up riding too. Way 2 Go.
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Old 07-25-2010, 04:49 PM   #14
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Great thread. Always love to see someone not afraid of a little un-planned adventure.
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Old 07-26-2010, 02:24 PM   #15
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Old? Bah! You sound young to me :)


Neat guy and he mentioned he rode a hill on his daily ride and he always tried to go faster than 32mph but couldn't. But, he said, that's not too bad for a 70 year old....
I can't get up to 32 uphill, but can still do it on a flat.
(dead sprint, 10 seconds - and I am toast.)
Last year, when I was riding a lot, we would do 40 miles, and come back with a 24 mph average.

I think those days are gone for me.
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