How old , how long on a bike

baloo2650

2018
CB650F ABS
May 14, 2019
Ontario, Canada
Riding Since
1998
I got a summer job on a farm at 13y/o - saved up and bought a used '84 CR 80. That old dirtbike and I went through some up's and down's... :) That was in 1990ish and have been riding in some form since then, Dirt/Street/Track, any time on a bike is good time.
 

ghehen

2018
CBR650F ABS
Jun 27, 2019
Vietnam
i'm 30. Fist ride at 15yo but since then almost standard, small and automatic clutch bikes and scooters =)). Riding on a manual clutch bike just from 2019. 650F is my first big bike and 1 year of real riding :)))
 

Danny Linguini

2020
CB650R
Apr 26, 2020
Riding Since
1974
62, been riding for around 40 years, didn’t actually own my own bike until 1990-ish, a 1983 Honda GL650 Silver Wing Interstate handed down from dad. Had several other bikes through the years, mostly cruisers with a few sport tourers mixed in. My last full size bike was a 2014 Valkyrie that sadly barely got ridden (like 2400 miles in three seasons) - I just kind if lost interest in riding and sold it just over a year ago. A few months later a Honda Monkey if all things rekindled the the flame, so I grabbed one and tooled around on it for a bit last year.

But my first ride of the season on it this year was a little disappointing - as fun as the Monkey is, it just wasn’t up to the task for the suburban back roads I like to ride. I was actually looking for a used CB1100 to replace it, because I like the idea of the retro look with modern mechanicals, but there were none to be found in the area. One night while hitting the classifieds again I stumbled on the CB650R, which although the price was a bit more than I wanted to spend, it checked all the other boxes - light, midsized, enough zip to have some fun (turns out it’s got a lot more zip than that), and styling to die for. The rest is history.

Bikes over the years:
1983 Honda GL650 Interstate <— handed down from dad, rest his soul
1995 Honda Shadow 1100
1992 Honda ST1100
1999 Honda VFR800
2002 Honda ST1300
2004 Honda VTX1300C
2005 Honda VTX1800C <— the one I most regret ever getting rid of
2001 Honda Magna 750
2011 Triumph Thunderbird 1600
2014 Honda CTX1300
2014 Honda Valkyrie 1800 <— sold outright, thought I was done riding
2019 Honda Monkey
2020 Honda CB650R

Total miles? No idea. If I had to guess, I’d say somewhere around 100k miles.

R @Road Hog, 72 years young and riding a hooligan bike like that? God bless you!! 😄
 
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baloo2650

2018
CB650F ABS
May 14, 2019
Ontario, Canada
Riding Since
1998
i'm 30. Fist ride at 15yo but since then almost standard, small and automatic clutch bikes and scooters =)). Riding on a manual clutch bike just from 2019. 650F is my first big bike and 1 year of real riding :)))
That's awesome bro!! Take your time learning. Lookup and read about riding technique. Lot's of good info out there. Better than that, go take a riding course, if you can... Cheers and stay safe.
 

baloo2650

2018
CB650F ABS
May 14, 2019
Ontario, Canada
Riding Since
1998
62, been riding for around 40 years, didn’t actually own my own bike until 1990-ish, a 1983 Honda GL650 Silver Wing Interstate handed down from dad. Had several other bikes through the years, mostly cruisers with a few sport tourers mixed in. My last full size bike was a 2014 Valkyrie that sadly barely got ridden (like 2400 miles in three seasons) - I just kind if lost interest in riding and sold it just over a year ago. A few months later a Honda Monkey if all things rekindled the the flame, so I grabbed one and tooled around on it for a bit last year.

But my first ride of the season on it this year was a little disappointing - as fun as the Monkey is, it just wasn’t up to the task for the suburban back roads I like to ride. I was actually looking for a used CB1100 to replace it, because I like the idea of the retro look with modern mechanicals, but there were none to be found in the area. One night while hitting the classifieds again I stumbled on the CB650R, which although the price was a bit more than I wanted to spend, it checked all the other boxes - light, midsized, enough zip to have some fun (turns out it’s got a lot more zip than that), and styling to die for. The rest is history.

Bikes over the years:
1983 Honda GL650 Interstate <— handed down from dad, rest his soul
1995 Honda Shadow 1100
1992 Honda ST1100
1999 Honda VFR800
2002 Honda ST1300
2004 Honda VTX1300C
2005 Honda VTX1800C <— the one I most regret ever getting rid of
2001 Honda Magna 750
2011 Triumph Thunderbird 1600
2014 Honda CTX1300
2014 Honda Valkyrie 1800 <— sold outright, thought I was done riding
2019 Honda Monkey
2020 Honda CB650R

Total miles? No idea. If I had to guess, I’d say somewhere around 100k miles.

R @Road Hog, 72 years young and riding a hooligan bike like that? God bless you!! 😄
Cool story Mr. Linguini, thanks for sharing it here. The CB's are a pretty nice balance. I did see the VFR in there though, in between the cruisers! Enjoy the bike and stay safe!
 

ghehen

2018
CBR650F ABS
Jun 27, 2019
Vietnam
That's awesome bro!! Take your time learning. Lookup and read about riding technique. Lot's of good info out there. Better than that, go take a riding course, if you can... Cheers and stay safe.
thank bro, still learning how to cornering in proper way. Riding a big bike is a lot harder. Fistly struggle with revmatching - which important to non-slipper & assist clutch like 650f. Ride and learn at the same time and most info i got is from youtube :)). I will take a riding course when it's avaiable.
 

baloo2650

2018
CB650F ABS
May 14, 2019
Ontario, Canada
Riding Since
1998
thank bro, still learning how to cornering in proper way. Riding a big bike is a lot harder. Fistly struggle with revmatching - which important to non-slipper & assist clutch like 650f. Ride and learn at the same time and most info i got is from youtube :)). I will take a riding course when it's avaiable.
I've been riding here in Canada on big bikes for a long time, but I've also spent quite a bit of time on a bike in Asia. (riding a scooter in Shanghai, Karachi, etc.) Bro, you have the skills to keep yourself safe on the 650. Don't worry too much about rev-matching. Just practice keeping first couple fingers on the brake lever, the throttle control comes from your wrist after that. It doesn't take much movement on the grip to blip your engine. You already know this, but when cornering just look where you want to go. Be aware of the crazy shit around you but do not stop and look at it. Find the place on the road with your eyes where you want to be, and your body and the bike will follow. The bike you have now will do things that are really awesome. Let it lean and then roll into the power... Enjoy, and again my friend - stay safe!
 

Road Hog

2014
CBR650F ABS
May 4, 2017
Thailand
At 72 you start making a bucket list and last week I ticked one off.To keep riding you must be fit and not over weight.

Exercise daily and no drinking or smoking but plenty of sex.I am thinking of trading up soon so you are never too old

to ride if you look after yourself.
 

Uncle Meat

2018
CBR650F ABS
650 Alumnus
May 11, 2020
London
Riding Since
1979
I'm 58 and have been riding since I was 17. I have no idea how many miles I have done? but I used to ride to the TT Races in the 80's and have taken my old MHR Ducati to the dutch grand prix in Assen a few times.

My biggest achievement on a bike was that I lived in Thailand for 4 years and survived owning a 125. Which quite frankly is a miracle o_O

I never counted 'miles ridden' then (or now) to be honest. Must be a new thing?

These days my bike is just a fun way to get to work and back as public transport is so expensive in London! Using a bike there is no conjestion charge and I have free underground parking. Happy Days.
 
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Road Hog

2014
CBR650F ABS
May 4, 2017
Thailand
Baloo2650, Dude ,I got your first message ,so you drink and smoke and like to stay fit? ,than you said some other things

which is -------true.I started my bucket list late because I hope to have many more years of riding left. Happy trails Baloo2650.
 

Rogue

2017
CBR650F ABS
CBR650F
Sep 3, 2017
St Albans, Herts, UK
I'm 53 and have been riding for the last 25 years.
I mainly use the bike for daily commuting. I would love to be able to do some touring etc., but it is a little difficult to afford the time and cost when the rest of your family do not share my interest in bikes.
I have no hard figures on mileage but would estimate I have done around 250K miles since I'm an all year round biker clocking up 10-12 K miles per year
 

Polanca

2015
CBR650F ABS
Apr 2, 2019
I’m 43 and have been riding on the road since 1998.
And covered just over 100.000 miles
Bikes I have had over the years are
Yamaha fzr 400. Suzuki bandit 600. Kawasaki zx750r. Honda vfr1000 sp1. Honda fireblade 929. Honda fireblade 918. Honda cg125. Kawasaki versys650. Honda cbr650f.
 

CrazyTugz

2019
CB650R ABS
Mar 23, 2020
Portugal
Riding Since
2019
22 years,riding since january, stopped on the lockdown sadly(almost 3 months, march-may), almos 6k km on the bike,im a newbie with a dad that likes hondas and helped me choose this bike restricted as first,naked all the way up bc i dont want supersport ergo and performance,i think i cant control myself, so safety first,my dad is 55 and rides an ´20 Africa Twin AS
 
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