Any Old Guys (Over 50) Riding the Africa Twin? - Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin Forum
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post #1 of 166 (permalink) Old 08-24-2018, 12:17 PM Thread Starter
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Cool Any Old Guys (Over 50) Riding the Africa Twin?

I'm over 60 and used to ride Enduros in my teens and 20s so when a road worthy dirt bike the size of the Africa Twin, after researching the possible alternatives (KTM, BMW, Ducatti, Triumph, Yamaha, etc.), it stimulated my desire to get back in the saddle again. It's a different world with issues like no insured medical coverage for motorcyclists with my insurance company (in my state?) and a lack of bikes on the road but a plethora of automobiles. Finally I hopped on a section I-24 for three exits and while crossing the Ohio river at 75 mph was blown about a bit then was blown passed by a Harley bagger and a much smaller Suzuki dual sport. Am I just getting Old? I enjoy the twisties through the woods and the dirt roads, small stream crossings and logging roads even with the stock 90/10s but I'm sure this might be more fun with say a set of Shinko 804/805 combo. I have Nelson Rigg panniers, 15 liter rolls and a 30L Tail Bag but haven't used anything but the panniers for shopping and extra weather gear. Also I have a Oxford First Tank Bag that I don't recommend. The plan is to do some camping, if time permits? I am relatively short (5'8") with a mid life gut and find that wrong footing like stopping beside an unexpected pothole (patched) is enough to cause a critical shift in the bikes gravity (I fell) and subsequent embarrassment. So feel free to share yours!
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post #2 of 166 (permalink) Old 08-24-2018, 01:08 PM
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I'm sure there are a lot of us... I'm 51 and I just traded in my FJ09 for a new AT Adventure Sports (DCT). It's an Amazing bike. I've been riding on and off since I was 14 and this is the best bike I've ever ridden. I've only had it a month, so no real trips yet. I have put 800 miles on it in the past month though up and down I95 to work and weekend rides in the country. As long as you can hold that bike up (98% of the time ) and enjoy riding, you're not to old. I'm 6'2" and I find the ATAS pretty tall when stopping next to a pothole or ditch in the road. It's given me a scare a few times.
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post #4 of 166 (permalink) Old 08-24-2018, 03:38 PM
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I'm turning 51 in October, but I'm not an old guy!
I love my AT, it's about to turn spring here and as winter ends I'm looking forward to getting out and riding my AT a lot more.
Forget about your age and ride your bike!
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I'm 63 and purchased a used '17 DCT about 3 weeks ago. My intent was to wait until 2019 or maybe even 2020 to find a great deal on a black 2018. But ..... along came the '17 at such a great price I could not say no. Glad I did not wait! This bike has more power than I'll ever need and more options to configure the operation than I'll ever use. I'll use it 80-20 pavement to gravel roads and some cutting across pasture land. I'll do many 1 day to 3 day road trips and also use it for some coyote calling. So ....... I'll need to practice some tire/tube removal in the near future. I'm looking forward to many years of great service from this bike, I take very good care of my vehicles and being a Honda, I know we'll get along just fine. I told the wife when I get too old and start falling off the bike, I'll just add a sidecar and keep on motoring. Ride safe!
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I'm 64 and I ain't riding no bike with a red seat. Found a gray 16 and most importantly a black seat. I'll paint in the black European scheme as soon as I get it home. I ride third world, a red seat would and should get you killed.

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I take a flight out of Houston to Spokane on the 1st, night in Spokane, 5AM bus to Missoula Montana, seller picks me up...30 miles south ......I gear up, camp at Grand Teton because they have more primitive (no RV) sites and spend three days carousing Yellowstone using Teton as a base.

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I'm 64 and I ain't riding no bike with a red seat. Found a gray 16 and most importantly a black seat. I'll paint in the black European scheme as soon as I get it home. I ride third world, a red seat would and should get you killed.

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I take a flight out of Houston to Spokane on the 1st, night in Spokane, 5AM bus to Missoula Montana, seller picks me up...30 miles south ......I gear up, camp at Grand Teton because they have more primitive (no RV) sites and spend three days carousing Yellowstone using Teton as a base.

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I'm 70, bought the ATAS one month ago - off to the Pyrenees next month. Good test for me and the bike, and my lower back issues!!
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I'm 65 and brought my AT DCT two years ago (July 16).
Have clocked up 46,000Km and I think the bike is great.
I ride it most days to and from work (summer & winter) and also try to get out on her at least once in the weekend.
Have upgraded the suspension and fitted Barkbusters BBZ fabric blizzard over the storm guards. The Honda heated grips work a lot better now.
I also have a 1992 Honda GL1500A Goldwing that is parked up most of the time (got to sell her).
Looking forward to summer and attending lots of motorcycle rallies and camping (tenting).
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i am 59. been adventure riding for about 10 years and just bought Black 2018 AT DCT and ready to go.
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