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    1) If I can ride I will prefer it over driving. May even invent reasons to go run errands just to ride. Uh oh, need a pound of vennison for a recipe and it's only sold at a little butcher shop in the next town.....

    2)43 till August, then if I remember 44, but may just stay 43 anoher year.

    Got a learner's permit for the bike at seventeen in 1990 and never officially had the endorsement on my license until 2004. Initially I had a Rebel 250 but sold it for GS850 which was the sole trnsportation in the house. My dad drove an 18 wheeler around the country and my mom didn't even have a driver's license so there was no car in the home. I took her grocery shopping with the saddlebags and the backrest with the rack on it we could carry quite a bit. Mom had a blast riding with me.
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    My bike is mainly a stress reliever.... and growing kids / family obligations don't allow me to relive as much stress as I'd like. I also use it whenever I can to pick up small items. I'm sometimes a bit envious of those who can ride to work - a company van is my work ride.
    I grew up riding mini bikes, dirt bikes, ATCs, and whatever else we could make go. I got my bike license in '91 and have been riding ever since, though the aforementioned family responsiblity has greatly reduced my miles ridden in recent years.

    44, ill be 45 in August.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dorkburger View Post
    My bike is mainly a stress reliever.... and growing kids / family obligations don't allow me to relive as much stress as I'd like. I also use it whenever I can to pick up small items. I'm sometimes a bit envious of those who can ride to work - a company van is my work ride.
    I grew up riding mini bikes, dirt bikes, ATCs, and whatever else we could make go. I got my bike license in '91 and have been riding ever since, though the aforementioned family responsiblity has greatly reduced my miles ridden in recent years.

    44, ill be 45 in August.
    Good on you for focusing on family. As Ed mentioned in another thread, family first (thanks Ed BTW). Bikes will always be there, kids grow then they're gone! After picking my 6yr old son up from soccer practice running late for cub scouts, he fell asleep on the back of my KLR650. Darn near fell off. That woke me up for sure. Bikes had to wait a bit and that's ok. It was neat though to pull up on the KLR and referee a soccer game or two, but stuff, kids, and busyness made me put it aside for a while.
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    By my count, half of the folks who have responded so far are 55+
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    Quote Originally Posted by kerrfunk View Post
    By my count, half of the folks who have responded so far are 55+
    That's good to see. Though it doesn't surprise me considering the age of the GS line.

    I stopped at a Waffle House in Piqua, OH the other day (in my car). While I was eating, a group of four Harley riders showed up and gathered outside to converse for a while before they came into the restaurant. I think I can say safely that GS riders differ pretty significantly from Harley riders!
    Rekindling an old enthusiasm with this '81 GS850G. Also own a very nice '81 Honda CB900 Custom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burque73 View Post
    Good on you for focusing on family. As Ed mentioned in another thread, family first (thanks Ed BTW). Bikes will always be there, kids grow then they're gone! After picking my 6yr old son up from soccer practice running late for cub scouts, he fell asleep on the back of my KLR650. Darn near fell off. That woke me up for sure. Bikes had to wait a bit and that's ok. It was neat though to pull up on the KLR and referee a soccer game or two, but stuff, kids, and busyness made me put it aside for a while.
    Yes, thanks for the mention Roger!

    I'm slowly getting the things I need to do in order to get my bike back on the road.


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    Quote Originally Posted by GSXR7ED View Post
    EDIT: Come on Steve, we're all wanting to know the age of the GS Whisperer.
    Look at item #2 in post #6.

    Then look at the same item in post #1.

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    I was introduced to motorcycling at a young age. Being the youngest of four boys, my older brothers had a big influence on me. I started out riding mini bikes and reading magazines. Later in my teen years (1978-1984) I was big into Motocross. We would go to watch all the National and Grand Prix races with in 1000 miles. After graduating high school, I got big into Drag Racing. I got a great deal on a 1982 GS 1100e. I proceeded to take the Sawzall to it! Raked the steering stem, 6"over swing arm, 6" wide rear tire... I raced from 1985-1991. Those were some great years! I picked up my 81 1100e street bike in 1990. I rode the wheels off of it. About 1995 I hooked up with a girlfriend and her daughter. Instead of buying motorcycle parts I was now buying Beenie Babys! The motorcycles got put into storage for about five years. The daughter got older so I ditched the girlfriend. I started to rebuild the 1100e, I detuned the race engine and put it into my street bike. Talk about your ultimate bar hopper! I was looking for a more user friendly motorcycle and thats when I found my 850g. It started to get some recognition at some of the shows and Bike Nites that I'd go to. I decided that I need another motorcycle, so I bought my 1000e. I think my project for next year is to get the drag bike back in race condition... Oh, I'm 52 going on 18☺
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    1) how do you use your bike mainly?
    2) how old are you?

    1) - I own 2 motorcycles right now-
    My Goldwing is used for 2 up riding with she who must be obeyed; and any time I have a lot to carry along ; or any long distance trip (over 500 miles in one day)
    Or any other day I would rather have a smooth ride with fuel injection and big comfortable seat
    The GS850 is my commuter bike - to work, around the neighborhood, bike nights, etc. Fun to tinker on and with and great to ride.
    Not as good in cold weather so in early Spring and late fall you will find me on the Wing in full heated gear.

    2) Got my motorcycle endorsement in 1978 - My Father would not let me get a license nor a motorcycle until I was of legal age to vote and had the ability to pay all the expenses on my own. I was 19 years old - Now I am approaching 58 and still the coolest guy in my family
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    Quote Originally Posted by MI GS850G guy View Post
    ....When I finally have my '81 GS850G up and running correctly, I don't expect it's going to be much different. I have enjoyed the Honda very much for short jaunts out of town on nice days, on lightly-traveled roads......

    Scott
    I'm very pleased with how the 850 handles in town. It is certainty heavier than some others and a bitch to pick up if you stall in a U-turn or hit a patch of sand in a corner, but a terrific overall bike. As Wymple said in another thread about his 81 850 it leaves him "not needing anything else".
    Another member described the 850 as doing everything well but nothing really exceptionally well, or something to that effect. Sorry, can't recall who said that.
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