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I don't feel so old at age 69 by knowing there are older guys out there still riding.
Welcome from the South Coast UK. I've got a mate Dennis who still rides the same Tiger Cub he bought from new. Every year he says "This'll be my last year of riding" and every year he continues. He has had to have the seat reworked to take foam out as he is getting shorter with age. Dennis will be celebrating his 88th birthday this year. Guys like you and Dennis are a true inspiration. Thank you and welcome!
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Well I know when I was younger there were several things that affected my bike purchasing.... first and foremost... Funds. Then you also have style, desire and so forth. I could not imagine spending heaps of money for a cruiser bike when I could buy a dirt bike, sport bike and scooter for the cost of one cruiser bike when I was in my 20s. At least for me... and most guys who ride that I know (Mind you most of us ride dirt bikes, adventure bikes and Super Motard type bikes) we didn't get into cruisers till later in life when we had more disposable income and didn't have to give up the other bikes that we love and still ride.I'm surprised at the low number of riders under 50. I suspect the really younger riders haven't gotten out of the crotch rocket stage yet and a large percentage of others are working hard to pay off mortgages, send kids to college and keep in groceries and gasoline and simply don't have the time and money for an expensive bike.
We had a guy who would put studded tires on his bike and home made "landing gear" / "Training wheels" and ride year round. Talk about dedicated. It was about -23 degrees one morning on my way to work and this bloke goes blasting past me like I am standing still. I love riding... but admit to not being that dedicated. He was so bundled up and usually went by so fast I never really saw what type of bike it was. But it did not have full fairings, I do know that.73 years old, ride my Springfield when I can except in cold Michigan weather. Was able to put 4500 miles on it in 2021.