not at all, if you are old it can only make you feel young again,I last rode 30 years ago. I've got the itch again and find the Vulcan 2000 LT Classic irresitable. I'm in good health and good shape, but probably older than most of your fathers. Am I biting off more than I can chew with this bike?
Well, unless you're over 80, you're not older than my father.I last rode 30 years ago. I've got the itch again and find the Vulcan 2000 LT Classic irresitable. I'm in good health and good shape, but probably older than most of your fathers. Am I biting off more than I can chew with this bike?
The Vulcan 2000 LT is a beautiful bike. I like the black/cherry one myself, not sure what year it came out (2009?). But I've been riding now for 5 years (after a 25 yr. hiatus), and even with an MSF course and 65,000 trouble-free miles behind me, I still wouldn't get on the V2K. I'd call that "pushing my luck" as my mother used to say.I last rode 30 years ago. I've got the itch again and find the Vulcan 2000 LT Classic irresitable. I'm in good health and good shape, but probably older than most of your fathers. Am I biting off more than I can chew with this bike?
Yes, length is a large part of it, but there are several other issues that come into play as well. How the motorcycle fits you, is probably as big as anything, especially at low speeds. I needed to shorten my distance to the grips, so I could sit straight and still lock the handlebars on each side. Once I did that, my slow speed issues were minimized.I am wondering about riding and maneuvering the bike at walking speeds in a parking lot. My guess is that longer would be more of a problem than heavier. But I would also guess that with a little practice it would no longer be an issue.
You're welcome, Mike. The DVD was invaluable to me, for low speed maneuvers and I implemented many of the tips immediately, with strong improvement.Thanks for the offer, Kerry. Hope I never have to consider it. I'm in Maine, so there won't be any riding for another 3-4 months. Your suggestions re videos and books are appreciated. I didn't know they existed.
Mike,In the Wind: I appreciate your time and advice. I see that you live in Massachusetts. I wonder if you live in or near Boston or along the US 1/I-95 corridor. I live in Maine and go down to Boston often--for example, I'll be there with my wife next Thursday--and could make time in the late morning or early afternoon to meet and talk a bit about bikes and riding, if that would be of interest to you and compatible with your work schedule. I'm a physician and consider myself a serious, if venturesome, person. I do other recreational activities that entail the risk of serious injury or death, but I am not a thrill junky. I'd like to ride, I'd like to ride a big bike, and I'd like to live (in good health) to talk about it. Your experience might help me in this decision. Best regards.
I strongly echo this advice. I rode a Honda Sport 50 in high school in the 1960's and then did not ride for 40 years. I took the MSF course and then rode a Yamaha 650 for a year and 6000 miles. It helped me regain the skills as well as confidence riding in a lot of different situations. I then moved up to a 2009 Vulcan Nomad 1700. Buy an inexpensive used bike with the idea that you will move up when you are confident that you are ready.I have a 2007 Honda VTX 1800, which I bought new in 07, it is wonderful for the 2up riding we do. I had heart surgery, unexpectedly, in June and found it much too heavy to handle. We found and bought an almost new 2007 1500 Vulcan and love it. I guess I should say I"m 60 and thought I was in great shape also---- retired USMC Master Gunnery Sergeant.
I have been riding and owning bikes for the past 46 years all over the world. I would never consider a 2000 Classic after that much of a break. Take the course, look for a small used beginner bike---less $ invested if you decide it's not for you or you bang it up, get some practice, improve your skills and then move up to a larger bike.
Riding has changed so much in 30 years and not for the better you wont believe it. Good luck what ever you do.
HI I just started to ride a year ago I will be 67 in Aug. Have a Kawasaki 900 Vulcan LT, Ho what I have missed all the years. At this age yes it is a bit hairy, But I love it soooooo much. I now live to ride. That is now my life.