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I don`t know if this is going to sound crazy or not, but ever since I bought my Wing 3 years ago, I don`t enjoy driving a car anymore , infact I find it boring. I bought my Maxima SE the same year I purchased the Wing and put only 13,000 miles on it and 26,000 on the Wing, and only get to drive the Wing 6 months of the year here in the north. Could it just be the make of the car, or do others feel the same with theirs. If not, what is a fun car to drive regardless of the way you feel about your bike. Previous to the Wing, I owned a Valkery IS and still enjoyed driving my car from time to time. I`d sure like to find that zest for driving cars again, but don`t know what the problem is. Could anyone shed some light on similar experiences or does it just come with age ? TIA
 

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No Reg, think it has nothing to do with age. Although I'm 67, if I have the choice of pulling the bike out of the shed or driving the car, the only consideration is weather (and perhaps the occasion). Even with a couple trips to Florida on the Tribute, I still have three times the mileage on the bike. Just the nature of the beast, I guess.
 

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Recently I have been forced to drive where as before I could always ride to work. I use to alternate between the ST, Blackbird (before I sold it) and the Wing. As much as I preferred to ride the Wing I would try and save it for the week-ends. Nevertheless I hate to drive regardless of which bike I ride.
 

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Give a nice BMW (like a new M3) or a Porsche 911 a try .... not that this is any better than riding the bike, but a nice alternative once in a while. I for one enjoy using both. Personal preference I assume, just like so many other things in life.
 

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I live up in the snow belt so I have to drive a car 5 months out of the year, many trips between Detroit and Cleveland. I have an Audi A6 2.7T with a 6 speed manual transmission. I have had it up to 135MPH several times and I find that somewhat exciting.
 

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it rained off and on all day today. the thought of taking the truck crossed my mind .but only while i was putting on my rain gear.i end up grudgingly driving the truck about once a month to keep the battery up.but,idraw the line when there is a chance for icy conditions.life is short,live to ride and ride to really live. pav candy orange 03.
 

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Not much ice here in Gilbert Arizona. ;)

The weather was to be light rain for today (friday)

I rode the wing to work, left the 2000 Silverado pickup in the garage.

Yep , I got a little wet
 

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Well, in the summer months, when it's sunny and dry, I have quite a decision to make when I open my garage door. I've got a Corvette sitting right beside my Wing. I love driving them both. Both are exciting in their own way. I can rip through the corners with both. Both have nice acceleration along with top end. I get slapped on the back of the head by the SO when I push the envelope on either. I get this big smile on my face no matter which I'm driving. :D
 

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Why would anybody drive ah car if they didn't have to ?

I don't understand why anyone would choose ah car or truck over ah bike if they didn't have to. I am blessed ta live in th South & am able ta ride everyday, execpt one or two days ah year. I got ah pickup that sits in th driveway, i drive it once every week or two ta keep th batree up. I put 6,000 miles on my truck in two years. We only got so many days ta ride LET'S RIDE DE'M HOSSES YYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:mrgreen:
 

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I got my 2002 BWM 325I in January 2002 and have just turned 10,000 miles on the clock. I'm the original owner of a 1966 Sunbeam Tiger that I purchased in December 1965 and there's only 65,500 miles on the clock. My Wing is 5 months old and has over 8,000 miles on it. Living in FL and being retired allows me ride just about every day so the car is only used for such things like grocery shopping, taking family and friends out to dinner, etc. I've had 7 BMWs so driving one really isn't really a big deal and won't change in January when I turn the 2002 in for a 2005 Z4, I'll still ride the Wing whenever possible. It's just more fun and life should be fun :yes:

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I suppose I`m not the only one then, that finds my car boring. I was thinking about trading my car in on something more exciting, but after most of the threads here, I suspect it`s a normal occurence. :)
 

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Before I got my GL1800 (02), . . . . I was enthusied to drive all types of cars. I retired from the automobile business (2nd career) and drove most of what ever is made. I loved cars, fast cars, cars that really handled in the curves. Guess that goes back to my first career of State Law Enforcement Officer, . . . . . always in pursuit! :D

But since I got the wing, I only want to ride the wing. Cars sit idle sometimes til the battery goes dead on them. My dream car was a LS400 Lexus, fully loaded. Well, now I have one, and rarely drive it. I also have a fast sporty MR2. It sits too! LOVE THAT GL1800. :D :D :biker: And TOMORROW AT MIDNIGHT, . . .my insurance sleeper is over and the bike comes out of hibernation, . . . YIPPEEEE!! :D
 

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Prior to meeting my wife I averaged about 15,000 miles a year on two wheels, about 10,000 on four. I'm retired now, but as a LEO Motor Officer I also averaged about 1 1/2 Dunlops a year on our Kaw police bikes, I forget what the actual mileage was. Life is good :lol:
 

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Any others out there who don't care what their cage is?LONG

Long years ago I came to the conclusion that auto sales depend on selling males on the idea that their auto is an extension of their personality, and that the image you project is what counts. Not buying into this, I have had no brand loyalty, bought mostly used cars based on price/condition. I can afford new cars, they just aren't important to me. If I were in an occupaton where auto image was important I would buy a prestige vehicle in an instant. My GW (bought new) would be my primary vehicle regardless of what else was in the garage. I don't care about the image even though it is fun to get the compliments you invariably get when on the road. BTW, my cage is a POS '88 Eldorado, which works fine for me. My wife is kind of interested in a Miata, in which case I would probably dump the Eldorado and move up to her old car, a '94 Escort :lol: I do about 16k/yr on the Wing and around 4k on my Lexus, I mean Eldorado. I had wanted a Wing for a long time but had been away from MC's for about 15 yrs. What the heck was I thinking? Bought it without a test ride, not even knowing there had been a redesign in 2001. Best move, Best toy ever! I am FedExing my golf clubs to Palm Springs mid-March so I can ride down and play a few courses. The ride will be the most enjoyable part. Now to find an insurance company that will tolerate a speeding ticket every year or so.
 

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Ever since I moved to Fl. I have ridden a bike for all things. I HATE driving a cage with a passion. You are so insulated from everything. With power brakes, steering, and auto tranny, I honestly don't know why we don't go ahead and make driving computer controlled. Seems it would be about as much fun. (UGH...Yawn)

I'm married now so I have access to a 4 wheeled vehicle but I still ride the Wing for all of my trips.

RIDE ON!
 
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I think we all have at least a bit of this same problem. You said you drive a Maxima. The new 2004 Maxima with 265 horses might add a little spice to your 4wheel driving, but it still is nothing like riding a wing.
 

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Well even though I enjoy the GL1800, I also do enjoy taking a nice day ride in my 2003 Ford SVT Cobra. There's nothing quite like having a 400 hp factory supercharged american V8 pony car to get the blood flowing. And its nice on the hot days to be able to have the AC along with a great stereo. Hmmm, which reminds me, later today its supposed to hit near 50 degrees around here. Time to take each out for a quick 100 mile ride.
 

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Bike or Car

This is a nice thread. Lets me know I am not alone. I have ridden since 1952 and driven since 1950. I have always done more miles on bikes than cages except for a few years while my 6 kids were little. Even then, some of the time the kids rode in a special version of the Tefco Streamliner that had a sedan top and seats, behind my R69S, although those trips were a few hundred miles and not a few thousand miles.

I bought a new Caddie in 1989 and a new Wing in late 1990 (91 se). Since then, I have ridden 26,000, 253,000, 90,000, and 15,000, total of 374,000 on wings. I noticed the Caddie had sat for 2 years in the garage and gave it to the Kidney foundation. I have a business Chevy Express Van that gets about 1,000 miles a year on it. I ride about that many miles a week on the Wing.

I have two Beemers parked in the garage with a lot of pleasant memories, a 63 model R69S and a 74 model R90S. I should pickle them, as it has been decades since they were ridden.

I have the 93 GL1500Se with over a quarter million on it and ride it occasionally. Probably the most reliable thing ever built. Valve covers have never been off. Finally has developed a coolant leak and I need to take a piece of plastic off and tighten a hose clamp.

Worst part of totaling my 01 Wing in a 75 mph wheel lockup was not being able to get another pearl blue wing in 04 (Red now). My wife is bored riding on the back and has an Audi A6 wagon that I loathe. Too many problems but it has a good radio. Riding alone is not the best way, but it beats the heck out of what comes next.

No amount of criticism will offset the theraputic value of riding the Wing. I am 67 now and have earned my right to live the rest of my years in pursuit of this great pleasure and community.

I work about 70 hours a week to bring my new Bike Accessory business forward, but when it gets up and running at speed, I plan to put 100,000 a year on the wing, a major part of that calling on dealers.

As they say, the worst day on a bike is better than the best day anywhere else.
 

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Tom Finch

I really enjoyed your post Tom, and yes, I too don`t feel so alone after reading others and your experiences. Originally I was reluctant to start this thread, as I didn`t want to come across as a whiner, but on the contrary it made me realize that I`m quite normal after all. :)
 
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