Getting Old?

Paul Heim SuprHtr at
Sat Feb 13 20:14:27 PST 2010

I still have my '95, purchased 5 years ago.  It's running fine (as of 
November) and still makes me smile.

I'm on FB as Paul M. Heim.

I just searched FB and found Charles!  Already got the Dave's on my list.

Paul in Ohio
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Ped" <pedmail at>
To: "Kawasaki GPZ1100 discussion" <gpzlist at>
Sent: Friday, February 12, 2010 1:49 PM
Subject: Re: Getting Old?

> Yrk! Thanks for reminding me. I'm turning 60 next year...............!
> 'Fortunately' we don't have this 'old bike' syndrome in Denmark. Thanks
> to the fact that new bikes are so insanely expensive in this country
> most people ride bikes that are up to 30 years old - or even older.
> There simply isn't any gap between new bikes and the veterans - it's
> filled up with middle aged bikes that people can afford to buy. I just
> looked up an add and saw a black '96 GPZ with 45.000 km on sale for
> 11.000 USD!! A new Concourse is 55.000 USD!!! These middle aged bikes
> are what keep the shops going - and going well. No shopkeeper would show
> a funny face or throw smart ass remarks at anything :-)
> Despite the 125.000 km on the odo the bike is still running fine. I
> didn't ride much the last couple of years though. 2008 because of a
> deployment to Farawaygistan during summertime, last year because I was
> buried with work. One of the best events last year was a visit by 4
> members of the German GPZ 1100 Forum (2 on GPZ 1100 and 2 on Yamaha GTR
> 1000) who travelled around the Baltic Sea. Their pictures are here:
> - the pics from my home are on
> page 19 and 20. The text is in German, but Google Translator should do
> the trick. I hope the coming season will be better. One niece is trying
> to talk me into a trip to an amusement park i Germany, another niece
> wants me to take her to Poland to see Auschwitz. Right now all
> two-wheelers are in deep hibernation due to winter. I know it's nothing
> compared to what you guys are experiencing on the east coast right now,
> but over here is the  coldest winter for many, many years. We have had
> snow and temperatures below zero since mid December which is very, very
> unusual. Last night the temperature dropped to - 22 deg. C! The
> inhabitants on many of the small islands (some 400) have been able to
> walk ashore for several weeks, now they can drive ashore in their cars!
> I'm also on FaceBook under my full name: Jens Libak Pedersen FWIW
> Ped
> '96 "Black Stealth" GPZ
> Denmark
> mrgilmore at skrev:
>> Hey Charles, Hey guys!
>> Amen to the non-recognition the GPz gets at the local shop.  In fact, I 
>> stopped going to the closest one since they told me they don't work on 
>> "older" bikes.  Like a UJM is so hard to figure out?  WTF?  For me, ok, 
>> but them?  Not the way to endear themselves to me to maybe become the 
>> place I buy my next bike from.  I mean, it could happen!  LOL!
>> Yes, the List has seen better days, but some of us are still out here.  I 
>> still ride my GPz, only not as much since there've been several other 
>> higher priorities than riding lately (just ask my woman!), like our home 
>> remodel, the ex wife's cancer condition getting worse, and more.
>> I am also on FaceBook as Rhunsted Jordan, my real birth name FWIW.
>> Regards, "you know you're really old": alas, ain't that the truth?  That 
>> sucks!  I'll be 60 in 3 years, fercrissakes!  Holding up ok though.
>> Take care guys.
>> Ron Jordan
>> red '95 bought new - kinda beat up these days, but runs strong!
>> Altadena, CA

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