Getting Old?

Alexander Finger af at
Sun Feb 14 02:08:08 PST 2010

Hey guys,
it's my birthday today, mid-winter, but the sun is shining. Life's
pretty good right now, I hope that keeps on. For some people that's
The bike did not get a lot of road the last year but this year I have
a 10week sabbatical coming up and am dedicated to eat some asphalt. I
look forward to ride on weekdays, not on the overcrowded and crazy
weekends :)
The mech made some comments about "oh, soon it's over" with the GPZ,
but I hope that was rather "let's try to push him to a new bike",
though the guy's normally quite honest.
I'll try to find you guys on Facebook.

On Sun, Feb 14, 2010 at 5:14 AM, Paul Heim <SuprHtr at> wrote:
> 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.
> Regards,
> 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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