February 13, 2011 / 965 comments
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this was just great, this is why I do no retire, I am 75 and work 7 days a week. However I may now buy a bike also.
Atta boy Luther !
James perfect! I had one as a kid in Detroit, too much for me, but delightful on an island somewhere with not so much traffic.
2 that.s a low # my moms 95,oh no. But my best friend 82 would up in front with you and who dare. Bravo.
It will alter your outlook on life, be prepared for laugh lines if you don’t already have them and an extended family. I don’t think it matters what you ride or your destination, the fun is the journey and what happens along the way. Trikes are made for a specific target market. Take advantage of the technology of today! They even have bikes that are automatic (including reverse) and some have wheels in the back that automatically come down below a threshold speed and then back up when you’re over it (for those not ready for 3 wheels, but not ready to entirely give up 2). The journey helps you find yourself if you haven’t already. Pass along knowledge to those who are ready to receive it, and be ready to listen yourself. You never know where the journey will take you – maybe to the end of the street and back, or maybe just to the end of the street. It’s not the destination that’s important…
Dante….you are wise beyond your years, Grasshopper. Very, well said. I will be 69 tomorrow, if God allows it. Life has been a journey for me, and I can’t and won’t say I’ve enjoyed it, all, but, I can and will say that it’s been a journey of many memories. I’ve met so many wonderful people and made so many great friends along the way. I wouldn’t change a moment. Thank you for sharing your kind thoughts to this video. I do appreciate you input. Please feel free to keep in touch should you want to.
Yes this is a wonderful, hopefilled etc, but its also a very clear picture of how in this generation in particular we (and mostly our young folks) are being programmed (but clearly this programming is to obtain your social security mondey) for the money mongers. All commercials now are focused on the emotions surrounding good, fun, inspiring but the bottom line is ‘consume’. You dont see just a representation of their quality product but now its about fun, fun, fun, talk, talk, talk, – BOTTOM LINE IS ‘BUY, BUY,BUY’. That is how the 1% have infiltrated our brains with their programming. The 2 DECADE research project by Princeton and NW Universities conclusions recently released present that in fact there is no longer Democracy in the US, it is now dominated by the oligarchy of the 1%. SO WAKE UP AMERICA AND STAND UP—–get social activism back like our forefathers did when they escaped from the oligarchy in Europe.
Really! Agree with you, Dragon 🙂
Hell Yeah ! HMFY…….. Got Questions ?
You are an odd one.
No the problem is extremely cynical people like yourself that can’t appreciate something for face value….but have to post garbage like you did and ruin it for everyone else.
Back off need to dissect and scrutinize everything……sit back and enjoy something for face value. Life will be much more enjoyable for you and everyone you come in contact with.
At 72 I am known as Old Geezer in the Hot Rod world of Ford Mustangs. I too am cynical about todays social situation, but I still appreciate this commercial. I have a flip-phone and feel no need for an upgrade. I have a 65 Mustang 6 cylinder but owned real Hot Rods for many years, while riding my Moto Guzzi all over the US. The older generation does not look down on today’s, but we do question the so-called gender/financial/racial problems some blame on us Geezers! We marched with Dr. King, we passed laws to eliminate discrimination, we passed equal-rights laws and did not sit on our butts pushing buttons on electronic devices…thinking we were accomplishing something. I do not question today’s youth is better educated…I question their wisdom.
Actually, the younger generation has been declining on international standardized tests in comparison with other nations since the testing has been effected. They are able to identify where the generation before them went wrong, however, and name a multitude of problems they inherited from us…all of which can be solved, they assume, by throwing money to uncle Sam and making everything free.
Mimi Sven, April 12, 2016 Charlie Johns, I, too, am 72 and still have the spirit of adventure. I could not relate more to your assessment of the generation divide. For many young people today, we are obsolete. Though I respected my parents perhaps more than this generation does, I, too, felt they did not understand the world as I did. In other words, I was pretty smug. It is something almost inevitable. I feel badly for my daughter’s generation that cannot make it on one income and must pay through the nose for someone else to be with their children. I feel bad that they cannot get on the highway and hitchhike like I did as a young woman. I feel very bad about the world we are leaving them. So, I am still an activist and still dream of my next adventure.
Because commercials are 30 seconds not 3 minutes.
I rode with the real Grandriders (the group that the Dream Rangers story was based upon) from San Francisco to Los Angeles. They were some of the most vibrant, amazing people I have ever met. I hope to have half their energy when I am that age. The site for the real group is gograndriders.com. The feature film about them is really great.
Hell yes! Our retirement plan is Harley rubber in 50 states!
It is a shame we spend so much time being cynical about the state of being.
We over look the good and beauty of where we are, and how we got here.
Makes one happy to see this
I long for those days now!
Because there is more advertising produced than good creative talent to produce it.
Wonderful ad…a kick in the ass. We need more of this type of reality advertising. I’m a touch over the hill with a new job as a visual Artist. So this film is a delight. I’m 79 years young and selling painting and prints like gangbusters. The act worth doing is simply that…do it. Jump in, jump on and ride your dream. Blessings to you all.
Oh Susie Q ! We could surely ‘borrow’ some bikes from some ‘young bucks’,
don’t you think? Really, all of this is probably true AND fun !!
Thanks for sharing!
I love the message in this video. Don’t sit around and just “take it” ( getting old) any more. Dream & DO. But, DO IT NOW. You don’t have to wait til you’re 81. Far as I can tell, we get to be on this earth once ( at least as a human). You should go see the place. There is no better way than on a motorcycle. No distractions from a radio; you see more, and smell all the aromas and fragrances of the natural surroundings. I am a 68 yr old stage 4 cancer survivor & prostate cancer survivor who re discovered the excitement of riding after the 1st bout with cancer at age 62. since then, have ridden the length of Baja, The California coast From LA to Oregon, The Sierra Nevada Mountains, Tulsa across the Rockies to Sedona, 400 miles from Da Nang through the central Highlands & out to Nha Trang and from Hanoi in a big clockwise loop up into the amazing Mts of northern Vietnam. The Golden Triangle in Thailand, Bangkok to Hua Hin, Auythya, and Kanchanaburi- ( Bridge on The River Kwai), Erawan National Park. Southwestern Laosincluding Luang Prabang , Vang Vien and Vientiene. I did a 2700 kilometer through Myanmar, seeing magnificent places such as Golden Rock, Naipytaw, Bagan, Inle Lake .
Sure I’m tired after riding 180 K a day in countries I’m exploring and can’t read their language ( Garmin is invaluable) but not much more than if I’d spent the day gardening or playing golf, but I feel much more alive than If I’d done those ordinary things and the the cold beer at the end of the day’s ride is better than any at any 19th hole place. foods- oh WAY more interesting healthy tasty and cooked and served by owners who care – not food from some restaurant chain. Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Nepal, Philippines, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Portugal, Italy , South Africa are all on my list.
Your comments are very much appriciated..
Not many have the means to explore like that. Or else I’d have allready been on the road…….
Give us a call when you are in South Africa.
Ian and Erika Huntly
And I’ve met and made friends with a WHOLE Lot of cool people from all over the world in the process. I’m guessing that having a blast, exploring the world, learning about other countries cultures will actually make me live longer- but even if it doesn’t it’s made life far richer than staying home.
They’ll all be blind too if they don’t use their eye protection!
I am 75 and retired. I am going to have some flames painted on my Harley soon. I will never work for money again……….. I volunteer !! Volunteers are much needed and very much appreciated………….. share your talent.
Because I could relate to this story.. I actually cried when I viewed this video for the first time.. Great!
This is a wonderful life up lifting of former school friends who were down in the dumps and found something to live for. From seniors to rejuvinated youth God Bless them.
Fantastic ! No matter what NEVER GIVE UP. Someone in the group finally realized what they had to do. It has given me a boost. I am a 64 year old veteran, with 20 different continuing medical issues. I have cancer, arthritis in every joint of my body, and this year I will have to have 3 more surgeries. BUT, I get up (slowly) in the morning, have breakfast and start doing my art work, and making things for people. I enjoy life and people always tell me ” You have a great attitude and are always so happy. My answer is ” Just Keep Truckin'”
This was absolutely wonderful!! Tears make this so real!!
I love this commercial …. Friendship …. Love …. Surviving …. Quite moving …. The friendship sustained over years; the 2 long-standing couples …. Just wonderful
There is something that happens to you when you throw your leg over the saddle of a motorcycle. In 46 years I have been blessed to have experienced the thrill of freedom riding on the byways and highways in many states and 3 countries.
Just so ~
One needn’t be rich to own and enjoy riding a Motocycle .
You can have my Moto when you pry my cold , dead hands off the handlebars .
That made me throw up a little in my mouth.
I am 91—retired at 62,applied for SS—bought a sailboat and after 15 years going all the way around our beautiful planet enjoy doing a slide show of the 4 months I spent on a deserted island repairing a fellow cruisers wrecked boat. RIGHT—don’t just sit there—-gub
Carl is not old enough yet !
This just teaches us to enjoy life and respect life
It’s about time I got my Dad’s 1951 Sunbeam S7 back on the road again. It has not seen pavement since 1988. This was inspiration.
Great inspirational commercial. As was noted in so many words from the viewers … most of the commercials on our TV suck! When certain ones come on I actually have to switch channels. Thank God (or whomever) for remotes!
I’m now going on 83 but still working part time as a photographer specializing in little ones in pre-schools. Been doing this since about 1958. The kids at this age are great…they aren’t all screwed up yet by the liberal education system. And working with them helps keep me young, I think.
After a quad bypass, two hernia ops, a TURP, a couple of TIAs, rotator cuff op, type 2 diabetes, some arthritis, etc., I’m still going “strong”. The VA keeps me supplied with an assortment of pills which, I suppose, might also be helping to keep me going. Serving in the army for 16 months in Korea convincing the North Koreans to “behave” was another lesson in getting as much out of life as one can one day at a time because while I was there there was no guarantee you’d still be around the next day.
At my age I guess that one is supposed to just sit in a chair, watch TV and wait for the grim reaper from what I gather from a lot of people I know. That’s not for me nor should it be for any of you out there. What am I doing now in addition to my part time work? I’m a “gearhead” as we who are into messing with cars are known and have been since I built my first motor vehicle at age 13…a Whizzer motor bike. When I turned 14, I could actually legally drive the thing on the road. Here in California you could get a Jr. Operator’s Permit to drive a motor vehicle at 14 years of age back then and I got mine on my 14th birthday. Fortunately, I landed a Job with Clay Smith (Mr. Horsepower) in Long Beach as a “gopher”, sweepy boy, pick-up truck driver and general all round helper. Naturally, working in a shop that built racing engines for cars and boats, I had to do the same to my little Whizzer. I turned it into the fastest Whizzer around but I had to rebuild the engine about once a week. I guess I pushed the envelope just a tad too much on that engine but it was great fun and I learned a lot.
However, the “bug” was planted and I haven’t stop building cars since the ’36 Ford coupe I got at age 16. Clay stood over me while I built a new engine for it (a ’48 Mercury out of one of the Mexican Road Race cars) and went on to drag racing at the Santa Ana airport on Sundays…87 MPH in the 1/4 mile, not much these days but was pretty good back then. This was the begining of organized drag racing in the nation. Lots of fun for a “snot face” kid and it’s something that never leaves you like riding a motorcycle, I’m sure. What am I doing at age 82+? Still a “gearhead” and playing with cars. Daily driver is a custom- ized ’06 Dodge Magnum with body modifications and air suspension. On going project is a heavily modified 1971 Datsun 240Z with too many mods to list. This was my autocross car for years (the competition bug doesn’t go away either). I’m prepping it now to make one last hurrah on the race track in the very near future. I’m sure I’ll be the oldest driver out there! And the third project is a 1951 Mercury which I had in storage for about 43 years and with which I am now creating a full custom mid 1950s “lead sled”. Can’t wait to go “cruisin'” the drive-ins with this beauty.
Bottom line on all this, I guess, is that no matter what your age just go for the “gold”, dust off that “bucket list”, don’t wait until you find that “rountuit”, start doing those things now and don’t let your contemporaries drag you down by telling you to “act your age”.
We may have some physical limitations but age is a state of mind in my book. Those “bikers” in the commercial are proof of that. I hope it is in your “book” as well.
I had a bout of serious illness for several years in my 40s and people my age and younger who struggled with similar ailments are either not better or in some cases not here anymore. Life is tough when you’ve lost a sizable chunk of it to illness; it’s like waking up from a long sleep to discover that the world marched on in your absence. But recovery is possible, there is true healing, and joy waiting for you to embrace it as long as you’re here. I appreciate life and my restored health in a whole new way and whenever I’m faced with an obstacle, l remind myself how things can always be much worse. All the money and material goods of this earth can never compare with your health or your peace of mind. Thank you for this life-affirming message of determination and possibility.
Hell yes …….. sign me up for that !!! YAHOOOOOOOO !!!!!!!! You are “never” out of the fight !!!!!!
Most of my travels, and most of my friends, have resulted from the hundreds of thousands of miles I have ridden my motorcycles…in the U.S., Canada and Europe. Everyone should be passionate about something…and my passion is motorcyles!
I feel sorry for Blipette who is clearly getting the wrong message from this video! At 78 I feel inspired to get off my chair and do something with my life, it is not too late! Would even get onto the back of a bike if someone would have me. Very inspirational, do not view it as a commercial!!
Good for you Midge! I didn’t view it as a commercial either !
Very cool I can see me at 85 years old
WHAT A GREAT COMMERCIAL AN HOW I WANT TO KEEP GOING.
Here is the link, I wrote something to go with the post. Enjoy: https://www.facebook.com/MyIMRAN/posts/1317428574940797
This is really one of those that gives one a little hope and a little nudge for one to think out of the box for oneself. Brings a smile, warm feeling and in a sense for one need s to think out of the box or safety zone and just go and do it already. Seriously nothing to loose.
I will be 80 years old in a few days and I ride a 44-year old BMW motorcycle every chance I can get which is quiet offten. In fact, I just received a 300,000 mile award from BMW and I’m continuing to pile up the miles for a 400,000 mile award. Aside from the joy of riding in the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina, I truly love the people I’ve been so blessed to meet from all around the world. If you love it and you are fortunate to be able to do it, GET OUT AND DO IT!!!
I’m not quite as old as you but I’m crippled and still love to ride my old Boxer twins every chance I get .
As BMW said when they made my 1968 R60US Moto :
If you want to be happy a day , have dinner
If you want to be happy a year , get married
If you want to be happy a lifetime , buy a BMW Motocycle .
TRUTH ! .
If you love Motocycling , it doesn’t really matter if it’s a Mo-Ped or the biggest cruiser , you’ll still love it .
Inspirational ! To say the least …
All commercials for motorcycles show people riding free in the wind on a beautiful day over scenic open roads with no cars, SUV PoSs, monster pickups, big rigs, or idiots around. Including this commercial. ‘T’ain’t so, McGee.
I’ve ridden since I was 14 — licensed, at that time. I’m now 71. I’ve ridden every numbered highway in California. I completed SCMA’s Four Corners USA Motorcycle Tour in 20 days (it’s on the web). On my very last ride I almost got nailed three times in two miles of home. The third driver made me lay down my KZ-1000. I picked it up, rode back home, and parked it, maybe forever. I’ve used up my luck.
Dreams are beautiful. So should be every ride. But no more. If I ever ride again, I’m going ARMED!
Sure touches all the emotions.
Approaching 86 with over 50 yrs. riding in all 48, plus Alaska & most of Canada, all of Newfoundland and Nova Scotia. Nearly 3/4 million miles and just a little bit tired and
slower.Enjoying all the many friends and all their many idiosyncrasies. As long as we can get on the bikes for breakfast rides , we go. Making a commercial. That’s Terrific !
IAM 88 AN HAD A 50CC FOR 18 YEARS LOVED IT I NOW LIVE IN A RETIREMENT HOME. REALEY SHOULD GET ANOTHER. THIS EMAIL SURE GETTING ME TO THINKING.
skip the motorcycle- I want to ride the TEA CUP at Disney World and or return to Empire State Bldg and boat ride around Manhattan and see a friend’s name at the 911 memorial
Wow! Don’t be done until you’re Done!! Love it! That’s why I want a little Go Buddy camper trailer a VW Golf would pull!!!! Yee Haw!
Don’t give up. It’s a wonderful world.
The Commander: THAT’S THE NICK NAME ALL MY CLUB MEMBERS CALL ME. BEEN RIDING
SINCE I WAS 14 AND STILL RIDE EVERY WEEKEND WITH WHOMEVER WILL RIDE WITH ME. WE DO ABOUT 100 T0 250 MILES IN A DAY. WE WOULD PLAN RIDES EVERY YEAR OUT WEST
WHERE YOU CAN SEE ANYBODY COMING. WE STARTED OUT WITH 6 MEMBERS,THEN UP TO 13. OVER THE LAST 12 YEARS WE LOST ONE TO PANCREATIC CANCER AT 57, AND PINCHED NERVES, PROSTRATE CANCER, TUMORS ETC. I’M PROBABLY THE ONLY ORIGINAL MEMBER LEFT THAT RIDES EVERY WEEK. I’M 71. WE HAVE UP TO 30 NEW MEMBERS, THEY
CALL ME OLD MAN. I’VE BEEN FILMING ALL OUR RIDES AND GIVE THEM COPIES TO REMEMBER OUR RIDES, SOMETHING TO WATCH DURING THOSE COLD WINTER MONTHS.
WHEN WE LOST DAN TO PANCREATIC CANCER HE WROTE HIS OWN EPITAPH, WITH A LITTLE ABOUT EACH MEMBER. TO ME HE WROTE: “DON, THE MOST PASSIONATE BIKER I
KNOW. I’D NEVER FOLLOW HIM ANYWHERE, BUT I’D NEVER GO ANYWHERE WITH-OUT
HIM.” I GUESS I’D GET US LOST A LOT.
AT THIS AGE, YOU NEVER KNOW IF IT’S YOUR LAST SO MAKE SURE YOU ENJOY EVERY RIDE, MAKE IT COUNT. I WILL NEVER REGRET THAT. WE’LL RIDE TOGETHER AGAIN SOME DAY.
Superb. Inspiring & motivating. Thanks for an advertisement that sets a new level. (Thai Insurance
has more in this lovely series.)
Fabulous. Made me cry.
No matter how old. No matter what shape your in. No matter your disability or inability. This shows us the human spurt is not something meak. It is indomitable. When one puts their mind & energy to a clear goal, the only thing that can stop you is YOU!
I wish I could go for the same ride.
I will be 74 this month I love my can am spyder RT L. I ride everyday weather permits. Love the feeling of freedom
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