I have been riding motorbikes since I was 18 - way back in 1974. I've had over 30 private bikes, mostly Italians, and a number of 'company' BMW's. Totaled at least 250K Miles on two wheels (and a few miles on only one
) and got my fair share of accidents, including two nasty crashes (one head-on) with 'blind' car drivers.
I have crossed W-Europe, from Denmark to Corsica, from the UK to Italy, and have a truckload of happy and less happy memories, and a couple of lasting memorabilia
(i.e. scars, patched-up bones and eternal aches).
After breaking a couple of vertebrae (while skiing...) in 1996, I sold my remaining bikes (a 50's Gilera, a 60's Montesa and a 70's MZ) under pressure of her indoors
. A couple of years later she filed a divorce. I was so angry... about selling the bikes.
Had only a small Korean scooter since and tried to 'forget' motorbiking. Focused on classic Land-Rovers and had a couple of convertibles. Drove up the Stilfserjoch (a.k.a. Stelvio Pass), top down, but was still missing the 360° feeling of motorbiking.
Survived two heart attacks, quit smoking, lost over 40 kgs but never got rid of the motorcycle-bug. So after many years of heartache and hangover, I decided to scr*w the doctor's orders and get me a decent bike.
After testing a number of motorbikes (Moto Guzzi, Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha) I decided to go for the Silver Wing, since it is a modestly powerfull twin, offering high comfort and weater protection.
According to this forum, I am only one of many 'elderly gentlemen' who have made this choice.
So many lovely roads to discover, so little time and money to do in in/with...