...I can't believe I didn't get motorcycle years earlier. I have about 100 miles on my new bike now, 50 of them just today. What an awesome feeling! Next weekend I have my msf class, will be cool to get in some more practice, get some feedback on things I can improve on and be able to get my license. (have a permit now)
I had an enduro bike for most of my adult life, that I mostly rode on trails thru the woods.
When I was 55 I was spending the week with my older cousin at a cabin in a state park. He had his '56 Harley, and him and his wife were loving the riding thru the national forest nearby every day.
He offered to let me take a ride on his Harley. I would have loved to, but with no license if anything happened, no matter who's fault it was, I would be screwed. When I was driving my car back home I started thinking "why don't I have a motorcycle license?! What am I waiting for?!"
Took the MSF beginners class the next spring, got my VStar 650 a few weeks later. That was 5 years ago.
And ditto I have thought many times "I can't believe I didn't get a street motorcycle years earlier".
I love the simplicity of these two wheel vehicles, the magic like quality of the gyroscopic forces that make them self balancing, and the response of countersteering, like playing with a giant gyroscope: you push the grips with just a little force and that makes the bike lean and turn in that direction. You push on the right grip, the bike leans to the right, and turns to the right... its so subtle and so precise.
Riding down a long empty road with no centerline out in the middle of nowhere borders on being a mystical experience. Of all the people who have lived on Earth in the last 300,000 years, we get to ride.