Hello from Marysville, WA
I just got back into riding a couple months ago.
I rode a lot as a kid, with my first bike actually being a 125CC Harley (one of the imports from Italy if I recall). I also rode my Dad's Red Honda 305 Dream quite a bit.. back then we considered that a BIG bike!
Quit riding after highschool.... and fast forward 35 years brings us to today.
After 35 years without touching a bike I took the MSF course. The first day on the course I was sure I was going to fail, but it eventually came back to me. Passed the test, got the endorsement.
I immediatly made a stop at my local Bike Shop and took home a slightly used 2007 V-Star 650. Pearl White, Memphis Shades Windshield, Leather Bags.. etc.
I started out just riding it local for a week or so... but the bug got me, and now it's become my daily commute vehicle except when raining.... and around here... that HAS been a problem.
I've taken it on a couple short trips. Made a loop around Whidbey Island, and a trip from Everett to Wenatchee and back. I've put 4500 Miles on the bike since I got it in late May, added a Cobra Sissy Bar and Luggage Rack, upgraded the Dunlop tires to Metzler 880 Marathon's.
I've been looking for a decent Motorcycle forum, as most them get very few posts. I beleive I may have finally found one!