Have not been riding since I had kids 20 years ago. Buddies ride Yamaha tour bikes and a Honda CRX 1300. I went a differnt route. New to me 2004 R 1150 RT with 8,800 miles. Don't think I ever paid more than $400 for my past rides so a little worried about driving such a nice bike. Love the bike except for the the tall first gear but I have gotten used to it now. Did my own oil and filter and trans and final drive change at 10,000 miles. Need to get up nerve to do ABS, valves, and TB at 12,000 miles. Looking for somewone in Central Virginia to teach me or let me watch them. Only thing I have added is a Hyper-lite brake/running light to underside of rear Givi top case rack. Can't wait to take some trips this spring.