I took the MSF course in '03 when I was 36 with "no serious intention" of getting a bike. It was Feb '04 when I got around to taking the written test for my license. In March, I met a woman whom I thought might be "the one". Feeling like my days of disposable income and flexible priorities were getting fewer, I decided it was time for a bike. In April, I wandered in to a shop, sat on a KLX 400 and fell in love.
Girlfriend fretted, but approved and named my little KLX Sweetpea. That bike was stolen in October, then I found a deal on a DL650 in November.
5000 miles on the KLX (my heart and my butt ache when I think about that bike) and 6000+ miles on the WeeStrom.
Oh, by the way, Rosemary and I are going to be married on June 4th, two days after my 38th birthday.