Just ran across this thread...
Just ran across this thread and thought I'd chime in...
I picked up an F800GS last month after almost 20 years of not riding and 2 years of going through a divorce. Last time I was on a bike, I crashed (never had any 'formal' training & was young and invincible) and never picked one up since. Mostly due to a 'higher sense' of obligation to the family (3 young kids - 10, 8 & 4) and a lot of guilt from the ex ("we could spend that money on matching side tables for the bedroom that we desparately need! Plus, you'll kill yourself")
Anyways, I'm loving the bike and loving the learning process of riding the 'right way'. Read not borrowing my friend's bike at 2am after a party to take a girl back to her place with no helmet... Actually, looking back, it's surprising I never got in a major incident! I have a fair amount of experience tracking cars - primarily at VIR but the car racing thing is a BIG, DEEP, black money hole!
So for what it's worth, there's a quick intro and I look forward to meeting some of you here. It seems like a great site!