Not a Tennessee, USA, Lurker Anymore!
I've been lurking around here since October, but no more!
You see, I have never had a road/highway motor bike, although I was an avid off road rider in my younger days (55 now). I am an avid road cyclist and cycle tourist so I haven't been off two wheels for over 35 years either. I started considering getting a scooter to commute to work on, save wear, tear, and fuel on my Jeep running short hops to town plus the 25 mile round trip commute to work. I guess God, karma, or fate wanted me to have a motorcycle though. I started looking at classified adds to see what used bikes may be for sale about, when up popped a 2017 Rebel 500 with less than 500 miles on it for a price I couldn't pass by! I called the add, looked at the bike, confirmed it was as advertised. So I became the proud owner of a Honda CMX500, a nice modular helmet and leather jacket. The seller even rode it to my home, as I had ZERO road training and no license to operate one! I started watching every youtube video on training, safety, and practiced, along with studying for the exam. This state is pretty darn lax in their license requirments, so that part was easy. Fortunately, I live in the country with low traffic roads, and a large church parking lot a mile from my home where I can practice and due to the mild winter and good gear I now have logged about 1200 miles on the bike. I do still plan to do the first MSF class in the spring and hope it doesn't turn out to be a waste of money for me. I have picked up lots of good chatter here and hope to have some things to add in the near future.