I can relate to this. Last August I made the decision to return to riding. I had only had cruisers in the past and wanted to try out more of an adv bike. My last bike was a HD sportster which I got into a lot of trouble in taking it off road. Was never a fan of forward controls. The riding position was not friendly to my spine. It did teach me a lot though. I remember talking to a much more experienced rider about wrestling it through twisties describing my technique .. He's like " that's countersteering! You know most people need to be taught that.!" Through lurking here reading about all the offerings, ST, vstroms, Africa twin, ktms, bmws, I knew I just had to pick one. I was looking at used bikes and thinking about purchasing in February. The local Honda dealership made me an offer on a new 17 manual AT that I couldn't refuse. This was after an ST and vstrom 1000 were sold before I could even put my hands on them. I love the AT and think I'd feel the same regarding all the bikes I was trying to look at, the process got me back on a bike sooner.