I started at 36 after going back to school for teacher certification. My mothers rant was the same old "not while you live in my house." Unfortunately I owned half the house whil I lived there... Bike was a 79 Honda CX 500 C with a somewhat dodgy carb. Never did get over 38 mpg with it. Realized within 3 weeks It was too small for long term happiness. Bought it because for the same money spent on a car, the car would need a whole lot more cash infusion to make it safe to drive. Eventually sold the buzzy thing for $750, same as I gave for it.