Your thoughts? A friend in his 60's is considering getting into motorcycles for the first time in his life. He rode a few times when he was in his 20's but mostly is pure newbie. Interesting that he's dreamed about motorcycles for years and knows all the coolest vintage and modern vintage bikes. He asked me for my advice. BTW - he's not a tall guy. Here is my follow-up email. What do you think and would you add anything? "You asked me my opinion and I've thought about this more. You seem to have a "motorcycle taste" that is in line with mine. Since you say you don't like Harleys, but you like the looks of truly vintage or modern vintage bikes such as BSA's, Nortons, Triumph Bonneville & Scramblers etc, I think I have a feel for what you are looking for. Now that you know what you like, you can do like the rest of us and have a great hobby of constantly looking and dreaming about bikes. Here is my advice. Think of motorcycling for you as a two-step process: 1. Find a light and inexpensive dual-sport bike, preferably used. If you buy used, they really hold their value. Learn on the dirt and low traffic neighborhood roads. Find a bike that you won't mind dropping in the dirt. Work on your bike handling skills. Make the process of mastering skills a hobby - a quest, if you will. Become a clutch, braking and traction control master. Once you get a motorcycle is when the real learning starts. When I first decided to get my first street bike (I had dirt and dual sport bikes for years) one of my buddies said, "you won't really know what you want until you get your first street motorcycle. That is when you will learn." He was so right. Here is a good Cycle World article on why learning in the dirt is good for street. Learning in the Dirt Learning in the Dirt CW lists the top 10 reasons why dirtbike riding is good for streetbike riders. Learn more at CycleWorld.com. https://www.cycleworld.com/2012/10/30/learning-in-the-dirt 2. While you are learning on the dirt and neighborhood roads, keep studying, reading, going to see bikes etc. You will figure out more about what you want. Once you feel your skills are up to speed, then buy that cool bike that you've had your eye on. You can then sell the dualsport bike for near what you paid for it, keep it as a back-up or for your son's to go ride, or you can take other friends who are thinking of getting into the hobby. Examples of Cheap, low seat dual sport bikes made in the early 2000's to now. Yamaha XT225 Yamaha XT 250 - these are newer, but heavier, I prefer the 225. Suzuki DR200 Honda CRF250L Kawasaki KLX 250 You could also consider a bike like a Suzuki TU250 or Yamaha SR400 (Kickstart only which is don't recommend), but I don't think you'd want to drop these. Might dent the tank etc. "