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Advice needed for "mid-life" bike

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OK, I am not going through some mid-life thing, I rode in my early teens until I was 22. I rode a lot of dirt and then rode a Suzuki GT550 for 2 years. I put some 20,000 miles on that bike (which I loved back then).

But, I've always had the jones for a bike. Every spring. You know the feeling.

I have read and looked at a LOT of bikes. Oh man, I love them all but, change my mind every day about which one to get!

I LOVE the KTM Adventure 990 but, wonder about if I can really enjoy this at the age of 52 now.

I love Harley's too. I never wanted to be in the "club" of them but, the new FatBob is very nice.

I also love the Yamaha Royal Star Tour Deluxe. I sat on one and was very impressed with how much bike you get. I sat in a BMW GS 1200 but, man, that's a big bike. I love the Buell Ulysses too.

I live in Maine. The roads are less than ideal. I want something that handles them (hence the Adventure thing) but, I want to be able to take my wife out for a ride too.I feel that the new Kawasaki Versys is nice but, I'd want something a bit faster after awhile. The Suzuki V-Strom 650 impresses me too but....

Hey, any advice appreciated. I know there are sooooo many bikes and I love them all. I love the Moto Guzzi Norge, the Yamaha Raider is VERY nice looking as well. I am very much in love with the British Twins. If they made a (as rumors swirl about it) bigger sized twin I'd be all over it. Love the Triumphs. But, really, you can get the underpowered Bonny's or the brutish Rockets. Wish there was a nice 1200 or so twin! Confused yet? So am I. Help me!!
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Bikes can handle more than the reviewers would lead you to believe. You don't need a 990 Adventurer just because the roads are less than ideal. A sport bike with springs that aren't too stiff would be fine on any thing that could be called a paved road. I've actually ridden my RS250 on a 5 mile fire road and it was just fine. (I know your not looking for that type of bike but just as an example)

Secondly your only too old if you think you are. My father is in his 70's he's racing motorcycles and goes on 8 hour rides on a bike most old people would say they couldn't even ride a mile (RS250)
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