Just now getting back into motorcycles after a 26 year layoff. Was a very important part of my life from ages 14 thru 21. Honda 90, Honda 70, Yamaha DT-3, Yamaha RD-250. Never, ever had a wreck or spill, but had about 5,000 close calls. Just woke up one sunny summer morning, looked out at the trees and blue sky and said to myself, better quit while you are ahead. Only been on a couple of dirt bikes since, never on hard road. Never lost interest though, read the magazines fairly regularly, kept myself occupied drag racing cars. Always some bikes at the races, and kept an eye on them too. Always kind of knew I would return to motorcycles someday, so I guess that time is very near. Always knew I had to at least make restitution for the Jap bikes, (I claim youthful innocence) could take it no longer and ordered the Sportster. If you put the Harley catalog in front of me and said "take your pick", it would without question be the XLH 883. Plan for now is just to look at it, don't even plan to ride it, yes I can do it. I love all motor vehicles, and can look at them for hours as mechanical art. Maybe start a small collection, an older Sportster, an Ameracchi/Harley, a Triumph or BSA maybe. Been going thru my old magazines for about a year now (I never throw ANYTHING away) and watched "Then Came Bronson" not long ago (hey, Bronson rode a Sportster) , so I am pretty excited. Hope everyone here does not jump all over me for my decision not to ride for now. I am not saying that I will never ride again, just not now at this point in my life. Besides that, I wrecked on my bicycle (real bad) last week, had to spend a couple of days in the hospital, so that kind of makes it easy to defend my stance also. Found out about this site thru the Turbo Diesel Register (a Cummins/Dodge Ram club), and am having a good time reading the posts.