I live in Phoenix, Arizona and am in my mid 40's. I got my first bike in '91, a VFR 500. I commuted exclusively on it for quite a while. For various reasons, I didn't get a bike again until '07 and had to sell it before long. I'm finally back in the saddle. I got this bike on ebay from an estate sale in May of 2013 with only 770 miles. Was shopping for four different bikes and am so glad I got this one - I love the Bird. It's a perfect fit in that quite simply I want a comfortable sportbike - the last one I can remember that was comfortable out of the box was the ZX9R - and I nearly bought one of them instead.