I'm new to the forum, but not to motorcycles. I turned 50 last week, and I started riding (dirt bikes) when I was 16. I had a bike when I was in my late 20s; I rode it every day.
I just started riding again after a 20-year hiatus. I took the MSF course a couple of months ago with my husband (a new rider); it was a great refresher. Hubby bought a 2003 BMW F650GS a month ago, but I don't really feel comfortable on it. I just bought a 2001 Vulcan 800A, and I love it. The previous owner put quite a few custom parts on it, and it looks and rides (and sounds) great.
I live in northern Colorado (third-generation Colorado native--there aren't many of us), but I've also lived in Portland, Oregon; Geneva, Switerland; and Rockland County, NY. I have two sons--29 and 26. I work as a technical editor for a magazine called Windows IT Pro (very boring). In my spare time, I work on stained glass projects and redecorate my house.
It's nice to see more and more women riding these days. Our next-door neighbors both ride (they have Harleys); we're going to start riding with them. Too bad the season's almost over.