I hate to say it, but I feel like a bit of a sell out. Following the advise of many, I decided to purchase a used bike for my first ride instead of going with the new Triumph of my dreams. I paid $3500 cash for a Yamaha V Star 650 Custom. It's no Triumph, but it'll get the job done 'til I can develop my skills and confidence. Having never ridden before except for the MSF course over a month ago, I think it was the right choice for now. My first ride was met with excitement as well as anxiety. It was an interesting ride home. I took the roads less traveled and kept it at 60 or below. I was nervous for the first 5 or 6 miles before I began to relax. Then it happened...I saw a single headlight approaching in the distance. I thought to myself, "Is that another motocyclist? "If so, is he going to do it?" No sooner than those thoughts went through my mind, I saw the two fingers go down, giving me "the sign!" The tense grimmace on my face was now parted with a smile as I returned the gesture. I felt liberated...initiated...as though I had been officially sworn in! He probably had no clue that this was my very first ride on the open highway as he passed what he may have thought to be another seasoned fellow rider. What an invigorating feeling! I can't wait to get out on the road again, but I especially can't wait for the day when I purchase a beautiful new America!!