Ever since I got back on the road again after five and-a-half years off due to a chronic illness I've been denying to anyone who's suggested it that I'm a born-again motorcyclist.
I mean, it has commutations doesn't it? Midlife crisis type men (and there must be a few women too I guess, although it seems mostly to refer to men) who had motorcycles in their youth then cars, family, mortgages etc intervened and now all that's out of the way they realize they're old again and get a big bike and all the gear to try to recapture their lost youth.
I've denied that because it's not me, I rode right up until the day I had my collapse. The family and the mortgage is still here, worse than it was in some ways because one way and another extra debt has accrued due to being off work for what comes to close on six years now. But I've been thinking about it and now I decide that maybe I ought to be proud to call myself a born-again motorcyclist. My motorcycle may be just as old and the same model as I was riding when my illness struck but after so long off the road and feeling like an aged octogenarian I feel now that I'm getting younger again because although I was 50 the other week and now feel like a 40-something again, in some ways even younger. I've taken to doing something I'd not done since I was in my early thirties, just going for a ride for the fun of it (all part of my plan for a return to full strength) reading motorcycle forums and websites like Motorcycle Thailand and being interested in the whole motorcycle scene again. So yes, nothing wrong with being a born-again motorcyclist for whatever reason, as long as you're on the road on two wheels you're okay with me.
Best wishes and good health to all. You don't always realize how important that last bit is until you've been deprived of it for a while I can tell you.