I am planning to get my first motorcycle this summer and am looking for some input. I have listed a few points that I thinkk are relevant below. feel free to ask any other questions.
I am starting a new job and will be commuting about 3-5 miles each way on nice small paved roads. It would also be nice to comfortably explore unpaved (gravel) state maintained roads and also make an occasional trip home (2 hrs each way, mostly two lane highway).
I will still have my van for when I need to haul anything or when conditions are not great.
Growing up I spent a fair amount of time on friends' dirt bikes (50, 80, 90, and 125 cc) and my dad had a Honda Shadow 500 for a couple of years that I rode around close to the farm.
I am 6'1, and 175 lbs. Once I am very comfortable I will sometimes have a passenger.
In terms of style I am drawn to the 70's Honda CBs, the earlier bmws, and the only modern bike I have seem that I really like the looks of is the Suzuki TU250 I don't want a collectors item though, it might sometimes get parked in the rain (not if I can help it) etc..
Thanks in advance!