first car i ever bought was my 55 sedan. all the other cars were either gifts from my parents or friends...technically my first 3 vehicles i ever bought were 55's. sedan, then hardtop, then my truck. and i never thought i would buy anything with fuel injection. never once considered buying a new car except for a new mercedez...too expensive for me right now. then out of the blue, i thougt about riding again. had a 59 sportster magneto kick start only when i was 21. blew the lower end to smithereens on the freeway one day. it was a bad ass bike. then i just got the bug, pops bought his old 45 flat head back from the guy he sold it to 30 years ago, also has a 96 ci stroker shovel head kick start only. uncle has a 1200 sportster and 58 panhead, cousin has a 93 road king. i know a lot of friends and family that ride. ditched my overpriced girlfriend and her family, got a better paying job after graduating and bought a brand new 2013 sportster. (does that count for a mid life crisis) 50 mpgs, which is actually quite nice compared to the 8 mpg 454 i run in my gasser. put 270 street miles in in 6 days of riding, breaking in the motor. runs good, starts good, no wrenching necessary. brand new, looks sharp and clean. people always ask if it's my first bike. i laugh. i was in the middle of building a hardtail sportster. i looked into the new bikes. deal was sweet enough. still might finish the hardtail sportster and sell it. evo 5 speed with 80 spoke rims. complete motor and trans and springer front end.