Just reading the "How was your first ride" thread and was prompted to share a story about my return to riding. I'm still shaking my head about some of the stupid decisions I made and about the systems that allowed me to make them. Can't help thinking that I'm very lucky to be here to tell the story. After riding from the age of 15 until I was 23 I hung up the helmet and gloves, not expecting to ever ride again. But 20 years later the mid-life crisis came along and I decided it was time for a Harley. So, still holding a bike riders licence even though I hadn't ridden for 20 years, I hired a Heritage Softail, boots, gloves, jacket and helmet. With my new partner riding pillion, I fired up the Harley and rode from Melbourne to Warnambool. After spending the night there we rode back along the Great Ocean Road, caught the ferry over to Sorrento and rode home. I can't believe I was so stupid. I would have been less competent than a brand new rider coming out of a learner school! I must say I enjoyed myself immensely, despite one or two scary moments, and got home without any accidents. More good luck than good management!! I learned a lot from that ride - not the least of which was that I'm not ready for a Harley! Sparks flying off the running boards on every corner kept the cars away from me at least! Anyone else have any stories about returning to riding after a long break? What do you think about some form of compulsory re-testing? Hard to implement but might save some lives.