Im looking to get my first (running) bike. I'm wanting an older bike I can run any where on/off road. Scrambler/cafe with a mean sound. I would like to start out with a Yamaha xs or a Honda CB just because there's a lot out there and there not that expensive from what I'm seen. Guys chill out I've been reading some of the other new guys threads about inquiring on how they should start and I think the word used the most to describe you knowledgeable gents is harsh. I respect you guys and your experience. I'm here to become informed and to make the best decision I can with the knowledge you guys can provide. Now with out further ado I get to the meat of this thread. My goal although it maybe an ambitious one or done right left field is to build a Harley 883 into a scrambler/cafe with some aggressive tread just looks mean as hell to me. I want to start out with something smaller as to not end my life sooner rather than later. I know the the Honda CB's, the Yamaha XS's, and the Suzuki GS's area good starting point. I'm not really too impressed with the Suzukis. Th CBs have caught my eye the most and the Yamaha's I could settle for since they still can be turned into some really nice bikes. I'll start with a stock bike and ride for awhile. I'm not going to start with a ninja 250 they have no style. I want classic. The lines are way better. I'm assuming that you colorful group of gents already know this. So, down to the age appropriate question what bike do you think a 32 year old novice should start out with first?