I live in central California where we can (and very much do) ride year round. Four years ago I sold my 1999 Honda VT750 (166,000 miles) to a friend and bought a new 2016 Indian Scout. I liked the classic looks, nimble handling, and increased power. After 26 years of teaching machine shop at a local community college, it was a retirement present to myself. My wife got a new car when she retired so there was little discussion. I had been riding 10K a year and wanted to stay with a mid-sized bagger as my primary form of transportation with the hopes of doing some serious cross country traveling. I currently have 103,000 miles on the bike and have ridden to all of the lower 48 states with plans for Alaska next spring. I do most of the maintenance myself, the exception being warranty work and valves (pain in the backside due to shim-and-bucket style). I have made some modifications to fit the bike better to fit me and how/where I ride. I am much more of a function over fashion person but life is too short to ride am ugly bike, or for that matter, hunt with an ugly gun.