Reading this thread is jaw dropping. I opened the thread because I am also getting back into bike riding after several decades. I plan on picking up my new R1200RT in the spring after spending years in Japan and here on Yamaha's and Honda's. I have learned so very much on this website but now I am learning that, just like me, there are many SCUBA divers who are bike riders. I have my AOW, rescue and nitrox. Living within 45 min of Dutch Springs is a wonderful plus of this sport.
I too plan on taking courses on safe bike riding as soon as possible. I am also a retired volunteer fireman (35 years) and am very safety oriented.
Can't wait to ride in the spring.
You may be picking up a brand new R1200RT, but you already possess the most important accessory for your motorcycling endeavors - a "safety first mindset."
Enjoy your travels!
Kevin Greenwald - Touring Tips Editor
Nationally Certified Law Enforcement Motor Officer (Ret.) / IBA Member #34281
MSF RiderCoach # 121656 (BRC,SBRC,IS,IME,SMARTrainer)
Motorcycle/Driving Instructor - ROAD AMERICA Race Track