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Motorbiking is fashionable and plenty of riders are coming back to ride again, a few of them are also getting hurt. To stand a chance of getting through the earliest days of your 'comeback' it's a good idea to take things easy. It doesn't matter how good or experienced you thought you were back in the day, the combination of being rusty and riding a new bike can be loaded with a few risks.
After a lengthy time off your motorcycle, don't think you're ready to ride again without a refresher. For example look at the following two pictures. You can't just take a year off biking and then start doing wheelies. Take a training course: every motorcycle riding school offers day refresher courses. It's a great way to meet new riders and have some fun. Think of it this way: you're a bit rusty and you can only get better.
Be realistic and don't think that the experience from your younger days is enough to cope with riding after a break from it all. Training will help you to familiarise yourself with the new challenge you'll need a little time to get back into things fully. If you've had a break from biking, be patient to avoid having another very different kind of break!
Be prepared to face some changes. The pace of motorcycle technology has never been as high, and there's no doubt motorcycles are safer and more capable than ever. Motorbikes are in a different league now and as little as ten years ago, only a select number of motorcycles were equipped with anti-lock brake systems (ABS). Current advancements are now available, BMW and Ducati provide traction control and Honda is even working on automatic transmissions for motorcycles.
Traffic is also a real issue. The amount of traffic using the roads has increased dramatically, and many of today's riders are more experienced than you. Adjusting to your new world takes time and getting some professional help can be a good idea. The key to highway riding is maintaining your speed, because going too slow will only cause you problems.
Welcome back comeback kid! Returning to riding is exciting, take it easy and don't be afraid to take a refresher course. Safety precautions will only make you a better rider. Enjoy the ride! Eat Sleep RIDE.