I have been riding for a year. My first bike - an '83 750 was perfect. Except for the fact that I've been tinkering with it for 75% of the time that I have owned it. For the past 2 weeks I've been down - and trying to figure out how to fix an electrical problem - and wondering "what next". I am at the point where I'm wondering if it is worth putting any more time or money into this bike. I don't have much time - and even less money. I have to have a vehicle for daily commuting, and would love to have a bike. Here's my question for those of you who have been doing this a lot longer. If I buy another used bike - is there a "safer" age than an '83 that will have less constant maintenance? If I get a new bike - will I get 20,000 miles out of it with scheduled maintenance and not too many of the crazy issues I've had with this bike? Or is a motorcycle, by definition, a machine that is having need of constant tinkering and fixing?