As I rapidly approach retirement from career #1 and ready my shift to semi-retired status I'm also transitioning into a new method of transportation. Career #1 provided a city vehicle and I had given up on owning a personal vehicle years ago. Although in the interest of full disclosure, my wife continued to own a Toyota Corolla.
Now that I'm closing in on retirement I had been looking at getting a Honda Ruckus motor scooter as a backup to my planned bicycle commuting. However, after pricing out a Ruckus at our local Honda dealer and discovering that in Texas you still need a motorcycle license to operate a scooter/moped I decided that I'm better off just getting a motorcycle.
I ended up purchasing a "used" Honda Rebel. It only had 176 miles on it so someone basicly bought the depreciation from driving it off the dealers lot and then sold it to me. Its a very clean bike and a great learning/local commuting bike for me. Because I plan on career # 2 being local it will provide my transportation to work on the days that I don't feel like bicycle commuting.
Beyond the practicality of my new motorcycle I have also very much enjoyed the overall motorcycle adventure. I have really enjoyed the rides that I have taken around the central Texas area. I also look forward to taking my wife along for some local adventures. I can even see myself eventually stepping up to (adding to the stable) a full size cruiser bike such as the Harley Davidson Dyna Lowrider.