I'm 6'4", 38 years old, long in the back more than the legs, and have held my CBT for a grand total of one day
I'm sort of in love with the Honda Varadero as it feels like a bike that's big enough for me; but the only decent local one 2nd hand is £2700 (which is a lot for my first bike I reckon).
I was wondering around a dealer today and swung my leg over a 6 month old CBF125 (black and silver, tasteful) and to my suprise the reach to the bars felt good (the CG I learnt on had me feeling like I wanted to sit almost on the pillion cushion), even if the seat height is definately much lower than the varadero. And it's only £1700. Mind you, it's clearly a little lower in quality throughout.... the dash pod to start with.
Whatever I get, it's going to be mainly used for commuting - one workplace is pretty much all 30mph for 14 miles, the other is a bit less distance with some countryside B road NSL. I don't have time for my 34 other hobbies, so random weekend hooning is unlikely.
I think I like the varadero more still, but that thousand pounds is a bit thought provoking. Either way, it looks like both bikes will hold their values reasonably well, and insurance is very similar.
How do I choose?! Help!