Newly licensed rider from the Denver, CO area. I found out about this forum from the Yahoo! hornet900 group, and I wanted to stop in and say "hi".
I'm a 36 y/o husband and father. I found out the hard way that it's a good idea to buy your toys BEFORE getting married, because your spouse may not place a bike as high on the family financial priorities list as you do. As it happens though, recent gas prices helped my cause considerably.
I took the MSF class a few weeks ago, and started shopping around for the right bike. I was thinking along the lines of a 750 Nighthawk, but it turns out my height (6'4") made that a less-than-ideally comfortable choice. I went by the local dealership to just sit on a few to see what felt right. I was almost decided on an 1100 Shadow Aero or Saber, when the salesman brought up the 919. I found that the further-back foot pegs with the more upright sitting position worked perfectly for me.
So, here I am with a nice shiny (well, except for a few dings) new-to-me 2004 Honda 919 with 6200 miles on it, and I'm lovin' it! I know I'm not using it to anywhere close to its capabilities yet, and probably won't ever need quite as much bike as I now owh, but there ya' go. Plenty of power, PLUS I get to say I have a naked bike