I used to ride dirt bikes all the time as a kid. I've wanted a road bike for years, but never followed though with it.

Wife just gave me the green light to get one.

What bike should I start out with? I really don't think I want a crotch rocket.

I'm really leaning towards a Harley V-Rod. Looking at a 2002 for 12 grand. I'm also considering a 1200 Sportster.