RV6Andy: welcome to riding. I'm in the same, uh, demographic as you. I used to ride a lot about 20 years ago, but then came the pleasant baggage of adulthood--kids, homeownership, etc. Sold my bike and never thought about it until this spring, when The Itch came back.
Now that my son is 18, I took the MSF course with him and got an old Monster 620 for him and a shiny new 796 for me, and I love riding again.
(Geelong is near Melbourne, right? I bet you have some beautiful roads in that area. Post photos when you can...)
2013 Monster 796 white