Just want to say hi to everybody as I have been lurking for a couple weeks now. I picked up my '07 R1200RT a couple of months and 3000 miles ago, having never owned a new motorcycle in my life. Previous bikes were mostly 15+ year old Yamahas by the time they were new to me.
The suspension, handling, and brakes on the RT and the other BMW's I checked out left me speechless. The electronically adjustable windshield on the RT sealed the deal for me. The fact that the dealer in my area always had coffee and conversation (and an open offer to test ride) is what drew me toward BMW. I have been ignored at car dealers, etc. in the past. (Sometimes I go out looking like I don't have two nickels to rub together. ) The riders dropping in to talk or shop are also always very friendly.
So I am looking forward to learning about these bikes, doing some road trips, and I am very fascinated by the thought of motorcycle camping. I am looking forward to picking up all I can from other people's experience and knowledge.