I bought my first BMW, a 2009 F800ST a couple of months ago. I've been riding motorcycles for about 10 years, after a 15-year hiatus. Up until my BMW, I'd been riding Hondas. Very reliable, but not a lot of "soul." When I decided to ditch my Shadow (and cruisers), I looked at a ton of bikes, but the F800ST was the winner. My positive experience with BMW cars had a lot to do with this, I think.
Funny thing, I seriously considered a R1200C back in 2002, but was told by the dealer (!) that the bike wasn't really sorted out well. Wish I had ignored that advice!!
Anyway, I'm loving the ST. Great poise and handling. I'm riding a lot more, and longer rides, then I ever did on the Honda. And already planning an upgrade to the 1300GT. And of course I joined the MOA!
I'm heading to the Rally in July, and will be volunteering. Really looking forward to meeting a bunch of folks and enjoying some wonderful time in the saddle.
See you there!