Just a quick one to say g'day, I live in Adelaide South Australia, the same place as Lofty Bob. Its not a bad location to settle down in as we have a mountain range nearby that is definately XR1200 country (the mountains are on the smaller scale but the roads are great), its fun surprising the Ducati riders when you overtake them in the corners on a Harley. Even if you cant overtake them its still good keeping up with them and that tends to upset them just as much. I discovered the XR1200 when they were being released in England and it was then that I knew I had to have one, but unfortunately I had to wait almost another six months before I got my hands on one. Ive had mine now since early November 08 and since then I've clocked up 17,837 hassel free klicks. No matter what conditions I've come across on the road, be it 42 degree C heat or several days of monsoon type rain the XR1200 hasnt miss a beat which is more than I could say for myself. 42 degrees on the Hay Plains I felt that I was melting and two days of heavy rain with no wet weather gear, (it was summer, who needs wet weather gear?) I now know what its like to be a drowned rat on a sports bike. The only problem that I have had so far was riding through a plague of locusts up past West Wyalong in NSW in December, the locusts bent every fin on the oil cooler and almost blocked the air intake grill but it didnt effect the bikes performance in the slightest. Which was more than I could say for myself, I went from 160kph to 20kph in about 6 seconds and stayed that way for another 15-20 klicks and it hurt like hell, it was a bad time to have an open face helmet and fingerless gloves. Just to make sure I dont have any problems in the future my oil cooler now has a protective grill cover. Being single I have the advantage of spending up on my bike, I have all the bags for touring, the rack, pillion backrest ,sports screen and I also have a heap of carbon fibre parts and go fast gear from Adrenalin-Moto (thanks Matt, the gear is great). My Remus pipe goes on next week if my Power Commander unit arrives in time, but the net result is that my XR1200 is the perfect bike for me, it does everything I want it to do and I cant stop riding it...my ultimate bike. As far as the rest of my life goes thats easy....48 years old, 32 years spent in the army, married 3 times, now single again, I have nine children 3 boys, 6 girls and 3 grandchildren and the only thing that keeps me sane is riding my XR1200. Im glad that this is only a quick intro, but I cant help talking about my bike. And as they say..."Life is Good".