Well, I finally pulled the trigger on an XR1200 (orange). I was planning to wait until I had another year-end bonus under my belt, and had the washer and dryer I bought my wife (to grease the planks for my XR purchase) paid off, but a local dealer was selling their 2009's at invoice ($9700) and I couldn't resist! My past bikes have been a 1980 Yamaha SR500, an '82 Yamaha XV920R (TR1 for you limeys), a 1984 XLX61 Sportster (modified, but long dead in the back of my garage) and a highly sporterized 1995 Triumph Thunderbird - my current ride. I added a 6-speed tranny, 6 piston Harrison front brake, K&N/Dynojet Stage 1 engine mods, "off-road" silencer, WP/Racetech suspension, sport handlebers. etc., etc., etc., but at 14 years old and 50,000+ miles I needed one more bike before I hang it up ( I'm 62). I've been reading the forum for a while, and am glad to be an "official" member!