Looks like I may joining your ranks soon.
I'm moving from Eastern Canada to Bellevue/Redmond in May(-ish), and will be NOT buying a car, but a bike instead when I arrive. It'll be my sole mode of transport until my wife gets to town with our car. (when our house sells)
Anyway, glad to stumble across an active group of riders.
A BMW is high on my list of bikes, though I'll likely buy used to keep the costs lower. Eastside Motorsports (in Bellevue) appears to have a nice 2003 K1200GT for sale now with 28K miles on the clock. Price is decent, so I may swing by to take a look on my next trip to town (early April).
...and during that trip, I'm going to take a Safety Rider's course through Evergreen to get my skills up to speed safely again. It's been a few years since I last rode, but EVERY spring I get the itch to ride again - and now I'm going to make it happen...with my wife's blessing even! Her only ask is to buy a comfortable bike I'll be happy with for a while, and that she can ride along with me on...
Anyway, it's great to know there are active riders out around Seattle frequently.