I purchased a 2004 R1150RT last August after having been off a bike for about 15 years. Prior to this purchase I had owned several bikes, but got off in order to raise a young'un. She goes off to college in the fall, so now her mom and I have time for our own interests.
To prepare for the experience, I spent a great deal of time lurking in several forums (msta, Bmwsporttouring andhere) both to learn about the bikes as well as the community. I finally decided to get off my lazy butt and start to participate. I look forward to meeting and interacting with you all, at the very least via the forum and hopefully on the road somewhere/sometime.