I'm a longtime lurker and new BMW rider. My stepdad is the one who I can thank for getting me into BMW bikes. As a kid he had a mid 1970s R75/7 I believe and he traded it on a new '97 R1100RT. My mom also had an F650GS at some point. I learned how to ride on both bikes back in high school but never really got into biking until now. During college I did have a Honda Ruckus that was a hoot on campus. I took the Illinois MSF course, and that was one of the funnest weekends Ive ever had!
I had been searching for a ride that would be fun for my 3mi commute to work (if thats even possible) and something that would be good for day trips around the Midwest and something that would be tour-ready for trips out west. My parents now live in Colorado and I plan on riding out there at some point in the Fall. I was searching for a nice R1100R for a while and finally found a great example (a 1999 R1100R) at BMW Countryside and purchased through Mike Abt, a really great no-pressure sales manager over there. Now I just have to wait impatiently until riding season.
Anyways I hope to see some of you around the Chicago area and thanks to everyone here for the great wealth of knowledge on these forums.