Hello from Washington DC
I'm getting my new Versys this weekend. This'll be my second new bike this year. I rode a 2008 Ninja 250 until a driver decided he really, really wanted to drive in my lane instead of his own on the George Washington Parkway. Thankfully, I was wearing full gear and the muscle memory tricks taught in the MSF course worked beautifully. The downside was my $3,500 bike sustained about $3,900 worth of damage.
The other driver's insurance accepted fault and paid off my Ninja and bought me a new helmet and jacket. So, it's back in the saddle soon.
I've ridden for about two years now. My first bike was a '98 Triumph Thunderbird. I loved it but the maintenance costs were killing me. Since then I've become a big fan of Kawasaki. The Ninja 250 was a great machine and almost daily I had people blown away that it cost just under $4k out the door and got almost 60 miles-per-gallon. That said, I'm looking forward to riding something a little more comfortable.
Anyway, I am a passionate Arsenal FC fan and I enjoy a good mojito.