Thanks for the replies last week...
I posted about a new Versys... then went off into a bit of a rant (was upset due to some issues with the purchase/seller).
I didn't get the chance to say thank you to the people who replied, for advice and the welcome (and the sympathy). All were greatly appreciated, though.
I was a bit freaked out until I got a good mechanic to go over the bike - since I haven't owned a Versys before, I was concerned about every unfamiliar vibration and so on.
Now that I've been reassured all is good (after a few adjustments), I've been loving the bike. Finally managed some good backroad riding today, including a few of the sort of gravel/dirt roads my mother warned me about (said to be very unfriendly to this bike). All was good. And fun.
Only problem is, I had to go lock up my friend's restaurant tonight. Coming back, I really didn't want stop riding... This thing has the potential to interfere with my sleep.
But, I just wanted to say thanks to all. It's nice to be here.