Ok, everyone else here is doing it. (nice pictures danedg!)
Here's my (not) slash-two story.
1990, I was into British bikes. (Royal Enfield, the ones built in England!)
I didn't care for BMW's. Ponderous handling, sedate accelleration...
(but they didn't seem to break down!)
My introduction was a basket case that my BMW riding friends convinced me I needed to buy. After listening to thier nagging for 6 years, I finally put it together to get them to shut up and leave me alone!
Didn't take long to figure out how good these things are, and the old Britbikes got left in the garage to be taken out once or twice a year for vintage events.
This is what I got! (not the kid, I put her together in 1990 just before I got the BMW)
12 years later, still going strong, and about to hand an R100GS its ass on a rough forest service road.
Later. We let the guy on the GS catch up.