Greetings from QLD, Australia
Traded my KLR650 in for an 04 Blue Blackbird (the Bluebird as the wife often refers to it). Only been riding for a year, so taking it easy at the moment. Replaced the ventura rack almost immediately with a givi setup, not that I don't like the ventura stuff, just finally wanted to get some hard, lockable luggage, having only dealt with the soft stuff on the KLR
Spoke to some random I saw at a petrol station who was taking a break before he headed home on his blackbird, he seemed a little concerned that I'd picked one up as a second bike with such little riding experience (which did make me slightly concerned also).
Nevertheless I do rather enjoy riding, and going from a 650 single to an 1100 inline4 is a phenomenal difference, add the riding position, the fact that the blackbird basically doesn't dive under breaking (not sure if that's just me expecting longtravel suspension, or the dual-linked brakes), is an interesting transition time
Certainly keen to keep an eye out for any group rides that get organised, although I suspect I'll be captain slow on any ride for a while to come, no harm in that though, just keeping my own pace.