I'd say from a riding perspective 2011 has been a good year for me. I bought my DL-1000 and sold my VTX1300R in that order. Did my first long trip on the bike, 4500 miles through the midwest of the US, with a week at an airshow in Wisconsin and returning through Montana, Idaho, and Utah. Turns out I really enjoyed it even though I rode through a a record setting heatwave in Nebraska, Iowa, and Wisconsin.
After that trip, I saw a couple of posts on the V-Strom board about this group and the gathering in California. So, I took a long weekend and rode out to check it out.
I sure wasn't disappointed. Met some amazing people and spent most of my time wide eyed and absorbing as much as I could. Very similar to my first trip to the Fly-in at Oshkosh, WI 20 years ago.
Now, I planning my first moto-camping trip of 2012 to a state park in Arizona leaving just a couple of days into the new year.
My personal life in 2011, that is a whole different story.