My name in the real world is Mike, Dread is for the hair and just sounds plain neat when it is a forum name. I've been riding bikes for about 5 years now, small starting bike, cruiser, sport touring bike and now a KLR. The KLR is hands down the most fun of the lot. Motorcycles are really my main interest, and I'm hoping to become more competent in wrenching on them - the KLR seems to be perfect for that. I recently moved to Idaho where I am a professor in a law school. I'm up here with my gal and our two dogs - a cairn terrier and a german shepherd. I definitely like the KLR community - there isn't the pretense that some folks bring with them to the cruiser and sport touring worlds. I still have my ST1300 - great bike, but a lot different from the KLR. I'm a Navy vet, stationed for many years in Japan, divorced and just taking my time to enjoy what the world has to offer now.