Beat you to death???????????????
What kind of wussy would say that????
Check out www.daddyjoe.info
, you can read about my trip from SE KY to Key West FL on my 04 KLR, or my trip in 06 to the left coast and back, or my trip to Venice FL in 07 on the KLR.
With 12, K on it I have to ask, have the valves been checked??
Second set of tires??????? Mine was gone at 4500.
There are MANY mods you can do to it to make things better, but which ones you want depends on you. On my web site I show some of the ones I have done to my 04.
NADA tunnel in the red river gorge is awesome, we rode that last week. Deals gap is better during the week, unless you are going to see all the bikes that show up there. You will see all kinds there, and a bunch of them too. Just remember to ride YOUR ride and don't get caught up tring to keep up with someone.
One important thing about riding anywhere, don't try to strighten out the road by riding in the wrong lane. A lot of the crashes on deals gap are caused by a car, truck or even a bike crossing the center line and hitting oncomming traffic head on. Or a bike running off the road avoiding someone in their lane.
Just be safe and HAVE FUNNNNNNNNNNNNN