Bought a new 2001 KLR250 that year. A friend and I were staying at his cabin and riding to some trails I used to ride back in the 1970s. We were returning to his cabin (maybe a 20 mile street ride), when at 1357 miles my KLR developed a bad death knock. He rode his KLR250 to his cabin and brought back his trailer and we towed it home. Took it to the dealer. They found a small piece of silicone sealer from engine assembly had broke loose and plugged the oil supply to the top end. I was hoping for a new engine, but was told Kawasaki only repairs warranty problems, and never replaces engines. Even if the repair cost is higher. Got a new cylinder head, cams, rockers, cam chain tensioner, etc., etc.. Cylinder was all right. It was repaired well, though it took forever, as Kawasaki has the dealer do a partial tear down and then get corporates okay to continue on in stages.
IN owning about 25 motorcycles so far over 52 years of riding, that was the only Japanese bike I ever blew up. Did blow up an old BSA 500 twin, but then, that's what BSA's did best.
Jon in Keaau, Hawaii USA