Ha, ha - - not at all long winded. You are indeed correct. There are many who will stretch, bend, or otherwise exaggerate the truth regarding maintenance and operating practices in order to get the sale. The PO seemed like a fairly reliable and honest sort and was in no great hurry to sell the KLR. In fact he even told me that if I changed my mind after the 98 mile ride home to just give him a call and he'd take the bike back
Highly unusual in my experience. Still, though, as recommended by Lockjaw, Willys, and let's not forget Howlin' Wolf I will therefore "Do the Do". I'll check/replace the torsion spring while in there as well.
Thanks, Willys, for the tip regarding the oil screen. I'll definitely have a look.
Planalp - I'll put valves on the list of things to do within the next 1,000 miles as well. I have been accustomed to rods and tappets when it comes to valve adjustment so I have been spoiled. I watched a You Tube clip on KLR valve adj and it seemed a bit more involved than remove tappet cover and lengthen/shorten push rods for just enough twirl at TDC. Still, though, it didn't look too bad.
So far I am impressed with the KLR. It appears to be one of those "get out of it what you put into it" types of cycles. That's good because I sometimes enjoy wrenching just as much as I do riding. I have the Clymer Manual on the way and next I'll be off to Eaglemike.com to start pricing a lever kit and new torsion spring.
Still on the list are heated grips (I've always wanted them), power up front for a GPS and a GPS mount. I also have lowering links on the way. I'm a bit over 6' but only weigh in at 170 lbs. Even after a shock adjustment to 1 I am not as sure-footed as I prefer to be. I don't want a low-rider or anything like that but would prefer to be flat-footed when astride and "walking" the cycle up the driveway rather than on tip-toes. I figure a 1.5" drop in the back and a matching adj up front will do the trick. I'll let you know how all of that goes . . .
Until then thanks again for the kind welcome and the helpful suggestions!