Hello to All
I am 55 and just retired from 31 years in the government(US Marines and federal law enforcement). I live in far west Texas (El Paso) and have just acquired a 1998 KLR650.
As my signon indicates, I also own a KTM950S. I acquired the KLR as a spare bike and also to outfit it for a trip to Tierra del Fuego next fall. I love the 950 but the price on the KLR was hard to beat. And if I have some major misfortune in Central or South America, I can leave the KLR in place without major financial loss.
I have been dual sport riding for about 5 years. Previous bikes have included a VStrom1000, KTM640E, KTM640Adv, and BMWK1200GT. I presently have a KTM950S as well as the KLR650. My wife rides a Honda 750 Shadow and I have a hard time keeping her off it.
During 2008, I plan on riding to Newfoundland, Alaska, and perhaps TDF. I have ridden to Alaska in 2003 and several times to Copper Canyon. I am always up for a quick trip to the Big Bend or down to Copper Canyon(only 420 miles door to door).
I plan on using this forum and a couple others for advice on upgrading the KLR with emphasis on reliability. I don't want to spend major dollars (have the 950 for that) but the KLR has a reputation for something that will go around the world without costing an arm and a leg. Rich 915 588 5054