hey man. Glad to have another atlanta guy on the scene. I picked up my 2005 KLR a couple months ago. It has been a real gas saver, and a blast to ride. Like yourself, I was a little apprehensive about riding on the highway, but I found that after a month and a few trips down I-75 at about 70mph, you get use to it and it isn't so bad. I mainly drive sidestreets, though. I just replaced the stock tires last week. I went with the Avon Distanzia's. So far, they stick to the road like glue. Great handling and the road noise went down considerably. I did A LOT of research and asked the opinion of quite a few people, and I didn't get one consistent recommendation. Everybody had their own opinion on which tires they like, and they are all right in their own respect. I don't do too much off roading, (but I plan to do more when I find good places to ride), and I wanted a tire that would be great on wet and dry pavement with good off road capability. I found that tires are where a vehicle meets the road, so you want to get the tires that most suit the purpose you will be using the bike for.