There's been a motorcycle shaped hole in my life ever since I sold my Blackbird three years ago. It was the last of a string of Hondas, starting with a CL 175, a Nighthawk 450, a CB 750 Custom, a Valkyrie Interstate and the CBR1100XX Super Blackbird.
I gave up the Blackbird after I snapped off my right biceps tendon, which happened about a year after I snapped off the left one. The Bird was spending more time in the garage than on the road while I was recovering, and somehow I came under the spell of some crazy notion that I was done with motorcycles.
So I turned my attention to overlanding. Built a Montero and an H3 and have been enjoying the adventure ever since. But at 16mpg in the little Hummer, adventuring on my own was overkill and having it as my daily driver was gouging the budget, so about six months ago I started my research on ADVenture motorcycles.
The search was narrowed by a low budget and availability. I got to a point of considering the BMW R1150/1100GS and the post-2008 Kawasaki KLR. They're in similar price points on the used market, but the KLR is much more ubiquitous. I've wanted a BMW GS for ever, but the KLR's simplicity was more attractive to my pragmatic side.
So, this 2008 KLR 650 was added to our adventure vehicle fleet last week. The deal-clincher on this ride was the Pelican panniers (it's a film production geek thing). A cursory inspection with the seller looked like everything was still in the right place, and at just under 7600 miles, it couldn't be too worse for wear.
The engine's torquey and eager, the riding position is amazing compared to the Bird, the suspension is, well, stock, and I love it.