My name is Ben and I just bought my first motorcycle, a KLR 650! She's uglier than sin, but she's mine, and I think we'll get along just fine. I'm 30 years old and very single, so I figured now is the time to get a bike and set the precedent for any future lady friends or wives. Me and a motorcycle are now a package deal. I went with a KLR over a BMW to perpetuate the myth that I'm a fixer-upper. The ladies like that. I've been slowly looking for a bike for the past 3 years, but finally took the plunge on thursday. I'm planning to start with weekend fly fishing trips, work my way up to BDR's, and then move onto something a little more long range. Canada? Mexico? Who knows.
The bike, "Annie", is a '97 with that stunning teal and purple color scheme... mmmm, it's a real chick magnet. She has about 20K on her. The previous owner seemed to have a similar personality to me and steered into the purple and teal skid by adding big yellow accent stickers, red reflective tape, and pink bark busters. He also saved me from having to add a skid plate, recessed drain plug, pannier racks, Wolfman luggage (to be replaced by tusk boxes), bark busters, and a center stand.
Given that I'm a magnet for bad luck, she stripped a bolt on the valve cover on my second outing, but I'm not going to take it as a bad sign. She had, after all, been sitting for nearly 6 months so I'll chalk this up to a temper tantrum. We talked and I promised I would give her more attention than the last guy. The neighbors looked at me like I'm crazy, but they just don't understand the love affair. We'll just throw in a helicoil and see what happens. The idea here is to have a cheap commuter (I drive the most beautiful 12 miles to get to work every morning), and something that I can learn on and crash in the dirt.
Looking forward to leeching off your vast knowledge base here in the forum, and hopefully, someday I'll be able to offer it back to someone in my shoes.