Should I embark on this KLR adventure?
A friend of mine said he'd sell me his 2011 KLR 650 for just over $3000. He's a responsible motorcycle mechanic that bought it new, and I trust that he's taken very good care of it. He's only used it for about 9500 miles of commuting. It's got a few upgrades: An FMF Q4 muffler, Dynojet jet kit, MSR footpegs, TrueGel battery, and a few other bits.
My background: I have a Ural, a Sportster, and a '70s Honda cafe racer. I've been eyeing dual-sports for a while now, usually considering something like a 250 or 300. But let's be honest here: I might get bored of something that small, and I'm not looking for a bike to replace some day.
The tough/fun part, depending on how you look at it: It's not the price that makes me want to do this. Anyone can find a good price on a good bike. Most of the reason I want it is to be able to fly across the country, visit all my old friends for a week or so (I haven't seen most of them for several years), and ride it back from the Atlantic to the Pacific. I know it's definitely not a good highway bike so I'll have to find a non-truck or non-highway route and take it slow, which I don't mind at all. My wife is supportive, if that counts.
I really want to do this, but I'm looking for some ideas on both sides of the argument here. Would you tell your husband or wife this would be a bad idea? Would you help talk your neighbor, fellow employee, or best friend into doing it? Would you do it?