Wow... I'm impressed. Actually I was mostly wandering about the longest trip...no matter how many days, but the daily miles you guys put on is a lot higher than I expected. I'm picking up my first KLR, an '03 with 10k miles on it tomorrow. I'd had big plans to have it road ready before I got it with 2 new tires, and having my doohickey and that extra spring installed. I thought from lurking on the forum that the doohickey installation was a fairly simple operation. When the dealer saw the part I gave them, they told me it was a major ordeal, getting deep into the engine and would cost me about $200 labor. When I finally got around to looking at the youtube video I saw they were right. Since I'm out of money, I'm taking the KLR home as-is. If I fall in love with it, I'll scrape together the extra bucks, and have them installed. I am NOT a mechanic. After that, it's the taller windshield, better seat, and distant horizons.