I just bought an '02 KLR as my first bike and I love it! It's powerful enough to use on the Interstate and forgiving enough for a noob like myself. It rides the hills around Knoxville with no issues and it's stupid simple to work on. I live 25 or so miles from HWY-129 and am looking forward to a camping trip with my KLR to NC this summer. Also this forum has been a great help to me for diagnosing some *cough* *cough* pilot jet problems after the PO had it in extended storage I appreciate the wealth of knowledge and goodnatured people on this site you guys ROCK!