I just got back from my first real DS / Adventure ride on the 2008 KLR. We did 600 miles over 4 days with 90% dirt. We hit everything from high speed fire roads, to rocky nasty hill climbs, to dunes, to sandy whooped out double track. It was a great ride but the stock suspension is way to soft. I was loaded with camping gear in soft bags. I never weighed the gear but I'm going to guess between 50 - 80lbs of luggage. The KLR performed great. Power delivery is great in 2nd and 3rd gear and after 150mi of dirt I liked that the bike wasn't 90hp and wouldn't whiskey throttle me off the trail. 2nd gear is a tractor!. The main problem I had was the suspension. I was bottoming out everywhere. I'm a mildly aggressive rider and tend to be cautious when doing multi day backcountry stuff but the suspension just bottoms on the smallest whoops, seems to wallow in it's travel, and makes the ground clearance less than desirable. I've been reading online about Cogent, Tour Tech, and some others but I don't want to spend more than say $500. If I have to go over $1000 I'll just get a different bike. What do you guys think?