Mcuh to my parents dissapointment I did read Zen and the Art of Motocycling when I was kid back in '68 or '69. Getting a copy of the maintenance "Zem" would be a real hoot after all these years. thanks!
As far as multiple "doo's" go,,,,,, I've mentioned in previous posts I did a lot of guiding. For me, guiding was also about teaching. Over fifty years of doing that has resulted in quite a few "friends"- multi generational now- who all share a love of the outdoors. At sixty, old injuries required.Orthopedic surgeries for the second and third time.and some parts just couldnt be fixed anymore. Dual sport bikes were a way for me to still do what I love, which is getting out in the wild places and camp. Seems like a lot of folks in my little outdoor community thought it looked like fun. I look for good deals on used bikes, make recommendations and now end up "teaching" off road riding skills and how to camp off a bike. Two of the bikes we found were KLR's that hadn't had the "doo" done yet, so I volunteered for the job. It actually started with tires, of all things. I've been riding since '66 and never once had a flat tire that needed road side repairs. After seeing so much attention being given to trail side tire repairs when dual sporting, I decided that was a skill I needed. The first season I think I changed out sixteen sets of tires on both my bikes and for a few friends. I'm still no expert but I've gotten pretty handy at changing out tubes, patching, and tires when the need arises. My experience is that a lot of folks buy what they're told they need (spare tubes, irons, compressor etc.) but dont have a clue how to actually use that stuff. As far as I know, you cant buy "skill" off the shelf at Walmart. Sorry for such a long answer. I'm just one of those guys who believes in "passing it on". Happy to report that its been funny to see "first" bikes might not be KLR's, but most often the next one is Here's to reliability and simplicity!