Hello, I purchased a new 08 last week so I'm just getting the break in miles on it. I've been riding some sort of two wheeler for about 30 years but mostly street bikes for the last 7 years. I've been lusting over the KLR for over a year and decided to dive on in. I ride a ST1300 on the long trips, but hope to test the KLR on some medium distance trips. I live near Concord, N.C. very close to the Lowes Motor Speedway. My favorite rides are over to the Dragons Tail, north Georgia, and east Tenn. I'm looking forward to getting in the dirt again.