Ok, fellow tight-ass KLR owners (yes, I am talking to you ), I have purchased a 2008 KLR w/ around 27k miles on it. Has a number of farkles already. Doohickey done...Eagle Mike kit Happy Trails OSR racks Happy Trails Paris Dakar Nerf Bars Happy Trails Highway pegs Happy Trails engine guard Moose offset foot pegs Heavy duty shift lever Risers ABS tool tube Maintenance wise: New battery TKC-80's with 50% left Oil changed at least every 2K Kawi recall work done...wire harness/muffler bolts/turn signals Rings changed under warranty and cylinder polished @ 6K....no excessive oil burn New chain and sprockets. 16 tooth front 43 rear. Brake pads changed and still plenty left Hasn't had valve clearances checked yet (which I guessing... not familiar with KLR's... but assume given the miles they need to be checked) Now, I am willing to spend ~2500 on this bike to get it to the following task (although lesser is betterer!) Next Fall I am doing a 6-8month trip through Central/South America with a buddy. I will be buying/building a 2008+ KLR for him to. Probably going to do lots of miles as we zigzag our way down (and back up to Rio). We (well, particularly him) aren't the most experienced off-road, but what we lack in experience, we will attempt to overcome with exuberance and arrogance Aim for the build: Reliable Cheap Reliable Practical Reliable I am humbly seeking all of your fine folk's advice when it comes to: a. What I should spend my hard-earned on b. Little tricks that may result in less single syllable words rhyming with truck being uttered on the trip. I am a firm believer in the PPPPPPP principle. Things I am thinking I need to get/do on the bike(please advise if wrong): New tires (what would you recommend for a 70/30 road/off-road split? - longevity would be key here) Both front and rear wheels look straight, should I look towards going tubeless, particularly in the front? Tank bag (the one on my beemer fits!) GPS Replacing the OSR racks with Pelican cases/mounts - soft bags on the OSR might mean that teeving locals (or fellow tight-ass KLR owners) might nick my stuff! Check valve clearances Alarmed disk brake lock and U-Bolt to lock the 2 bikes together Inverter Parts/tools to carry with: Clutch cable Spark plug (and tool) Vice grips Tire spoons Multi-grips Adjustable spanner Fuses Bulbs Spare oil Screw drivers Tire repair kit (tubeless and tube kits) Spare tire tubes Spare chain Chain links (x3) Chain breaker Duct Tape Cable ties WD-40 Right - have at it!