I started riding 26 years ago. I had not ridden a motorcycle in any serious fashion in at least five years. I got the bug and bought a 2008 KLR 650 yesterday. I have a ton of farkle on order. I am going on a trip to Alaska in two weeks and will ride it 2,000 miles and ride the ferry the rest. I am pressty excited. This morning I decided to put 65 miles on the bike real quick while keeping it under 4000 RPM's, (what a pain), I would have loved to open it up through the twisties. The bike has the factory Dunlops on it, and they are squirrely as heck in the dirt. Any tire upgrade suggestions would be appreciated. I rode the bike from my house in Battle Ground WA to Lucia Falls Road. I followed the Lewis River as far as I could and went a few more miles on gravel and dirt. Thsis is where the tires sucked. You can tell from the picture, that the bike is still like new. I guess I got lucky :).