So where to start? I'm prepping a KLR for a long trip. Sights are set on central/south America ....and I promise not to build a solar car. I've been riding most all my life. took my first trip in Mexico with my father when I was 11. All dirt. And they didn't have bungee cords or mono shock suspensions back then. Background: I have a 2006 KLR650 that has 3600 miles on it. why? Because I had a GL1800 since 2003 and my wife and I drove that thing all over. We did the iron butt on that thing, we rode across America, We went to Cabo and back, rode dirt roads. We pulled a timeout trailer at times. We went out for breakfast one day, and came back 2 days later. It was that kind of bike. 2 months ago, October 27th, 2013, I was hit in an intersection on the wing. Thank God my wife wasn't with me. I broke some ribs, the right leg, and had some staples in my back for a deep laceration. The wing is toast. But I have backup! Funny how things affect people in different ways. My wife doesn't care to ride, and I can't wait. The KLR is a 1 up bike. While recuperating I scoured this site for info. I had done some upgrades but now its time to get serious. Ride reports like "tuckers to tdf" inspired me, and honestly, they helped me more than I can explain. And I'm not talking about the nuts and bolts part of a trip. So now it's my turn to give back. I signed up on the tent space thread. I intend to show the prep work for an extended trip on a gen 1 KLR. Pictures as soon as I can figure out how to operate my new camera and upload from smugmug.