Hey all, I've been posting bits and pieces on this build in the various KLR threads but maybe it's time for it's own space. Soooo.... gotta start somewhere I guess. I started with this.... But maybe a bit of history for context first? Here's my first dual sport on the way to the AMA Superbike races at BIR with beer in the cooler. I think I was rooting for Troy Corser that year? After a few months with this bike I knew there would always be a DS in the garage. Great bike, had some shortcomings but I didn't know any better, I just rode the wheels off it. I sold it way too cheap to a friend, who still rides it today, and replaced it with this.... Again, great bike, rode the DNR trails in Northern MN with my kid, etc. but it was just too dirt focused for my needs. Most of my riding is in the drift-less region of Wisconsin so I need to pound out a couple hundred miles on pavement before getting to the "good stuff" I needed more luggage capacity, more comfort, etc. Basically I needed a street bike that can do dirt, not a dirt bike that can do street. So I skipped right over the DR and got a 96 KLR. Here she is the day I brought her home..... The body work was pretty beat up so I started collecting the red-silver stuff. Over that winter it was gone though and all the usual stuff was done...... It emerged that spring looking pretty fresh..... So for the next few years it served me well, never left me stranded, no issues at all. Many great rides. Oh, and I guess I need to post the mandatory ADV staged water crossing to make it official..... (I'm told I need to stand up to make it look more adventurous) Ok, sorry about the picture show/history lesson, time to get on with the build ......... in a bit.