Ive heard a saying along the lines of if you love something, let it go, and if it comes back, it was meant to be. I had this happen with a 2009 Erzberg and figured Id document its journey, as it is this bike that got me hooked on LC8s, and KTM in general. Ive decided to bring the bike back to OEM as much as Im comfortable with and will document its purchase, its farkling, its travel across the US, how I lost it, how it was found, and its return journey to its original owner (me), and the defarkling process that I just started . What parts will I replace? What parts are still readily available? How far will I defarkle? All unknown, and no timeframe to complete the project. It all started back in 2010 while searching dealers for left over SEs. Id read enough forums and watched enough videos by then to convince myself I needed one. As luck would have it, I found one 30 minutes from my house at the time in Fredericksburg VA. I called the dealer, they said they had one, and three hours later it was in my driveway. This is the day I bought it .. Since this was going to be my primary mode of transportation in DC on the HOV lanes, it needed storage so a BDCW large rack and a Fat Max box and I was all set. Sent a picture to Kurt at BDCW he immediately sent me a disclaimer that the box might be a little too big for the subframe. Yup, it was, but I didnt have $500 - $1,200 for bags/panniers so it was what it was. Used that thing for 2 years like that while slabbing, never cracked the subframe. I then did the canisterectomy . Got an Adventure Machines jetting kit, pre-filter, and some flex jets . Some of CJs foot peg extenders and a Hammerhead shift lever After about a year I decided it was time to change it up with some black plastic and some EE hand guards and Remus cans . Also put on the Scotts shark fin and a BRP chain guide . Then the day came, I retired and moved to Southern Arizona. Perfect place for the SE, right? Well, none of my friends had big bikes, all smokers and thumpers. I took the SE with them on rides, but some of the technical rocky climbs were dangerous on the SE, the miles and miles of deep sand washes would wear me out, and after a good nap up on the side of a mountain where I thought for an instant I saw our creator, I decided I needed a much smaller and lighter bike. Being retired I did not have the income for two bikes, the SE had to go. Against my better judgment I traded it for a 12 500 EXC. The 500 was the perfect weapon for the riding we were doing but I missed the SE. I called the dealer I traded it in at a week later to see if I could buy it back, and they said it sold just a few days after I traded it. So that was it, it was gone. As the weeks and months went on, I wished I had it back. About 8 months later, and after going back to work I couldnt take it anymore and found this 07 out in Fontana CA. Did a fly-n-ride and brought it home. This is a pic of it the day I rode it home it was over 100 degrees outside for the trip on a bike I knew absolutely nothing about with trashed chain and sprockets and in this pic it was 117 degrees out and I was in the middle of nowhere desert. A few months later I bought another 07 as the one above was in SM mode and I wanted one in ADV mode too . I finally decided that what I really wanted was another Erzberg. That was the void I needed to fill. So, I sold one of the 07s and went on an Erzberg hunt. Over the course of about a year I found a few, but they were all high mileage 25K miles or more, and had been ridden pretty hard not what I was looking for. Then, I found this on eBay in NC for $12,900 with 500 original miles and except for the FMF cans and a tail tidy and a little surface rust on some of the steel from being next to the ocean, it was perfect . However, I was a little too late and this bike was sold and later used for a Rev it project. So, back to checking classifieds across the states weekly. Very discouraged, I did my normal Google search and I ran across an SE in Northern Cali on Craigslist. The second I opened the ad and saw the first pic I about crapped my pants. Not only was it a low mileage Erzberg, it was my original low mileage Erzberg!!!! The mods were EXACTLY like the ones I had done and the black SMR tank panels that read SUPER ENDURO, instead of SUPER MOTO were the icing on the cake. That was definitely mine, and it was for sale. I called the owner, determined it was mine that I had bought in VA and subsequently traded in out in AZ. He pretty much only used it for slabbing and had only put a few thousand miles on it since I had it last. So it was still very low miles in great shape. I went to the bank the next day for a cashiers check, jumped in the truck with my wife, son, and Lab and drove 13 hrs to Northern Cali to pick it up and then immediately drove 13hrs back. Here it is in my truck 10 minutes after purchase .. 13hrs later in my garage BLAM!!!!! Got it back!!!!!!! First order of business was to strip it down, wash it up, and figure out what to do with it. The remus cans were a little beat up so for giggles I put the original cans back on it that I had saved when I first took them off years ago, and thats when I decided to bring it back to its OEM state . So . normally at this point wed be talking about what mods, what set-up, what exhaust, what lights, fairing or no fairing, extra fuel, tires, GPS, seat, etc . but, instead, this thread will be just the opposite, were going back to stock, all fluids will be changed, pads replaced, scratches fixed or replaced, worn parts replaced, back to how it rolled off the floor, how far back is yet to be determined, but here we go .