Ok...Here's my story. In July, I heard about the TAT. I read up a little on it and instantly knew it was for me. I'm not a motorcycle guy...haven't even owned a bike since I was a kid (41 yrs old now). I'm an adventure guy. I love adventure and the TAT is a grand adventure. I found advrider.com and started reading TAT ride reports nonstop. Found 2 2009 KLR 650s and bought them (my 17 yr old son will be riding with me). I've been lurking around on here daily since July....reading ride reports, learning what upgrades to do to the bikes and learning what gear we need (for both bikes and ourselves). We plan on hauling the bikes in a U-Haul from Louisiana to Charleston, SC, heading west through northern Georgia and Alabama, meeting up with the TAT in Tennessee just north of the Mississippi/Alabama border and then riding Sam's route to Port Orford with a couple of side trips. We're definitely going to take an extra day in Moab to ride the White Rim Trail and probably veer off of the TAT route between Rico, CO and Dove Creek, ride down to 4 corners and then meet back up with the TAT around Monticello, UT so that we can add Arizona to our list of states we rode in. We'll also probably take a side trip to check out Crater Lake in OR. After reaching Port Orford, the current plan is to put the bikes in storage in probably Medford and then fly back to Louisiana. Then in the summer of 2013, we'll fly back to Medford, revive the bikes and ride up to Alaska. I've already added SW-Motech crashbars and Happy Trails skid plates to the bikes. Bought a Zumo 660 and the maps from Sam. Both bikes already had after market seats, one being a Corbin the other I'm not sure of but it's comfortable. Both bikes now have Wolfman Explorer Lite tank bags and one bike has Ortlieb dry saddle bags. Going to replace the pegs on both bikes but haven't decided which pegs to buy yet. I bought us each AFX-39 helmets and added the Sena SMH-10 intercoms. Not sure which jackets, pants and boots to buy yet. Just from the reading I've done, I'm thinking about the Joe Rocket Phoenix 5.0 or Rev'it Air Jackets, the Klim Dakar or Mojave pants and the Alpinestars Scouts. Any comments on the jackets, pants or boots? Or anything else? Looking forward to your input......thanks.