Well, I bought an '08 DL650 a month or so ago. First impressions are that it is no offroad monster! More like a street bike that someone slapped some dirt tires on! But, after a week long 2-up trip around the Colorado Mountains, it became apparent that there is more here than just a sloppy attemp at building an adventure touring bike. Let's start at the beginning. I did an 850-mile turn and burn with this bike arriving at 4:30pm to pick the bike up. After a short trip to WallyWorld for some supplies, I fit the highway. 16-straight-hours and 850 miles later I was home! Anyone claiming to have an Iron Butt is lying to your face. Any that has done that many miles non-stop will tell you just how tender your backend really is!!! Fast-forward a month and that brings us to about 2500 miles on the DL with little issues until the trip to the Crystal Mill in Colorado VIA Lead King Basin road! I have taken my XRR over this before with ease. The DL, however, did it but with some issues.....like the 8" of ground clearance. But, see as I have less than a 30" inseam, you cannot ask for much.! Enough trailing off, here it is: Casualties: Shift lever nub snapped off Skid plate used and abused Exhaust pipe abused Centerstand abused but surviving Massive oil leak from the clutch rod seal and countershaft seal Cheesy plastic hand gaurd really abused! Rear brake pads toasted (they were done when I bought the bike as was the rotor) Other minor issues that are not worth remembering Skid: So let's start with the hand guards. I bought a set of cheap but nice hand guards from Cycle Gear. The Trackside hand guards are pretty nice considering I paid $54 shipped for them.They dont look nearly heavy enough but they are 100X better than the stock plastic. Alot of people said that had issues fitting them to the stock DL bars but not me. Bolted right on using the DL bar weights and hardware. The TS guards bar end hardware is much too small to be used with these thin-wall bars(the hardware is for Protaper or Renthal type bars with thicker walls) Nothing fancy but it'll do! Next was the sealing problems! As most of you know, the DL650 suffers from a serious lack of seal around the clutch push rod near the counter sprocket. Easy fix, put a bigger, better seal in there!! I used a seal from a 2008 DL1000, which is used in alot of other Suzuki bikes. New rod and new CS seal also. All tolled, I spent around $50 for all the parts. The only thing to do with the new pushrod seal iis to open up the hole in the retainer plate for the seal to fit thru. I used a die grinder and opened 'er up! The seals pushed in by finger very easily. I used some new hardware to install the plate. The old bolts are 10mm head and the top front bolt is a huge pain to get to. It can be removed without taking off the side cover. It just takes a very shallow 10mm. I hate hard-to-get-to bolt so I bought a 3-pack of 6mm x12mm(long) allen head bolts. Much easily! And then on to the shift lever. I havent had much time to mess with it so here is the quick fix for now until I can find a broken or bent folding aluminum lever. I have an evil plan I 5/16" stainless bolt, a few nuts, the grinder and a drill......ends with this. Ugly and yes the rubber is backwards but the tip of the shifter gets hung up in one of the grooves in the toe of my Crossfires....fixed it! One of the things I HATE about the DL is the exhaust and then the SW-Motech skid is not my idea of.....well, a good peice of hardware. It is fine for the highway and little offroad. As we have seen, it will not hold up to anything even remotely "hardcore" The "TO DO LIST" Relocate oil cooler since it is in the way of the new skidplate/tool box Build skid/tool box Build new exhaust that does not weight 50 LBS, looks better and fits were I want it Fabricate new shift lever with a folding tip(I hate buying parts that are not that hard to build) Fab a new air filter since a stock replacement is WAY too expensive!!!!!! I will not be using the "Silicone a car filterthe the plate" Idea but close, just more refined I am sure there is more but it is late and my brain is done!