I have taken some time to cool down - I was pretty pissed. Took delivery of my long anticipated (which is anothe issue - why does KTM flood dealers with bikes like 2 strokes that aren't wanted, yet 640's & 950's are tough to get???) '05 640 just a couple days before I left for a trip into the back country in NE Montana (pics to come - had a GREAT time!!). We trailered out with 6 bikes between four guys, another guy was going to fly out and join up with us. I coveted a 640 ever since I rode my friends in Mexico and in Montana the previous year. Now I love my 950, and wouldn't get rid of it, but the 640 is SO much more "off road freindly". Any way, I also took a recent aquisition KLR250 with MT21's and a reduced countershaft sprocket as a back up in case of any mechanical problems or mishaps for anyone. Well my 640 was the one! The first day of hard rain wasn't going to stop us. The gumbo mud in some areas of the mountain roads was never really a problem in the past - 'till it met up with my low fender dual front disk 640!!! My Ducati 998S has about as much tire clearance as the 640!! That mud locked the wheel uo solid and twisted the front fender forward, threatening to rip off the brake balance tube. That would have seriously ruined the day. As it was, we had to remove the front fender, and remove the brake fluid balance tube from the right caliper held up with a zip tie, JUST so I could ride it back to camp and pick up the KLR250 - which ran beautifully the entire week as I thrashed it about. I know, I know, I should have ordered a high fender kit, which I did as soon as I saw the new bike come in - but they are "back ordered". https://davewright.smugmug.com/gallery/592842/1/24902755 https://davewright.smugmug.com/gallery/592842/1/24902753 My real question is to KTM - what sort of demographics do they think WANT this bike, and want it with a low "street" fender?? Totally stupid in my opinion, and really downright dangerous.