just returned from alaska trip with riding buddy mark. both mounted on klr's-a 08 and a 09. basically stock bikes mounted with metzler tourances tires. total distance traveled just over 10 big ones in 19 days. my bike carried 290 lbs and mark was just over 310 lbs. averaged 52 mpg with a 16 tooth countersprocket running 4000 rpms most of the time giving us right at 60 mph. camped every nite, made possible with ultralite cot and a good sleeping bag, northface and big agnes. we aren't kids 55 and 65 years old. saw every type of road and trail-hot, cold, wind and rain. even up to the end of the trail at mccarthy fully loaded. bikes ran flawlessly, did 3 oil changes on road, between two used less than 1/2 quart of oil on entire ride. tires were right choice as most of the road was paved or hard gravel and often wet, no flats and they went the entire distance. 16 tooth sprocket gave us around 400 rpms, almost a 6th gear. wore pearl zumi bike shorts along with seat done by greatdaytoride.com and alaska leather sheep skin-all made the ride unbelieveably easy on the back end. wore teknic monsoon jacket, klim freestyle pants, teknic aquaslim gloves, sky walker boots and a arari rx-7 helmet. never had to put on the rain gear once even when it poured. had the new scala blue tooth com that worked for the first 3 days then went south. had done dohincky and frame upgrade and locktighted most but not all the bolts. only issue on either bike was front motor bolt rattled loose on my bike at 2500 miles, patched with lower frame bolt till replacement found in next town. also mark had a fuse blow for some reason that never recurred. adjusted stock chain 2 flats and used wd-40, no real sign of wear. gas can be expensive and bought a can of skoal that ran me 22 dollars in jasper. beer can be a real pain to find and more than one night we went to bed beerless-shocking. one road to take stewart-hyder. meet the lady that runs alaska leather-my kind of woman.