My only advice as someone who has had a couple of KLRs it to not throw money at it. Buy a skid plate and put in some fork springs if you weigh more than 150lbs then ride it. If you start worrying about brakes and rear shocks, exhaust systems, pro tapers etc..buy something else. It will be cheaper in the long run. Great bike but it is what it is. PS - I did throw money at them.