It's been a long time since I wrote up one of these. Might be a long time before I write up another one! Let's start with why a G650X? I've been a longtime adventurer - running on KTM LC4 machines since 1996. My first LC4 was a 620 RXC, then a pile of 640 Adventures, and my last was a '99 LC4. I ran 'em for ten years, and finally pulled the plug after some crocodile tears. Time to move on. I built up an XR650R in 2006, and that bike has been excellent, albeit a bit more offroad/desert focused than my LC4s were. Somewhere in there, I had an F650 Dakar, and although I loved the motor, I really didn't care for the bike much. It had feeble suspension offroad, and weighed a ton. I put some miles on it, and sold it. I had my eye on a Husky TE610, but I wanted to do something a little different. I really like the TE610, but it would take quite a bit of work to get it where I want it. So I procrastinated. The X-Challenge didn't really catch on here in North America, and I wondered how many are really here. Then a brandy new G650X came along, and I got it for about a grand less than I could have gotten an injected TE610. That's a grand I can use to modify the bike. And a week later, it was in my garage. Testing it out on the banks of the Tennessee River last winter... I hadn't put 30 miles on the bike before an opportunity to ride in central Mexico came along, and as luck would have it, I got a loaner G650X to ride! I was going to learn the pros and cons of the bike out in some of the most fantastic riding I've ever done!