As of the end of September 2019 I will begin my 9 month ride from Saskatchewan, Canada to Ushuaia, Argentina on my 2005 Kawasaki KLR 650. This trip has been on my bucket list since my older brother, Mark had done this ride in 2016. His thread is know as “Prairies to Patagonia” if any of you followed that along. I actually ended up flying to Peru and renting a Honda Tornado 250 for three weeks and put well over 2,000km on it with Mark while he was down there. Anyways, I will create a thread for my bike progress, ride plans and a ride report. I picked up a second hand KLR in the spring of 2018. The bike was basically new with only 5,000km on it. Since then I put about 4,000km on this past summer. The previous owner had already done the famous "doohickey" every KLR owner should be aware of. The previous owner had also put in a Dynojet Stage 1 kit in that came with the Stage 2 kit as well, that I still have yet to do. The bike also had brand new front and back Kenda K761's that I really don't mind and have been holding up really well but I will be looking for a new set of knobbies before I leave in the fall. Any suggestions? Previous owner also added a K&N air filter that has just been cleaned and oiled for the upcoming spring and a Supertrapp IDS2 slip on exhaust that I just repacked. Since then, I have added a few must haves but still have a few things the KLR needs before I take off on my trip. This past winter I ordered a new AGV AX-8 DS EVO Wild Frontier helmet to upgrade from my Icon Alliance helmet. As well, I transferred my Sena20s EVO to my new AGV helmet. While I ordered the new helmet I also ordered a new Klim Apex jacket and Oxford Heaterz Premium Adventure grips that I already installed this winter. To keep busy during the winter months going to school and not being able to ride, I also installed a Givi top case that Mark had passed down to me. Since I mounted this on the rear rack, I had to relocate the stock tool kit that comes with the KLRs. Mark gave me a really good idea to mount a "welding rod case" in front of the skid plate. So I went down to my local Princess Auto and picked up a "welding wire spool case". It is water proof, made of some sort of durable rubber plastic material, and it mounted very easily. In here, I now have the stock tool kit (that will have to be replaced with better quality tools before I leave), a spare spark plug and 30ft of 5050 paracord. I also did the Eagle Mike drill-through subframe kit which replaced the upper and lower subframe bolts (also another replacement kit that every KLR owner should be aware of) and last but not least some cheap knock off "CNC foot pegs" and although they were cheap I think they will be a big upgrade from the stock rubber foot pegs. Have a Joe Rocket tank bag and a Garmin GPS on the KLR as well. Some things I still need, but am open to suggestions are: - Crash bars (Dirtracks full body engine crash bars, just ordered) - Rear panniers (Dirtracks heavy duty rear panniers, just ordered) - New seat (Seat Concepts "Comfort" kit) - Skid plate (Aluminum to replace the stock plastic one if necessary?) - Center stand (Don't have one, is it necessary?) - Side bags (Hard or soft bags, brands?) Edit: I just ordered a set of Giant Loop Mototrekk soft panniers. - RAM phone mount I'm sure I am missing more but that's all that comes to mind right now. I will attach a few photos of the KLR from last fall before I parked it, and a current photo waiting for everything to be reassembled for spring! As of right now the plan is to meet Mark (He lives in the Vancouver, B.C area) on September 16th, 2019. From there, Mark will be joining me for roughly a month to ride the Continental Divide Trail all the way from southern Canada to Baja, Mexico. The rest of the trip as of right now is just a rough outline.