This about sums it up... Yup, I could have had a nice job with that engineering degree from a Big 10 university, but figured flying was better than working any way you looked at it. It's been a strange road with it's fair share of ups and downs. I can't complain. We didn't have motorcycles growing up, yet it's no surprise that I was eventually drawn to them. I had a brief affair with a Honda 500 back in the '80s. Loved it, but I had no idea what I was doing and after a few harrowing experiences we parted ways. Thirty years later, I dipped my toes in the motorcycle waters one again and was instantly hooked. What the hell took me so long? My Kawasaki Vulcan lasted nine months before I realized I wasn't a cruiser kind of guy. I wanted to get out into the mountains, do some camping, traveling, that kind of thing, which opened up the world of ADV. Traded in the Vulcan for a DL650, which was a great bike, but still unsuited for what I wanted to do. The VStrom was just too heavy and road oriented to get me where I wanted to go. Part of that was my lack of off road skills and part was the bike. She'll be sold as soon as I get back to Tucson long enough to put her on the market. Why sell her? Because of this... I found myself sitting in Florida waiting to go overseas on a new contract and figured I'd rather tool around on a motorcycle than the rental car. The local dealer had this leftover 2016 cluttering up the showroom, so we struck a deal. OK, before I go further, I should warn you that this will be a slow developing RR. My job sends me overseas for three months at a time, so I'm not going to be racking up huge mileage for the next year or so. The long term goal is to rebuild the suspension with the full Rally Raid kit and ride the Americas (if not more), but I've got to feed the bank account first. In the meantime, I'll share my thoughts about the bike and bits of kit I'm using, and write up whatever rides I do manage to fit in during my time back in the Motherland. Good to have you along for the ride!