Hi All, Has been awhile since I've post here, sorry 'bout that....anyway... On Saturday I bought a new Kawasaki KLR650. I was really after something different to everything else I've had over the years. I have been a bit bored with bikes to date and after doing some club racing, was finding it hard to feel I could have fun on the road legally on a sports bike. So I decided to look for something different to sports bikes and I found dual sports bikes were very interesting. Looking at a dealer I saw the KLR650, what seemed a bargin at just $7800 on road, with 12 months Swan insurance. Lets put that in perspective, that's like just buying a bunch of extra's on a BMW GS1200, without the GS. Ok, it's not quite a week down, but here are my thoughts, is this bike too cheap to be any good? Answer so far no, it's a bloody bargin. The KLR seems to be just a old school bike with a new look. Everything on it is basic, but works. Ok it's not a speed machine, but that's going to be easier to keep my licence. Also a 22L tank, how cool is that and about 5L per 100k's, that must be over 400k's per tank!!! Sure it's a LAMS restricted version here in Australia, but that's simple to fix, a $59 carbie float from spares shop and swap the part over (If you're handy with the tools, or an hour labor at a bike shop. Can't wait to see what the difference is, if it revs better beyond 4500 it'll be tops. On the road, it feels well made, holds the road very well and the short stint I did on a crap dirt road was a great bit of fun standing up. I want to do more off road now! Looking on the Net there is heaps of mods for these bikes and the Yanks loves these. I can't believe how much after market stuff you can get, Bags, hard luggage, pipes, fork valves, electrical gizmo's, crashbars,,,, I'm gonna have heaps of fun here. Long and the short of it, this bike I think is a simple back to basics type deal that makes you feel happy on multiple levels; The wallet, The adventure of something different and The Joy of riding something so simple. Colour picture of course, cheers RN.