Every day I comb through the listings on Craigs List. If I’m going to get serious about riding around the world I should probably get a motorcycle I can do it on right? I came across a 2001 KLR650 with 13,000 miles, luggage and tons of accessories going for $3,000, which is an awesome price! After I saw it my heart began pounding! Setting my eyes on a bike that was attainable and could take me around the world just made a huge impression on me. It was making it a reality. I went down the list of mods like a kid skipping down the aisle of a toy store.
It has engine guards! Oooo a taller windscreen! Even includes the service manual! OMG it has a heavy duty skid plate too!!!
But unfortunately after contacting the seller I found out that it was already sold
I really did have my heart set on a BMW anyways, so perhaps this is for the better. I went to the BMW shop in Scottsdale, AZ to pickup some accessories for my new Gerbing heated jacket liner. Of course I couldn’t help but check out the new F800GS. That sucker is tall!
As I drooled over the bike a salesman approached and started chatting me up. I’m always amused by motorcycle salesman now a days. I know they peg me for a young thrill seeking speed demon and I always throw them for a loop. One salesman even gave me the line, “Are you ready to put some speed into your life?” The BMW guy wasn’t nearly as bad but he says, “So you looking for something to ride around town?” to which i smirked and replied, “Actually I need something to ride around the world.” I discussed the desire for something light and nimble and he tried convincing me that the extra power could really come in handy. I’m sure the extra commission from upselling me from a 650 to an 800 comes in handy too!
I’m pretty sure I’m not going to buy new, but it’s fun to look. There are plenty of people out there with an old unused 650GS sitting in their garage collecting dust, so I’m just going to wait it out. I’m in no rush right now.