We are all riding KLR 650’s, John’s being a green 2008 model, Mal’s a 2007 is gray like his hair with some yellow racing stripes, unlike his hair! Jules and Shan are riding red 2005 and 2004 respectively. We chose these bikes for their simplicity, reputation of reliability, and cost effectiveness. We continue to hear of riders who rate them highly. Time will tell. Everyone gets to love their own bike, and defend it to death!!