I nearly flew to Idaho today

Late last night my Dad sent me a link of a KLR in Idaho that has low KM’s, all the mods I want done, and is only 4500$. Check it out here:


I almost flew to you, I would have treated you right too…


But it’s in Idaho. I looked at flights and importation requirements and documents all night, pending an impulsive flight this morning since I have a couple days off that I could put to use. In the end, after a lot of consideration: My time is worth more than money.

The email I wrote to my dad, more to get my thought’s out and clear on paper than anything:

“I have heartily considered this tonight, and have decided that my time is worth more than the cost savings of this bike.

and I’m not convinced there is that much savings all things considered.
I looked through all my maintenance records last night that came with my bike, and the engine was rebuilt and re-bored at 40000 km. About 10 000 km ago. Now the lower end has been rebuilt/replaced.
I already have several of the required mods:
front and rear suspension,
air filter
jet kit
bark busters (hand guards) (coming)
grip heaters (coming)
panier rack
panier boxes (albeit those are much nicer than mine)
So What am I getting?
-crash bars
-skid plate
other protection
-windshield upgrade
-fender stabilizer
-a newer bike with less stress applied on it
Cost of those needed items from happy trails: 645$ + shipping/duty
Cost of items (or equivalent) from A vicious cycle: 862$ + shipping
That difference, I have decided, is not worth my time, energy or effort. The importing process, while well defined, takes more than just the 3 days. It can take over a week once the bike is back into Canada before final approval is done, and I just don’t have the spare time. I’d rather hang out with my friends in the time I have left and prepare for the trip in other ways.”
Time is worth far more than money.

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