wow, great adventure jeff!
for the record:
i just bought "the orange girlfriend" a couple weeks ago from jeff in SF.
how often do you get a photo documented history of the bike you want?
i just got back in june(010) from a two year version of the same trip (on a 99 r1100gs) that ended in the ocean off the coast from the darien.
myself and two other bikers (on klr650's) were switching cargo boats (in about 10-15mtrs of water) when the panga flipped with all three bikes.
we retrieved the bikes, got them into colombia and revived the klr's after a few weeks. i couldnt afford to keep up with the $bmw$ after drowning in the sea, so i returned to the USA to save up for "la Naranjada".
i should mention that the time i spent with my GS was priceless; bmw makes a superior machine for long distance adventures. some of the best money ive ever spent!
i look forward to connecting with my new(used) BST!