The roadside is one of the safest places to take pictures of bears. They hear you coming from a long ways, so if they don't run off, it's usually because they are used to vehicles and more concerned about eating grass.
This was late October and he was totally occupied with eating grass, packing on the calories for Winter, but this was still a little close for comfort in retrospect. They are beautiful creatures and very fast, no way I would have been able to react if he'd taken the notion to come after me from ten feet away.
Thanks for the feedback on the WR250, it looks like a fabulous bike! I really like your map case "fairing". That was a hell of a trip, man...