Hey Gas Guy, good to hear to came to your senses and got a KLR....
What part of Michigan you in?
Couple three of us ran up up to Copper Harbor early fall, neat country. I love the Upper Peninsula area.
I bet you know this, but the KLR "goats eye" window actually needs to be totally covered, black or otherwise submerged slighty, and not just at the half-way mark, at least the stock ones.
I have a 2009 with zero issues with oil, none, non-factor. Love my bike, they are so simple to work on.
You can't go by the owner's manual, hell, that says we have six gears too