Just caught up on this ride report. Been reading off and on for like 2 months. Sorry to hear you lost a good buddy.
If and when you get to LA and decide you may want to switch to a dr650, hit me up. I may be selling my 2009. Suspension done up, big tank, but motor all stock. Doesn't burn a drop of oil.
We are not Assholes, we just see things the way they are! Selfish people live longer.