Long ass story...short
Truck broke down morning before departure...
Head home, retrieve truck with friend, pack up for trip, head out on the cycle for one last check ride, outrunning this gnarly storm 24 hours before I plan to leave.
Oil plug gives out somewhere along the line ... how the oil slick on the rear tire didn't result in a 80mph skid is beyond me, my father came with a trailer a couple hours away and helped me out. I still have no vehicle so I find out the electrical issue and fix the truck. Now it's hauling time to a buddy's to tear apart and reassess my future. All this while negotiating with the boss man about delayed vacation trip start.
Tear into the bike a bit, but I am no mechanic so with the help of many here I check things out
At this point I get a notification that craigslist has a klr 45 miles away, same year as my current one. To salvage my well placed vacation time and trip I strongly consider the option of buying a "new" bike... and here it is from fellow inmate scrappydoo!
Spend the next 5 hours transferring wheels, brakes, chain, sprockets, tank bag, windscreen, seat, pelican case, cup holder, etc etc..
One last ride to make sure everything is setup correctly... 200 miles between the lakes of Eastern Wisconsin with a pair of KLR's my brother and friend own.
Load it up on the trailer, 30 miles in the brake caliper locks up on the truck on the way home Sunday night and smokes like crazy. Magically the WD40 I sprayed on the hot rotor didn't ignite and freed the rotor. I drove 90 miles without touching the brakes all the way home. The trailer lights also went out and the cops never bothered me luckily.
I've had more headaches I care to have at one time. I negotiated a Tuesday launch with work. Can't wait to get out, they hope I come back! Tonight is load up time! Oooooffffteee what a couple days!