Well I Just started riding in July of this year, something I wanted to do since I was medically separated from the Marine corp. I was looking around for a good starter bike at first I was looking at some klr650s but they were all out of my budget of 3000, then I stumbled across my DRZ. When I first bought the bike it had 8995 miles on it now 11600 roughly. I love riding this bike, and take it wherever I can. Bought a motorcycle carrier for my Tahoe and took my bike to my parent s house in Washington also to Escondido Ca to visit some old friends. In September I took part in the Fugawe dual sport ride, a 150 mile through the mountains of Southern Oregon. A fun event put on by M.R.A, also were I had my first two spills on my bike and bruised ribs from the second spill at two hours into the event and road 5 more hours to finish the ride. Since then I put on a new chain, sprockets ( went up to 47 on the back), rear chain guide, outshaft seal kit, new kenda trackmaster 2 tires, drz tail light and bracket, 1 1/8 fly racing handle bars, and removed the side bag racks.