I recently decided that it was a good idea to get rid of my car and get a motorcycle. Less gas more eco-friendly, and great in a zombie apocalypses. Win win right? I spent 3 years of my life in Hawaii with only a bike, and it was fantastic. Now even in the urban center I am stuck in, I decided I missed the 60 miles per gallon and the fun of riding a bike. I decided on a KLR650 (2007 with 1500 miles) because I had ridden a smaller bike in Borneo last year and put 2000 miles on it in about 7 days. The KLR is a BIG bike, and you pretty much have to be over 6 feet tall to comfortably ride one. I found one for a very low price of $3000 from a guy in the midst of a messy divorce, He needed rent money I wanted a bike. Win win right? I saw his very attractive soon-to-be ex-wife, and by the scathing look she gave her husband she appeared to be the women who had been cheated on. The bike was worth about a thousand more than the offering price of 3k, but after seeing his wife I haggled like a rug salesmen. Now I have had the bike for about a month and put roughly 500 miles on it. I spent a couple hundred into tuning it up with extras. I put some tusk handle bar guards on it for $50 so i dont break off the clutch when I dump it over, and put a fresh pair of Shinko brand tires. It now runs like a dream.
I had looked online at many different options of luggage or a top-box to put stuff in but they all seemed so expensive. The KLR has a build in rack on the back and I figured I could just mount a 20 dollar toolbox from Home-depot instead of shelling out 100-300 for real bike luggage. The box is a great size, lockable, waterproof and wont rust. I love it.
The trunk was very easy to install for 26 dollars after buying the large washers to hold it to the back rack.
For the record, the sticker says Aloha Aina Malama Pono, which is Hawaiian for Love the land, care for it righteously.