My dream bike is the one I built in the winter of 1990 and I still have. “Adventure Touring” hadn’t been coined yet so I called it my “Combat Tourer”. I wanted a bike with enough power for the highway but light enough for off road situations. I also wanted an extended range in case I got lost. My solution was to merry a Kawasaki KX125 frame with a Kawasaki 500 Ninja engine. I added an Acerbis Yamaha XT600 fuel tank as well as a pair of KTM saddle tanks giving me a total of 33L which was good for over 600 km. A Katana 1100 instrument cluster, Honda fenders, dual carbon fiber mufflers, a homemade cushy seat, and 2 Bates headlights ( I must have been channeling my future Speed Triple ). The end result was 302 pounds wet and with a pair of soft saddle bags and a tank bag, I made it to Alaska as well as, as far north as the roads go in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia. I parked it after 9 years and over 30,000 km of mostly back roads. My winter project is to restore and upgrade the bike and see if it lives up to my 20 year old memories.