Excellent, thanks for the tips. I have in-laws up near Concrete on the Concrete Sauk Valley road. I was planning on taking the Versys up there via some blue highways to the Mountain Loop Highway into Darrington. There are tons of little roads up there to explore, I just don't want to get in over my head. At least not yet!
I'm already thinking about the next bike, something more dual-sport oriented. All pipe dreams at the moment but the KLX is in the running as is the KLR. I would like to get something for the WaBDR. I just can't decide if I want something for long distance or something light and easier to ride.