This story really starts at the end of Butt Lite 8 in Denver. At the Finisher's Banquet, I began talking to several FJR owners about the things that I didn't like about my R1200GS. Namely, the lack of cruise control and the difficulty I was having finding a good solution for adding more fuel.
Long story short, I ended up buying a 2015 FJR in August 2016. This timing was less than ideal, as I would be using a motorcycle that was largely untested (for me at least) for the most difficult motorcycling challenges in the world.
Throughout the remainder of 2016 and the first half of 2017