I did the sportbike thing for about ten years. I went from a CBR600 F3 to a Triumph Daytona 955i and spent quite a few days at the local racetrack (PIR).
For whatever reasons the need for all that speed has gone and I am much happier with the challenge of multi-surface motorcycling.
I chose a DR650 and have not looked back (I still have the Triumph but it hasn’t been out for over a year). I ride with a friend who has a KLR650 and while the DR is more agile, rider skill can make up for alot.
Performance wise it probably depends on where you live, here in Oregon even on the Interstate speeds seldom exceed 70mph so keeping up and passing are not issues.
I don’t think I would ever go back to purely a street bike at this point the dualsport is just too much fun.
Good luck and enjoy whichever way you decide.
speedmaster screwed with this post 01-09-2011 at 08:55 PM