Originally Posted by nukemm
1) I've ridden a DR650 on and off road, and while it is better than the KLR on the trails 2) it is no better than the DRZ400S on the highway, and 3) the DRZ will easily outperform either the DR or the KLR when the pavement runs out.
I think 98% of riders would agree with your first assertion, very
few with your 2nd, and everyone would agree with the 3rd.
I bet you are in the very small minority who thinks the DR-Z400 is as highway capable as the DR650.
That said, it is a nuanced distinction. Leaning a little more dirt, def. prefer the DR-Z, a little more street, the DR. Both are cheap, reliable, and good tools for their niche.
I think the DR650 is one of the best, all-rounders out there; if I could have only 1, it would make the short list along with the KTM690R. Fortunately, I have a street bike, so I downsized the DR650 to a WR250R.
I wonder if the OP should consider the WRR too. Smaller than the others being discussed, but surprising, for 250cc