Originally Posted by jackpiner57
It was great to get out and ride with you Tim! Yeah the DRZ is way easier to ride in the more rugged terrain, but I'm thinking you'd be better off on the KLR because there is probably very little if anything that it wouldn't handle on this trip. Isn't it mostly gravel roads?
Haven't you heard of the Newfie Flesh-Eater Route, Tom? I'm pretty sure that I could ride the KLR over most of the island. However, being on the DRZ was a heck of a lot of fun today. I do like that bike. It's not exactly a KDX, but it works pretty well, and feels light in comparison to the Kaw. I like the fact that I can ride a good ten miles per hour faster on the DRZ in the rough stuff, and in places I'd have to slow way down and pick through on the KLR, I can shoot through on the DRZ.
Besides, as Anton said, there are some very big advantages to running on the same basic bike as far as weight savings, tools and spares needed.