Originally Posted by ddavidv
OTOH...if most of your riding will be on the freeway, the KLR probably isn't for you. It's happy at 60-70 mph but above that it's a vibrating, oil consuming unhappy camper. "Smooth" is not a term that will ever describe a KLR. As my riding took me further from home and required more slab to get to cool stuff, I realized I needed something different. Hence, the Wee Strom now in my garage.
Everything is relative. Coming from dirtbikes and riding only thumpers on the street. I felt my brothers KLR650 was pretty nice on the highway, (same thing w/ my buddies KLR I rode a few times.) Smooth with decent wind protection. Yes, its not a powerhouse on the open road. Especially compared to more powerful street bikes. Where I thought it was fine. My brother hated it and eventually sold it. His bike before it was a Suzuki Bandit 1200 and he just couldn't get used to the 35 horsepower thumper. He said it was okay on a dirt road, but hated it while riding to said dirtroad.
I prefer thumpers, but have fun either way.