If anyone bought a KLR thinking it's the latest and greatest flier then they didn't do any research at all.
I bought mine as a gravel-road bike although it's done some 1,000-mile days and I dropped it yesterday on some single-track that I'm sure other bikes would have cleared.
If I wanted to replace it with something that has better power-to-weight ratio, I'd still probably go Japanese. I'm not going 3-hours each way to Norway for KTM parts or even farther for the other European brands. I can get parts for any Japanese bike fairly close to home and in many rural areas.
I don't see anyone saying the KLR is the latest and greatest. I don't need the latest or greatest and many others don't either.
I have a visitor, I'm bailing out now.
EDIT: Back from having a visitor. There will always be a latest, greatest, fastest, and lightest. Get one and there will be different latest greatest. Declining to pursue that does not make anyone a "Unabomber-esque recluse"
Motorcycles are magical.
Grinnin screwed with this post 12-06-2012 at 09:17 AM