For me, the choice of the KLR seemed right at the time. I had high hopes of long distance travel, as well as off road performance. The KLR 2008+ is a remarkably well balanced bike, and it performs amazingly off road. So I have no complaints for what it is.
Sadly everytime I try to go for a long ride (more than about four hours one way) my wife insists that I take our jeep and put the bike on the trailer, or toss it up in the back of the truck and go that way. (this could be because I have tried numerous trips in mid winter, and we lived in Utah, and now Idaho.)
My wife has also decided she really enjoys riding with me, so, the KLR will go up for sale soon, and we plan to pick up a goldwing for the two of us, and a more dirt oriented bike with a higher frame, and lighter bike overall for me. Ah such is life. I can still adventure on a goldwing right? I do not have to go hang out with all of the seventy year olds do I? I am too young for that!
Seriously though, I love the KLR, it is a great bike. And not to turn this ride report into a debate, but I have noticed a conspicuous lack of KLR's in the "ADV bike comparison" videos available online.
I plan to keep the KLR for about a year before I sell it. It is a great bike after all! OH and I DO recommend a skid plate for whatever bike you pick up! Mine has so many massive gouges and scratches under it now that I took it to Moab a few times, and I am not afraid to ride it on the good trails!
Five Miles of Hell anyone? :)
(nah, not really)
"Do you know what a soldier is...? He's the chap who makes it possible for civilized folk to despise war."