Originally Posted by tHEtREV
So I find it hard to swallow that a Suzuki could even be close to a Kawasaki in performance or reliability.
We're talking about KLRs and DRs here, let's pretend that word doesn't exist
On road: the DL650 (that's the V-Strom) has a 6 speed, FI V-twin that puts out around 60 or 70 hp, compared to the 5 speed KLR around 35-40 hp. Both of them have reputations of lasting 50,000-100,000 miles, though one of them needs to be rewired and have a doohickey replaced.
Off road: KLR650, 430lbs, 8.5" ground clearance. DR650, 366lbs, 10" ground clearance.
KLR is better on road than a V-Strom, and better off road than a DR? That's crazy talk.