I ran a Xr 650, KLR 650, Dr 650, and now a DRZ 400. Out of all 4 of these bikes, I would pick 1 of them because they are all affordable and long lasting.
XR 650L. I did close to 20 000 kms problem free
KLR 650. I did 16 000 kms problem free
DR 650. I did 12 000 kms problem free
DRZ 400. I did 14 000 kms problem free
I could of racked up many more miles before fixing any of them !!!
The XR650L was a power house with super suspension, with stock gearing I could black dirt cut line at 110-115 mpr
The KLR 650 was lagging in power and softer suspension, but I could hold in there on the same cut line at the 110 mpr.
The DR 650 was just like the Honda power, but the suspension was just a bit softer, and it would only run at 100 mpr.
The DRZ is lees power, but the suspension rocks, so I powerd it up on stage 1, and it runs at the 80-87 mpr.
The best bang for the buck is the DR 650 2012 new at $5600 out the door. Year end models are a good deal.
From Jeathrow Bowdean. PS: Bike is a bike is a bike I guess. In 2 more years, I might do the KTM 690 ???