Originally Posted by HBL
I am looking to replace the KLR next season, and the S10 is at the top of the wish list. The one nagging question/concern I have is if I will be able to pick it up if (when) I drop it while riding solo. I can manage the KLR and it is known to be top heavy. I have also read that the S10 carry’s its weight lower, so would that help to offset some of the extra 150 lbs.?
Virtually any bike can be picked up with with the right techniques, but I don't think there is any doubt the S10 will be considerably more difficult to right than a KLR. If you're near your physical limits with the KLR, you may be over the limit with the S10. And I'm not a big believer that the S10 has any significant low-CG advantage over other comparable bikes - it's a tall DOHC parallel-twin with a high-mounted radiator and battery.
If you feel you need to address this concern, my suggestion is that you look at the 650-800cc adventure twins.... Wee, F800GS, Versys, etc. Or the small Tiger. Or, if your off-road needs are modest, even the CB500X which is about the same weight as your KLR, but is a lot nicer bike for highway cruising.