At this point you need to get out and ride both of these bikes. For your use (80% road use) the KLR would be a fine choice. My KLR nut buddy let me ride his '09 ... I liked it. So much better than the original KLR. Yet even those old Chestnuts can be good. I rode with the site owner of that KLR.net forum. We swapped bikes. His older KLR was set up really well. We did the Colorado passes. A lot of KLR guys think the DR650 is not smooth on the highway. This is really not true. Actually, the DR650 is smoother than the KLR at 75 or 80 mph. Yep, surprised me too! Like I say, ride them both and realize BOTH have a TON of potential. Think of them as "blank canvas" kind of thing. So much you can do to make them better. I could easily get on a KLR and ride it to Tierra del Fuego. But I know the DR650 better, its easier to work on and maintain and a bit simpler than the KLR. But that's just me.