i didn't read all the other comments so sorry if this is a repeat... it totally depends on your budget. you get what you pay for. if your mechanically inclined then working on the XC will be fine. i've never worked on a KLR but i have worked on several other bikes/brands. its basically all the same idea. my 2c. also look at what you will be doing more of, will it be dirt, highway, mixed, ..... some bikes are better than others in one area. some are a jack of all trades. i will testify that the Tiger XC is a great jack of all trades!