I’ve owned 2 KLRs and now the Himalayan. The Himalayan is easier to handle than the KLR. It is lighter than both the Gen 2 and Gen 3, about the same weight as the Gen 1, but the center of Gravity on the bike is lower, and it is significantly easier to handle and to keep from falling over than the KLR. It isn’t as fast as the KLR (that’s something I never thought I’d say) but it is just fine for state highways and back roads. It tractors through things very much like the KLR, but it feels more stable - I attribute that to the weight being lower. Even with an empty tank the KLR is just a top heavy old school thumper. I really like both bikes - I guess I’m just a thumper guy (and I’ve owned a lot of bikes, but I always end up back on a thumper), but this one is definitely easier to handle.