SteveZee wrote:That's an interesting pail LDP. I was thinking about a KLR650 which is almost the same bike as your's for an adventurer type travel rig. How do like yours in that role?
The DR650 is nice, in that it can do just about a little bit of any type of riding. The compliant suspension, and the seating position are great for longer trips. After riding sport bikes and cruisers, I've found I'd rather ride a dual sport motorcycle with street tires thru the twisties than anything else! I love how it handles. It doesn't have the crazy power that most of today's bikes have, and it shows when it's loaded down with gear, riding uphill into a headwind (i.e. I-80 west thru central PA) The power is more than ample in most situations though, and the low end torque makes it a blast to ride on back roads.
My biggest gripe with the bike is the lack of wind protection. It can get pretty annoying/tiresome to deal with. Cross winds that aren't even perceptible on the 'busa, will be blowing you around on these dual sports. The new body style KLR may be better with the wind, but I can't say for sure. If you don't ride on the interstate much though, I think you'd be happy with this style of bike.