Loki wrote:TJ, how comfortable is the KLR650 on long road trips?
Very, very, very UNcomfortable.
For long road trips you want something that:
- is heavy with a long wheelbase.
- has wind protection.
- has big pistons with flywheel effect.
The KLR has a short wheelbase. Great for squirreling around trees. Exhausting when trying to maintaining a straight line for hours.
Seven hours of wind buffeting your helmet and being peppered by road debris from passing cars is painful. Wind protection adds safety and endurance.
Buzzy small-piston engines like thumpers and inline fours are taxing when trying to maintain a constant speed for hours. Constant throttle attention is required when grinds on you mentally. Big twins like BMW's alleviate this.
Long trips on KLRs are best avoided if possible. I've done them because I was poor, had no other transport, and need to be somewhere. I don't recommend it.