Thats good to hear guys thanks for the info! I'm certain I can easily adapt to this new tall style of riding. I would like to be able to see over cars, instead of trying to literally look under them, with the cruiser. Also, being able to abandon asphalt and take to the open country is making me happy just thinking about it........
I know most of you fellows have the pre-08 models, but how does this bike handle the highway speeds 65-75? I first learned to ride on a 650 suzuki savage before I graduated to a larger 1400 v-twin cruiser. That old savage is a very similar in engine designed to the KLR 650. The savage was a big 650 thumping single piston just like this KLR is. That big vertical engine would really start to vibrate and make my hands and ass numb at highway speed.
How does the KLR engine handle higher RPM's and speeds on the interstate 65-75mph? I saw that this KLR had a tach that didn't red line until 8K! I assume it has a smooth power-band with good high and low end torque?
I know that vibration is tolerable to some degree, but how do you guys feel after full tank drive on the highway at 65-75mph? I know all bikes will make you ass hurt on a long trip but, is the engine going to buzz the crap out my ass?