I had the KLR first and looked for a second "road" bike. I wanted faster, more power, and yet didn't want to duplicate any of the KLR features. I ended up with a V-MAX. It's fast off the line without being a crotch rocket and I don't feel like I'm humping the tank when I ride. Plus it is big and heavy so it isn't buffeted around on the freeways or by the wind nearly as much as the KLR. I would still like a V-Strom just for the size but want to try riding one before I make the plunge.