KLR vs EURO
I have been a proud and very satisfied owner of an 09klr since it was purchased new that year. And now am a 'new to me' owner of an 05 BMW F650GS, purchased for my wife because of the ultra low seat hight, not because I just had to have a beemer.
And now we have noticed an interesting phenomenon when both bikes are parked side by side. Strangers, typically other bike owners, will come up to us and once pleasantries are exchanged and the conversation turns towards the bikes, will be more drawn and interested in the KLR then they are the more modern 650GS.
I'll start by telling them about the ability to turn OFF the ABS on the BMW for the dirt roads and they politely interrupt me to point at the Kawi and ask what the two wooden dowels wrapped in grip tape and bolted to the engine guards are for. I explain that those dowels are my 'highway pegs'.
Then I try and explain that the wifes bike is fuel injected and you don't have to worry about jetting because..., "and so what is that little toggle switch that is mounted near the instrument cluster" they ask, as they stare at the KLR. I tell them it is my manual thermostat bypass inorder to have control of the radiator fan for when the trail gets slow and gnarly or I'm stuck at a traffic light for extended periods in 95f heat and I just want to turn the fan on.
Point of this is that in a side-by-side comparison, people still seem to be intrigued and drawn to the outdated Japanese 80's KLR and the owners ability to field customize things to their liking. Raise your beers high my friends.
Oh, and did I tell you about the 'on the fly' pre-load adjustment...