The switch? Well, that was really only because the DR was getting some age on her (95 model) and I just happened across a KLR (09' with 1,234 miles) for $4,200 and I couldn't pass it up. Plus the bike came with 4 helmets a GIVI Monokey Top Box, a cover and a KLR softbag.
I was very happy with the DR and would certainly buy another without hesitation, but I must say that I love the styling on the KLR and it feels to be a lighter, smoother runnning bike than ye old DR? That may be comparing apples to oranges considering the age differences though?
Suzuki makes a fine bike as I'm certain that Kawi does too. PS. The Zuki seems to have a more powerful engine, but that may be because the KLR isn't really broken in yet with only 1,200 miles. Thanks for asking. N8