My previous bike was a 1983 XL600R. I loved the bike, but it damm near broke my leg while trying to start it a few years ago. That's when I started looking for something different and settled on the KLR. It's simple, the KLR is more road worthy than the XL and the XL is/was better in the dirt than the KLR. I haven't taken my KLR on any long distance adventure trips, but a do use it for a short commute and cruising forest roads. Great bike for what I use it for. For you comparison, I'm 50 years, 6' 2", 235lb.