Possible new rider
You know how opinions are... everybody's got one.
Here's mine: The KLR is a great bike, and SUV's are nice, too. How many
people use SUV capabilities? It's very possible, though, that you will end
up doing a certain type of riding just because you can. And that's where the fun begins. For me, it's old man style dirt bike riding.
The KLR 650 is indeed tall and hard to get used too. If I've got it leaning
while the sidestand is sunk into the muck, it's all I can do to get on and get it upright. I'm 5'9" and my toes just touch the ground on it.
The dual-purpose part is a big plus, but don't mistake it for a road bike. I love that I can jump onto the highway, but I hate it after any lenght of time, especially compared to a bike built for the highway.
I also discourage anyone from getting a bike for the gas mileage and maybe the concept of it being grand. Make sure your heart is into it or
the other motorists will quickly become a discouraging factor.