Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Evansville, Indiana
The KLR is fine for quite a few trail tasks. It can handle lots of rough terrain without much problem. It's not a mud machine with dualsport tires. Most two wheelers aren't very trailworthy when it gets slime time, even with the best of knobbies. It doesn't really like rough singletrack though, but I suspect you aren't talking about trails meant for real dirt bikes here. It will go just about anywhere you are willing to take it though, just a matter how much abuse you are willing to take physically. It's 400lbs when full of gas, add some luggage and gear and it adds up quick. It's not anything close to being as stable as a 4 wheeler. If you stay within speeds appropriate to your offroad abilities, then you should be fine. It's mostly a matter of keeping in mind that it's not something you can flick around like a nimble little dirt bike or just let your mind wonder a bit like a 4 wheeler. You also can't just hop off like a 4 wheeler, you have to lean it on a tree or find a stable kickstand base, or carry a base plate with you.
Personally, I can ride reasonably smooth ATV trails all day long, but when they get extremely rutted and hilly then I wear down fast and don't like it much. A few times, while out on my own, I met my limits on the KLR and got myself into a pickle. Carry long tow straps with you. You can use them for getting leverage to upright the KLR in goofy positions or yank it out of mudholes.