I am in need of some friendly advice. I plan to ride the Trans American trail with my brother probably in 2-3 years if we can get everything set up. We are planning to buy bikes and learn every nut and bolt on the bike so we are familiar in case of any breakdowns. We also want to know the weak points and where we should make modifications. But first we have to pick out a bike. While there are some dream bikes (read: too expensive for our budget) we have narrowed the choices down to around 3-4 bikes.
I have always thought the KLR was a heavy, akward to ride bike, however that is just my first impression from the size of it, I have never ridden one or known anyone who owned one. (We plan to test ride 1 of each of our possible bikes) The 4 bikes we have narrowed to are:
Honda XR 650R (make it legal) or XR 650L
Suzuki DRZ 400 or Kawasaki version
Kawasaki KLR 650, probably pre re-design
Would you recommend the KLR for the trail over the other bikes for any specific reason?
We are leaning towards the Honda for reliability and because we have owned previous hondas, never a Kawasaki. But I have read some on the internet, this forum mostly, and some youtube videos and can see the potential in the KLR over some of the other choices.
For any references
I am 5 foot 10, 180 lbs, my brother is the same height but only 140 lbs.
For more info on the Trans American Trail: http://www.transamtrail.com/
Also if you have suggestions on how to make it more bullet proof or good site links for upgrades feel free to post. Also if you want to show off something on your bike, I love to see pictures.