About to pop my cherry
yup- I'm 34, and have almost bought a bike 3 times in the last 12 years or so. My friend is on his 4th bike- now a suzuki DRZ-400, (his first dual sport) and told me I should get something I can ride in the PA mountains with him.
Think I'm about to plunge into the KLR. I've looked at it on and off for over a year now. I really like the GS better, but can't find a decent used one for the price of the KLR, and honestly, Id rather have a bigger one for touring a bit, and learn on a KLR first. The BMW dealer keeps trying to get me to get a xcountry 650, but I can't stomach the little gas tank, and of course the extra 2500$.
I went to a kaw dealer near DC yesterday, and sat on the versys for the first time. I liked it- talked to a guy there, and he basically said- just buy the KLR and be done with it. Its a better bike, cheaper, and you can do anything with it. he looks around the room at all the guys looking at sport bikes and says "all these guys will keep trading in their bikes for something else, and you still be riding your KLR, happily having fun.
I think I agree.