I've owned my KLR since September 2012 - and I can honestly say that I'm 1000% happy I didn't purchase a pavement princess all decked out in chrome... I want a bike I can ride, pretty much wherever and whenever I want, and the KLR fits the bill. It doesn't hurt that in my growing up years I learned to ride on enduros, and never got into the "cruiser" mindset.
My KLR gets ridden as often as possible - far more often than my coworkers chromed-out Hardly-Ablesons and such. If it rains, I just put on the rain gear and continue on. If there's more than a 10% chance of rain, the chromed bikes stay in the garage, because it's "too hard to clean off all the water spots from the chrome".
Seriously. That's one of the excuses I've heard over the years.
If you like riding, and don't expect the bike to jump out from under you, the KLR is a good choice. It's a multi-purpose bike that doesn't do a single type of riding spectacularly, but it does multiple types of riding adequately.
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