Welcome fellow Norcal (potential) Rider.
Ummmm Where do I start...
First of all. MSF course!!!!
Second. Girls 5, and 7? Ride smart!!! Come home safe!
Third. Yes! KLR is the way to go.
If you look around your area, you have quite a bit of local support, ie, tech days, local rides etc...
Most people on this site WILL tell you that the KLR is one great bike for all of your(not too soon to be mid-life fun) needs! I say this at almost age 49.
Post up, ask questions, and Welcome
PPMC # 3
Yo! To the brothers.
RIP Darin, Ben, Carey
"I am the muffin man"