KLR is good for commuting. It's good for many things, and not so good for many others. It lacks power, it's heavy, and it's NOT a dirt bike. It's also NOT a street bike. It will do reasonably well off road, and equally reasonable on the pavement. You WILL not race anybody (either on the street, or off road), but it will carry you to the places off the pavement, where most street bikes won't. It will also carry you around town (with gear), where dirt bikes won't (or are not legal to be). You will be able to go through traffic jams, cross ditches, crisscross parking lots, and go over most obstacles in the city (if you need to).
When considering (or riding) KLR, one has to be aware of it's limitations. It's a great bike for what it is (BIG enduro), that will serve well, and for a LONG time if one takes care of it. There are much better bikes out there, but MOST of them are purposely built for the niche. KLR is "do it all reasonably well on the cheap" kind of bike.
I have a horse ranch, and KLR will round up horses just fine, It will carry tools to repair fences just fine too. If I have to make a quick run to town (to a hardware store) 15 miles away, it will do that with ease. I can stop at the bar for a drink, and it won't look out of place on the main street either. I can ride it with my boots covered in the horse manure, and sit on it in my dusty jeans (unlike my BMW),....it's perfect for me. It's a proverbial "workhorse".
Last edited by Danielsand; 01-10-2018 at 02:49 PM.