Welcome to the forum, Pat!
I have two bikes. I'm on my second KLR, both of which were bought for dual sportish rides of a shortish nature. My other bike is a BMW R1200RT, which was bought for roadish rides (it has a skid plate, so gentle off-road use is OK) of a longish nature.
I ride the KLR 90% of the time and it seldom leaves the house without going at least a thousand miles. It's been all over the western US. I love the stupid thing. It's uglier than a mud fence, pretty slow and way too heavy. I don't call it 'my girl' or 'my pig'. It's just a damn motorcycle (don't anthropomorphize
motorcycles; they hate it when you do that). It's rather noisy, crude, vibrates a lot, gets blown all over the place, is reliable as a rock, and handles like a dream. See @klr4evr
's sig line.
You won't like it if you want to go fast. You won't like it if you expect it to be a chick magnet. It's tall so, if you're not, it will take some getting used to. It's addictive, so you'll fiddle with it quite a bit. It will make you want to bury your Sportster axle-deep in the front lawn and plant flowers around it.
Do not buy a 2008 or 2009 unless you decrement the asking price by $1000 and set that money aside to rebuild the top end.
By the way, mine is for sale. I'll take the first offer over $10K.