I also debated for a long time about a KLR. ( Iím 5í 11Ē 32Ē inseam. )
When I came across my ( almost new ) KLR at a dealer at a good price, I took the plunge.
Mine was already lowered ( dog-bone ) and had a shortened side stand. I took my seat to an automotive upholstery shop, and had them take off 2Ē from the rear of seat. ( It now is almost flat from front to back. )
I still have to do a ďbunny-hopĒ to get on, mainly because I keep a large tail bag on the rack. ( Good to practice your exercises every day. )
When Iím on, I can place my feet flat on ground. I donít really have any trouble in gravel, and light off road riding. I just have to keep my eye on the way the ground is when I come to a stop.
Iíll probably never take mine in the same places I take my little NX250, but for longer trips and exploring abandoned back roads, the KLR is topís.
I can do most normal maintenance my self. Thatís a big plus! ( The rear wheel, on the KLR, is way easer to remove than my NXís wheel. )
PS: This is really a bad place to get negative opinions on a KLR
2017 Yamaha XT250
1990 Honda NX250 (Green/White)
2011 Kawasaki KLR 650 (Orange & White )
My KLR Page..http://www.powers31.info/2011_KLR650.htm
Mod's to KLR:
Power socket, L.E.D. Battery Indicator, Camera bag holder
Custom Saddlebag frames .
Louder horns, Firstgear Onyx tail bag.
Custom Aluminum Skid Plate.
Cut down seat with Custom pad.
Go Pro Camera mount.