When I'm riding back roads, gravel or paved, I like to putt along around 25 - 35 mph, depending on what's to see. If level or down hill, 5th can be done at 35 & faster.
Climbing up a grade, I shift to 4th or even 3d to maintain 30 - 35 mph.
There are areas where I would like to use 5th at 35mph to keep rev's down. If I use 4th at 35mph, it feels like I'm reving up to much. I guess reving is better than lugging!
Here in N.H. the back roads are always going up hill or down hill. A nice speed to travel these roads, and look around at things, is 30 - 35mph.
Hmm! Maybe I could put my GL1800 engine in the KLR?
I have taken my Wing on some gravel roads. Shakes the $$t out of me, and the bike. At least I don't have to check the fasteners on the Wing.
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.