I own KLR's for reasons that have nothing to do with their relatively cheap price. I had three KTM's in my garage a couple years ago and they are great bikes; I've ridden most of them including the 200XC, 300XC and XCW, 625, 640, 450/500 EXC, 950 and 990 Adventure, etc.
They are technically superior and have many strong points, but NOTHING (regardless of price point) offers the following advantages that a KLR650 has;
- reliability and ease of repair
- availability of parts both stock and aftermarket
specifically when comparing to the 690 Enduro, I believe the KLR is simpler, more robust and I don't like the ergonomics of the KTM. They aren't equipped with a decent fuel capacity and it's hard and expensive to change that. Luggage carrying ability is also lacking.
I can easily afford to buy one but chose the KLR for these reasons.
...that said a stock KLR is no comparison to the capabilities of the 690 Enduro.....which is why mine are extensively modified. I've done;
- proper bars and handguards
- IMS tank
- knight designs pegs
- ricochet skid plate
- antigravity LiFePo battery
- LeoVince X3 silencer
- Cogent DDC's and springs and a Cogent Moab shock
- 320mm IMS rotor and Eagle SV caliper bracket and caliper
.....and a couple of dozen other mods.
.....the result in the case of my 2000 KLR is a bike with less than 1000 miles on it that I picked up for $3700.00 Can. and I've spent about $3000.00 in upgrades. I believe this bike to be as capable offroad as a stock 690 Enduro R whilst maintaining the other advantages of the KLR as mentioned above.
....it was never about the money for me.