Every now and then my mind wanders to what my next bike should be. Something "better" than the trusty Gen 2 KLR650 I've been more than happy with. I do some Googling, look at second hand and dealer pages, check out new bike specs, etc. Then I realise getting something that does everything I need as well as the KLR is actually pretty hard! Most of my riding is my 400km of weekly commuting then the odd weekend jaunt. So the KLR checks many boxes:
Plenty of fuel for a 350km range? Check.
High seating position for a good view of traffic? Check.
Masses of storage with the RJays bag? Check.
Comfortable for the max 2 hour stints I do in the saddle? Check.
Rides 2-up on the weekend with the wife? Check.
Handles well enough in the twisties on street tyres? Check.
Puts a smile on my face? Check!
Sure, I could want for more grunt - but the KLR has still gotten me a speeding ticket! And I could wish for better braking and a range of electrical gadgetry - but I certainly don't need it. The weight is a little much for my small frame too. I could upgrade to a more powerful, newer and probably heavier dual sport but I doubt it'd give me much more pleasure, especially for the added outlay. No other bike really ticked every box, was miles better and good value to boot. I guess I'll be riding the KLR for a while longer!
Or maybe I'll just buy a Harley instead.......