I not so long ago bought an 01 klr after having admired them for many years and this is my opinion if anyone cares
I live in VA only a couple minutes to the northern most entrance to the skyline drive and am fortunate enough to have some land to ride and nearby gravel roads. So on to the klr - the bike is certainly not for everyone, the seat is pathetic and why after all those years they didn't give it a 6th gear or at least lower first with a longer fifth is beyond me. So first isn't quite low enough and i refuse to make things any worse on the highway by going to a 14t. Anyway the bike doesn't like the highway and it hates the highway if other vehicles are present as you can feel as though you are going to get blown off the road. All that said i still love my klr, it's a blast to ride in the fields - on the hills - crossing the creek - etc etc It handles very well on twisty pavement and doesn't care when the pavement ends. It is what it is and for the money simply can't be beat. The klr is a true dual sport, sure when i take those longer rides i wish i had a beemer but when the trail looks ugly it sure is nice to have a bike that can afford a scratch or dent.
Dont worry about the seat, it was designed that way and you can fit in a much comfort one as you like. If you ride alongside any trailer the feeling of been blown off is almost there; just the feeling. I find the KLR is a 'basic' bike and easy to maintain. Value for money. My only complaint is that it lacks the power to stay 'in formation' with other dual purpose such as F800GS. Just my thought.