Quick?? That's a tough one.. When at freeway speed, they'll get out of their own way fast enough, but they're no speed demon..I have been looking to get a long distance tourer. I have slim down my choices, KLR650 or the VERSYS. My question in regards to the KLR650, what is the top speed on this bike? are they quick and fast enough on the free way?
I think it's time to start spillin your guts and tell us what your plans are because you'll just waste everyones time by keeping us guessing. Mentioning the Versys suggested you weren't interested in off-road, but you say you are so we need to get your plans out in the open here. What level of off-road? What mileage do you mean when you say long distance touring, how often will you do the long distance touring, how often will you off-road, will you be off-roading locally as well. Spill it!
The KLR doesn't excel at anything! It's a compromise in all aspects in order to be able to do all aspects. If you gear up more for on-road you lose off-road ability and vice versa. Sounds like you need the 650 V-strom at $8,000 or BMW G650GS at $7,670.00. Both have enough power for sustained road touring and should still be manageable off-road. Even the mighty KTM 530exc is that price and it's road ergonomics isn't much better then the KLR and maybe worse. You'll need to bump to the KTM 990 Adventure for a more comfortable road tourer and capable off-roader (With some skills and strength).I like a bike that excel in both off and on road. I will do as much off road as i can at the same time i want it to be capable of hitting the highway with out lag.