I'll agree with you on 6th I would love to have an OD I rode mine from cali to Texas and back and let me tell you I was begging for 6th.Been breaking in my new 2018 KLR and I wish a couple things on it were different. Great bike for what I mostly do ( gravel roads), but I wish Kawasaki would make two changes..
First change, give me a lower 1st gear for in the woods and deep sand, etc. I find negotiating obstacles with this ratio taxes the clutch and drive train too much.
Second, GIVE IT A 6th GEAR!! With all that torque on tap there's no reason why it won't handle an overdrive gear for the highway.. I think if Kawasaki did this they would then have the near perfect motorcycle..
There are easy cheap solutions to both of your problems change out your sprockets. I can't tell you the perfect tooth set-up but just ask and someone will be able to give you the right sprocket set up for any type of riding you want.
It's a KLR man it'll do you right
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