Hi, I had a KLX650 for a couple of years, which - in some ways - is similar to the KLR650, and I absolutely loved it. The KLX is more suitable for off-road use, and the KLR is apparently slightly more comfortable as a road bike.
Thanks! I hadn't thought about the engine being older and putting out less power, totally makes sense though. Also I understand totally about getting a feel for the bike and being comfortable with it.
A friend of mine had an older Kawasaki KLR650 until recently and he said that it would be a good starter bike. Has anyone on here ever had experience on one of those? I'd like a second opinion.
Ah, managed to dig up a photo of the beast, here you go:
Generally speaking though (as I mentioned in my previous post) I honestly think that a large single (==1 cylinder) is a great first bike. If you're not going to be using the bike on off-road excursions much, I'd also recommend looking into Supermotos. Something like the Honda FMX650 or KTM Duke have similar engines and setups to the larger enduros/on-offs/duals (like the KLR), but usually have a bit more grunt, are lighter, and are generally easier and more fun to ride :)