Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Sister Lakes, MI
I have a 650 and while I ride solo, it has been more than adequate on pretty much any road I have taken it down, be it interstates, 2-lane country roads (including some with really rotten pavement), and gravel. I have also taken it down more than a few 2-tracks and abandoned logging roads and had no problem - and some are places I would be reluctant to go with any conventional SUV. From what I have heard from several on this forum, the 650 does well-enough 2-up, although if most of your riding is on pavement 2-up (and especially highway), you may want to consider the 1000. As far as the height issue goes, it is easy enough to get a seat to get the 1000's height boost, if that is an issue.
The KLR would do better on rough terrain, but at the expense of road comfort. If the worst you are dealing with is gravel roads, then I would seriously consider the 650 or 1000.
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