The suspension of the 2011 Kawasaki KLR, which was updated last year, has a conventional fork up front and a shock at the back with damping and preload adjustors. The big gas tank makes a huge difference in the suspension performance and handling characteristics of the bike. The suspension works best when the tank is half full, especially on the highway. Off the road, the tires and body of the 2011 Kawasaki KLR are what impacts the performance most. The heavy curb weight of the bike makes it difficult for the suspension to their job. On the streets and around the city, the suspension does a well enough job with the fork avoiding too much dive. However, stiffer springs and a low-speed compression damping could have helped make the bike easier to drive on trails. The same can be said for the rear suspension too; it works great around the city, but it gives the bike a stance that is comfortable for short riders and uncomfortable for tall ones. Considering the mass and limited wheel travel, the rear suspension does a great job on the trails, but it could use the same improvements as the front suspension. Overall, the 2011 Kawasaki KLR is a big motorcycle that does not feel too big, steers with decent precision at low speeds, and stays stable at high speeds.