On road, the KLR is a capable tourer. The riding position is all-day comfortable, helped by the new, firmer seat, which is narrower and rounder in front but wider and flatter in back. Wind protection is more than adequate, and there are myriad taller windscreens available for those who want more. The motor is fairly smooth-running, thanks to dual counterbalancers, and while tall overall gearing helps reduce vibration, a sixth speed in the transmission would help further—a few 75-mph highway drones with the engine spinning around 4500 rpm had my fingertips tingling. On one deserted stretch I tucked in behind the windscreen and saw an indicated 95 mph, with no hint of instability. That's damn fast for a single! And since it holds 6.1 gallons of gas, the KLR can theoretically go more than 300 miles on a tankful—twice as far as its Japanese competitors.