After many years of traveling on the bigger bikes: KTM 950, Vstrom 1000, Aprilia Dorsoduro I have found and bought a 2009 KLR with lots and lots of aftermarket stuff. The stock KLR would never satisfy me but the previous owner adjusted everything to my liking including rear shock and springs and fork valving and springs and a 688cc piston. I picked it for its smaller and easier traveling size. It will still go freeway speeds but off road it will be somewhat easier to maneuver than the KTM or Strom. and buying two sets of tires a year is expensive on those bigger bikes. I also have a seriously changed DR650 for my more serious dirt tracking. I would not use a KLR if my riding included very much two up though. Any one of the newer 800cc cycles would be far superior to a single for two up.
Chrome and noise are no reason to ride a motorcycle!
:2002 KTM 640 DS :2003 Suzuki GSXR1000
:2005.5 KTM 950 :2007 VStrom 1000
:2008 DR650 :2009 Aprilia DorsoDuro
:2009 KLR 650 :more to come