It really boils down to which bike I feel is better equipped and prepped just before the trip. The KLR would certainly be more comfortable on the pavement and gravel roads, but the DRZ is the choice for the rough stuff.
My KLR currently has about 7 gallons of fuel capacity anyway, so range isn't a huge issue. I could see real utility in passenger peg fuel mounts on something like the Trans-Taiga and the North Road. With a one gallon Rotopax on each peg mount and a 1.75 on the tail rack, it would bring total capacity up to nearly 11 gallons, or somewhere around 500 miles with a reserve. If I decided to take the Moto-Mule trailer and wanted to go completely psycho, I could add another 3.5 to that.
When I get over to your shop, you might look at whipping up a set of those passenger peg mounts. I think they'd be a good seller for you, and a fairly unique product.
EDIT: The passenger peg idea is a good one, but after a staring session at the bike, I don't think it would work well for the Rotopax cans. It would work better with something like a 1 gallon Blitz can because of the available space. Since the Blitz cans aren't nearly as rugged as the Rotopax, some sort of incorporated crash bar would be a very good idea in the event that bikey took a nap.
Originally Posted by jackpiner57
Don't ask me why, but for some strange reason I was thinking you were taking the KLR. If I had one, I probably would.