No doubt about it, this bike is SWEET! Just put about 40 miles on some very technical single track (lots of very rocky ground too). So confidence inspiring! Did everything I hoped it would do and more. Sure, it's down on power vs. a number of other offerings but for what I want to do, it's great. Once it's got a few miles on it, I might look at a pipe and jet kit but it really doesn't need it unless you want to ride silly fast.
Lot's of folks have correctly pointed out that a DRZ-E plated here in Texas would be a nice option. No doubt about it. I went with the KLX after having a number of same tell me they'd give just about anything for a 6th gear.
"Gentlemen, gentlemen, be of good cheer, for they are out there and we are in here!" - Robert Culp, attributed by Hugh Hefner as the official slogan of the Playboy Mansion