Originally Posted by Qaz
...I think we need some guide lines...
there are no guidelines, never will be either. the bikes are purpose built and tailored to satisfy the builder's criteria, not some other rider's notions of what "ideal" means, no matter the usage. riders can't even agree on the capability and usage of bone stock motos, how are they to set guidelines for custom builds?
if custom bikes happen to end up with some similarities, it's because the builders had similar goals and might have faced the same problems and constraints.
KLR with a ptwin offers more what, exactly? some great builds by some very talented guys, and that bike might offer more of what you're looking for, but certainly not more of what i'm looking for. see what i mean.
your money, your time, your skills, your ride...build whatever the heck ya want.