Originally Posted by srileo
I think there is a huge gap between the KLR and the F800GS that is very neatly filled in by a vstrom 650.
I would seriously NOT consider the F800 for the additional reason that it makes you look like ca$h rich in 3rd world countries. I'd rather melt into the background and look like a grungy backpacker than a rich gentleman traveller.
In most developing countries, you will look cash rich on any bike that is not a common local bike. No one in India, Tajikistan or Bolivia is going to discern any difference between a KLR and a 1200GSA, let alone a vStom and a 800GS. Even my Honda Falcon 400cc (a local bike) was considered by most locals in Peru and Bolivia to be a monsterous rich man's bike. Some even asked if it was a Harley.
Even on an Enfield in India, in a small village I once had a throng of locals 200 strong cramming forward to get a look at the white guy. It was enough to make the 2 cops holding them off to nervously say "Please you go now!" And I did!