thats an awesome ride! hows it compare toa ZRX1200?
Not sure who you're refering to, but I'll make the assumption that it's my Z1000 since as awesome as the KLR is, they're so totaly different.
We just returned home from a 1200km trip through the mountains (Calgary to Relvelstoke+side trips). Given the temperatures on Friday night and Saturday, even though I haven't ridden a ZRX1200, I can say that the fairing of the 1200 would be a huge asset in such temperatures. It was cold this weekend!
I've also been informed by some 1200 owners that the 1200 engine is not of the same lineage as my Z and that my Z "needs to be reved". That may be, but I can say that I think I only downshifted from sixth twice this weekend to pass. Even at 4000rpm it has enough torque that you just twist the throttle and bye-bye.
The engine is flexible enough that I only have to shift if I want to.
So, to summarize, it has more than enough power, but being a super-sexy-naked, it lacks the wind protection of something like the ZRX1200.
Here's a picture of it during this weekend's trip at the Rogers Pass summit. It's a bit dirty now.:tup: