the leg is a problem, the left one is the damaged one. im down to 40% strength on it compared to the good (right) leg. i can handle my KLR well enough but its a bit buzzy and underpowered
to be a good highway runner, its an allday backroad bike, works great in that context, but cruising at 80+ on the interstate is not its forte. my concours 14 is a land missile but weighs 700lbs.
so im going to a middleight that is easier to handle. versys650 lt or a strom xt adventure or a tracer 900GT on the high end. im more inclined to the smaller lighter versys.
If I read the spec sheet correctly the versys is 6 inches less wheelbase and 40 lbs lighter than the strom. thats going to be increasingly more important as time goes by and the knee joint deteriorates until i have it replaced.
the GT looks good but is heavier than either and i like the idea of simple reliable bikes, cruise would be nice but after half a million or more miles without one ill be ok i imagine.
so the choice so far is a 650 versys LT. I like my bikes with saddlebags and decent wind protection.
I hear you. It has taken a year to find out, but I have a partially torn ACL and meniscus , I now wear a leg brace on my left leg. I had a minor crash this year due to unusual circumstances and partially my left leg, having said that I hope to put another 4000 KM on the bike before winter sets in. I wear my leg brace all the time when riding now, luckily it fits perfectly into my motorcycle boots. As to your question, I have my bike with the lowering link , however I carry a good 50 pounds of various stuff, compressor, tire plugging kit, prop stand, heated jacket, etc.
You also question the power, it will do 80 MPH all day, no sweat, however I must add, I had a 07 Versys, now my 2015 , one huge difference in rideability is the ECU flash I got from Shoodaben , the bike is just awesome now.The second thing is the cases, those trekker cases are also fantastic, I had the Givi 35 on the 07, everything wanted to fall out when opening, especially the left side. The Trekker case open top or suitcase, a matter of flipping a latch, and they have been subject to 2 low speed crashes on gravel, minor scratches only.
my former 07
not a good photo but my Trekker case open on the left side using the top opening option