Okay, here are my thoughts after riding a V today. It was a new 09 with dual sport tires. Over all the street performance and the acceleration of the bike completely out performed the KLR. But, that really isn't a big surprise with the V having significantly more HP, having a vertical twin engine vs. the single ""thumper", and both bikes weighing roughly about the same.
Originally from Idaho where my riding was 50/50 or at least 60/40 the KLR seemed to be the best fit. Since moving to Oregon where my riding has transitioned to more 90/10 or possibly 95/5 the V logically may be a better choice.
My only real concern while riding the V today was that it really didn't give me a feeling of confidence that it would "track" when transitioning to the, all-be-it limited, off road scenario. (Controlled pucker factor)
From those that have moved to the V from the KLR, my question is, "Does that feeling of uncertainty and uneasiness of taking the V from the pavement to the "gravel" subside with time much like transitioning to riding any other machine?" (as is typically common)
Other than that, I could definitely appreciate the power increase without having to drop a 705 kit into the KLR. Riding position was very similar, which is important to me. A little more cramped on the legs, but not enough to deter me.
What they offered me for the KLR was laughingly rediculous. So, I'll sell this one on my own.
Then I'll add my cash and start looking.
I'll have to agree with Dave on the one horse in the barn at a time. To me, motorcycles are like a wife...I can only afford one of them at a time to fully appreciate what I have.