Charro,I think you should trade the Patrol in for a Gear-up and use that for offroad riding!Matt
I own both a DR650 and a Bullet Sixty 5 and for off road there is absolutely no comparison!! I agree that the KLR and the DR aren't much to look at and I love riding my Bullet, but even at modest speeds on any but the smoothest roads you will be at a huge disadvantage. Something to consider is that the DR can be lowered. The prices are all nearly the same for new bikes. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the Suzuki. I know little of the Kaw.
....Waiting to do any carb work until after its broken in...
.... By carb work I ment replacing carb with larger Mikuni and removing airbox.
As for removing the airbox, if you bolt the filter right to the carb inlet, you will shorten the inlet tract too much and will have a flat spot in the torque curve. Just because everybody takes a photo of this carb setup and thinks it's authentic doesn't make it right.
You know, Charro, not getting that Military might be a blessing in disguise. I uncrated my bike in the driveway and had to push it up to the shop, and even though R E is no heavy weight, as bikes go, it seemed awfully heavy at that time. Something about 150 pounds lighter and with the same sort of power might make life easier out in those hills and gullies. Sure, you will normally have power, but there may be times when you will need to get off and push. Just a thought, what do you think?