I'm jumping in late in this thread, so apologies if it's already been mentioned, but a second generation V-Strom 650 might check off some of the boxes on your wish list. I traded a 2011 KLR for a 2013 V-Strom and was much happier riding it on pavement than I was on the KLR. And if your off-pavement riding is limited to gravel roads, the V-Strom was fine for that.On the other hand, my opportunities to ride on paved country roads seem endless. And when I'm riding along and do find an unpaved road that goes somewhere, I'd like to be on a bike that can handle it easily and with reasonable comfort.
I also want to have a bike that is a little smaller than my Africa Twin, easier to pick up and able to get it in and out of my truck bed so I can take it when we do RV trips, which we like to do frequently. And most of the places we go end up also having lots more pavement than dirt to ride on.
Based on all of that, it seems like having an fairly inexpensive second bike of the dual sport flavor that favors the street over the dirt would make sense. From what I can tell, the KLR seems to fit that bill better than the others for that. I just wish it were a little lighter and had EFI, but that doesn't exist at this point, it seems.
I remember when that came out, always thought the other bikes were sandbagging.Jarrett, not really point of thread, but , anything's possible...