Ideally, for an asphalt/off-road (60/40) application, I think these 2 bikes are probably the best:Arthury, I'm about the same size as you.
Weight: Yes lower is better off road. But also the height of where that weight is located matters A LOT. You can have the same weight bikes, but if one has a lower center of gravity, that bike will feel lighter AND will be easier to pick up from a drop.
Comfort: For long trips on asphalt, two words: wind protection and a comfy seat. You can have a slow-*** bike, but when you have the former two, you will be just fine. Engine vibes are not an issue with any modern motorcycle. The new KLR for example, appears to have minimized vibrations from its big thumper (You Tube ride reviews of the 2022 model).
Seat Height: See weight above. A bike with a high center of gravity will feel "taller". I was able to put one foot down on my 35" seat height DR650 because it had a narrow seat and low weight. Off road, it was actually easier to put both feet down because the ground was softer and the bike's tires sat lower into the soft ground. Sounds counter intuitive but that's how it worked out for me. However, when I loaded the bike's rear seat (bags filled with stuff and extra fuel), my DR650 felt top heavy.
I honestly think the KLR650 the right bike for all the above. The new one has a lower seat height and a lower center of gravity compared to the old bike. It has over 250 miles of range (excellent for BDR work). It has excellent wind management. It's smooth for a big thumper. The price new, tops out at $8k MSRP. I'm seriously considering this bike myself. I have a VStrom 650 XT and I also love this bike. I don't know if I want to take it on a BDR route with a lot of off road though. It does well on Forest Service roads rated "Easy". It starts to struggle at "Moderate" rated trails. Or maybe it's me who starts to struggle...LOL! Regardless. The KLR will eat up Moderate trails that my VStrom would find challenging due to suspension limitations.
That is something you will see a lot of debate from adventure riders and dirt bike riders.What are the main pros/cons of Tube vs Tubeless ?
The KTM 390 is a European bike and it is also made in China.[...]
Take a quick look at the KTM 390 ADventure. Direct competitor to the Honda CB500x, but better off road and already off road ready from the showroom. The 390 ADV comes with tubeless tires and costs less than the Honda, but faster than the Honda!
No disrespect but I think you are wrong. KTM bikes are made in Austria. The only KTM bike made outside of Austria is the 790. Both the duke and ADV are made in the Philippines. Not sure why. If I am wrong, I apologize in advance.The KTM 390 is a European bike and it is also made in China.
The KTM 390 Adventure is one of those bikes I believe punches above its weight and displacement class. It's power to weight ratio is actually BETTER than the CB500x and KLR650. The KTM also comes very well equipped:The KTM 390 is a European bike and it is also made in China.
Thanks for the correction and no offense to European bike fans. BMW, KTM, Aprilia, etc have exciting products.The KTM 390 Adventure was made in India in 2020, but I believe they are now made in the the Philippines beginning 2021. The Honda CBR500x and KLR650 are both made in Thailand. A number of Triumphs are also made in Thailand. Some BMW's are made in China.
VStroms and Tenere's still made in Japan. Their pricing are still able to support building them there. Someday it may not.
Why not just go with an EXC and leave all the others in your dust?Thanks for the correction and no offense to European bike fans. BMW, KTM, Aprilia, etc have exciting products.
And, I have owned brand new BMW M3's before and still own a M235xi. It's just that their parts are significantly more expensive.