Did they touch the doohickey?
Never mind; just disrupting things for a bit of turbulence!
(While I've upgraded mine (EM w/torsion spring), I won't argue with anyone who chooses to run stock; each one assesses risk and chooses to manage it in his own way.)
The piece appears to be a showcase for Bike Bandit, as you mention. This thrust limits the modifications deemed acceptable, and . . . might deny some upgrades of higher priority than those fulfilled by Bike Bandit's inventory, IMHO.
Yet; ain't nothin' wrong with show-and-tell from a particular vendor; long as the journalism is honestly represented as such.
I would have reservations if such an exercise was represented as an overall survey of KLR mods available.
The piece is rather an advertisement; maybe an actual advertisement, where Bike Bandit paid directly for the coverage space. Text doesn't exactly ring like an objective evaluation, but . . . doesn't have to, if Bike Bandit's paying for the coverage.
Regardless, thanks for sharing the interesting layout of accessories available from Bike Bandit, PeoriaMac!