Since I am more of a Roady the changes are good. An 18" front wheel option would have been nice. They still put the Turn Signal / Neutral / High Beam lights below the newly designed guages. How stupid can they be.
If I was buying a new motorcycle I probably would not buy the KLR650 because of the changes and increase in price though I would by the V-Strom 650. For the road it has better wheels and tires, $60 away from an adjustable windshield, less vibration, quieter with more power, 6speed, better for 2up, low front fender, better electrical, and still can manage some Adventure off-roading. I would not take it off-roading with the Boys in Auburn.
Big question. What is the military going to do with the new body panels. Can't see them using a heavier bike with more to break. If the fairing is removed what do they install to replace it? They might be better off by holding the some of the body parts they are currently selling and and installing them on the 2008 models.
Just my 2 cents.
2005 KLR 685
2015 Yamaha Super Tenere ES, 5/23/2015
2012 Yamaha Super Tenere; Purchased 7/30/2011; Sold 5/23/2015