I'm glad that I have the last good year of the KLR.
OK I am going to be the antaginist (sp).
Buy an '07 KLR, you can get them for $4900 OTD in this area. Now make all the upgrades that the '08 KLR has from the factory. How much do you think the '07 will cost finished?
+front brake rotor and dual piston caliper
+mirrors with less vibration
+left-side mirror relocated
+adjustable front brake lever
+larger non-buffeting hard guards
+handlebar vibration dampeners
+better sidestand with big foot
+tail light / inner fender
+10mm upper sub-frame bolt
+plastic radiator screen
+larger stock skid plate
+stainless steel header with stainless steel header heat shield
+larger header (inside diameter with no seam)
+side panels that keep saddlebags away from the exhaust and rear wheel
+balancer lever (doohickey)
+thicker wheel spokes
+"possibly" a dual piston rear brake
+larger rear rack
+narrower turn signals with clear lens
+non-buffeting front fender
+increased flow on the intake valves
+hidden front brake line
How much does that '07 cost?
I am not bad mouthing the pre-'08 but it does have its good points. There are not too many things that need to be upgraded.
Is it ugly? In some eyes, yes. In other eyes, no. Definitely in the eyes of the riders that drop the '08 and crack the plastic ($25 here and $125 there). But if you are a true off-roader who cares about looks. Ride it, drop it, pick it up, ride it...don't wash it.