2007 vs 2009
I second the thought, newer KLR has better protection from the elements on the road.
It weighs 450 lbs, 60 lbs more than the gen one (390 lbs), and all that difference is on the front wheel. But at least neither version makes much horsepressure.
Point being; gen2 not as capable in the dirt as the lighter gen1 bike, but still okay off road when compared to a ST1100, and much better wind protection (than the early KLR).
I have 15k mi on my '08 klr. Of that about 5k mi is on gavel roads where it does great.
For hwy use you will benefit from going to taller gearing to relax engine rpm at speed.
As for doohickeys, my bike (15kmi) has not received it's doo (which I ordered and received a few months ago and still sits on my desk). The older bikes must have this mod to keep from grenading. I have replaced many of them in gen1 bikes, and each of them needed it at 5-8k mi. (we found broken springs and or arms)
I will do the doo at some point for peace of mind, and I have a jet kit for it, (though it seems to run fine without it) One of these days. Round-to-its are back ordered.
Trying to make a KLR faster seems pointless. Airbox, filter and exhaust are all stock.
Mods to my bike are; good tires (about every 5kmi), taller gearing (15/38), tour-a-tech mount and garmin gpsV, heated grips, 3"shorter handlebars, taller windsheild from Parabellum and Hyper-lites LED tail/flashing brakelite.
Is it my favorite bike ever? maybe, hard to say, depends on the ride at hand.
I have owned dozens, and ridden hundreds of bikes, I like the versatility of this bike, and I am really enjoying it.
When I want to ride serious dirt; I take my KTM400ex/c, when I want to get froggy in the paved twisties I take my Ducati 900ss. I have a cool vintage BMW named COL. Klink, but I ride my KLR more than all the other bikes combined.
Sorry for being such an asshole. Enjoy
'72 BMW R75/5 (Col. Klink),
'02 KTM 400 E/XC,
'05 ktm 125 sx (for sale)
"Hey, are you okay? Can you get up?
I thought you said you could ride"
All the best