Another warm welcome from the opposite sex.....lol....go figure eh....lol.
I agree with all of the above, but wouldn't rule out an earlier version bike at all. The price difference will easily allow you to make the bike your own. I think personally that the people who complain about the wind protection want a street bike type protection while having their cake and eating it too...so to speak. The KLR is what it is, a cheapmans' adventure touring machine...IMHO. That is how I use mine. I ride it tens of thousands of kms every season on some adventure each and every summer. If you realize what it is designed for and accept it for what it is, then I think you will fall in love with it too. Sure you can buy the newer version if you feel that is best, nothing wrong with either way. It's a personal choice. Personally I do not feel the KLR is a dirtbike like many do, but that's just me. It's way too heavy and poorly sprung to deal with the demands of off roading etc. Again to each their own.
Search out images etc of ewach type and judge for yourself.
They made a few good improvements on the newer versions over the earlier ones....better brakes, better wind protection, some feel better looks, stronger forks, slightly better seat( I can't see that one myself?) Much better lighting and a better swing arm. BUT....they also allowed one bad thing to happen, in some cases the earlier production bikes of the newer version burned oil badly. So beware. It is a semi simple fix not costing too much. A simple big bore kit will solve this only real issue with the newer version bikes. A 685 or 705 big bore kit are the most proven kits out there, there are a few other 658 and a 688 kit, both have good track records but not as long out on the market. Your choice on which you choose.
So there you have all the good and the ugly about the great KLR and it is still a great bike. All bikes have issues, every make and model, none are imune to these little teething problems so to speak. They are all well documented and are all easily fixable.
I don't mean to scare you off at all...just to give you a complete understanding on what the bike is all about.
Now go out and swing a leg over one.....if you can touch the ground.....you are halfway home. I think I have said before, it is easily lowered also. If you can tippy toe it, it can be lowered enough to easily get the balls of your feet to touch if not allowing you to flat foot it.
Hope this helps....