The newish edition KLR looks remarkably identical to the oldish edition. I'm kinda surprised Kawasaki has not got around to doing a complete redesign. In a recent comparison of similar motorcycles by MCN it finished WAY behind the KTM and Husqvarna. Just the fact it is a 25+ year old design means there is a lot of modern advancements to suspensions, chassis and engines that could be incorporated into this bike to make it better. The KLR for instance still uses a steel perimeter frame chassis, hydraulic damping rod forks, and a carbed engine and analogue gauges.
I think the market is there for a more refined 650cc 50/50 off road and street adv bike from a Japanese manufacturer.
Last edited by twowheels; 12-22-2013 at 06:34 PM.