But we had one complaint: The KLR was too soft, so it bottomed its suspension when ridden hard off-road. Now, though, with the arrival of the 2014.5 Kawasaki KLR650 New Edition, that may not be a concern because the suspension has been made significantly firmer. The fork still has 41mm tubes, but the springs are a significant 40 percent stiffer than before, and rebound damping has been upped by 28 percent. In back, the traditional Uni-Trak setup remains, but the spring is 63 percent stiffer, and the damping has increased by 80 percent. Moreover, Kawasaki says the oil level in the fork has been raised by 5mm to improve bottoming resistance, while the stock rear preload is now set to the middle (3) of the five settings, whereas previously the bike left the Thailand factory in its softest rear setting. The changes, says Kawasaki, are all aimed at improving the KLR's off-road capabilities while also providing sharper handling and reduced brake dive.