Huge fuel tank, luggage rack, fairing, very tame power delivery, easy to work on. Water cooling, soft seat, huge aftermarket for accessories and parts, huge KLR ownership community to share tips with and to help. Very roomy "cockpit", pegs/handlebar/seat position.
Tall and heavy. The big gas tank and fairing make the bike seem massive and the height & weight can be an issue for shorter DS riders. The "doohickey" balancer lever; some have had problems with broken ones, but ALL have heard about it.
The shortest seat height of all 650 DS bikes. Can be lowered more. Seems lighter than it really is. Feels nimble, like a skinny little dirt bike. Air/oil cooled so no radiator fan or water pump to mess with. Comes in two colors. Peppy power delivery. Exhaust note is a nice thumping sound.
Small gas tank, no luggage rack. No windshield. Seat is very skinny and hard; my butt was hurting after only a few miles. The handlebars seem kind of low. The whole bike seemed lower, more "squatty" than the KLR.
2008 KLR650 vs. DL650
Test rode a DR650-DR650 vs KLR650