That's excellent to hear, Mojo!
I'm currently trapped at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station (well, it was my choice, and it will buy my KLR for me). I've been reading many books on US to TdF/Ushuia adventure touring. My riding crew in Colorado are all dual-sporters, and include Chris and Erin Ratay, round-the-worlders extraordinaire.
I'm planning on atleast Deadhorse, Alaska to PanamaCanal in 2009 via 2009 KLR. Great to hear your comments on the new one. I've logged considerable off-road miles on R100GSes and older KLRs.