Don't forget buttressing the flexy frame and going with an 18" rear wheel.
What's sucky about the KLR is that some bikes that are good deserve to stay around for 15 years unchanged. The KLR has been very flawed for its entire run, with very little effort to correct it.
Just lazy on the part of Kawi, but then the Japs do that a lot. Make a great bike for 3 years, make a mediocre one for 20, no rhyme or reason.
Maybe KTM has it better...make 185 different models, one of them's bound to be good.