I agree, the KLR can certainly tour, and does have a place in the smaller/slower end of the big bikes category. Usually when I think big adv bikes though, I think stuff like the 1150/1200 GS, the 990, 1000cc strom, stuff like that. I need a better seat for mine, then it'll be an even better tour machine.
A mascot or other item to physically move around sounds interesting. Maybe we could throw an explanation tag on it incase someone not in the game finds it and wants to wander off with it. What were y'all thinking of for a mascot?