Holy mackerel, that's one clean looking ride you got there Dave - you could eat your breakfast off that engine casing!
Thanks a lot for the reply, I really appreciate it. New to this forum, and definitely new to the world of KLR's. Not entirely new to working on bikes but still pretty green. I'll get in touch with my local dealer like you recommended and get the fork seals from them, good call.
Once I start tearing down the bike (at least in so far as to figure out exactly what needs fixing) I'll look into the brake upgrade you mentioned. The front has some bite but the rear has nothing - whether this is fluid, pad, piston or a combination of all three I don't know yet. I'm waiting for the guy I bought the bike off to deliver it on Friday (right now it's plated for off-road use only and so I can't ride it down here - even if the brakes did work!), and then I can start digging in.
Already have the Clymers on its way from Amazon, and will give Kawasaki a call now to get those seals. Thanks again Dave, appreciate the reply. No pic of my KLR yet, and apparently too new to the forum to post links yet but as soon as I can I'll share a few of my '81 Honda CB750. She's a beauty!