It could be top heavy im not sure. I would think a honda Africa twin would be alot heavier but wouldn’t know. I know my klr seems to handle gravel better than vstrom 650.I've only had my KLR a short time. I love riding it on pavement but not so much on dirt. My main gripe is that the KLR is so top heavy. This is my first Kawasaki product and honestly it seems poorly designed and engineered compared to what I'm used to which have been mainly Honda products. The "agricultural" aspect of the thing does have a perverse appeal though and there's no denying that it works pretty well.
My program is usually to wait till I've spent a ton of money and energy tinkering with mods and questionable upgrades then sell at a major loss just to start the same process over again on some other machine.
Next bike? Something different, probably a new Royal Enfield 650 Interceptor. I'd probably keep the KLR and sell my SV 650 to make room for an Enfield.