Yeah, that's right. Rig up a good belly pan. I'd use slightly more aggressive, off road biased tires for the trips you mentioned however. When you're waaaaaayy out there, and you hit some snow, mud, whatever, it'd be nice to have beefier meats to claw your way out with, especially with a heavy, street bike like that.
The new KTM 950 Enduro (whatever it's called) is VERY kick ass and would be perfect, tires and everything. You may need to pack a gas can or get a larger fuel tank though. Anybody got the link to that KICK ASS new KTM 950 Enduro???