Originally Posted by sanjoh
I'm currently on a multiweek trip, just rode the Cherohala and Dragon. Damn close to sportbike performance (sans luggage) with the Shinko 700s.
I think I saw your bike at the little cafe just outside Iron Horse Lodge last weekend. It would have been Friday, Sept 10th. I saw the Ninja 650 dirt biking thing and turned around to go take some pics. I was on an orange Vstrom 650 loaded down. I was going to come in and talk to you, but my wife and father were waiting on me down the road. (Unfortunately, I didn't realize till I got home, but my camera had started way over exposing all my pics. (LCD broken) So I didn't get any pics worth sharing and can't tell if its your bike or not, but looked like it.
I'm really thinking I want to do one of these. My wife had owned an 08 Ninja 650R that we had bought salvaged and fixed it up for her that was her touring bike before her current F650GS. That was a great bike. We ended up selling it though, but it would have been a great platform. I've also owned a few 1st gen SV650's. I can't decide which bike would make the better platform to start with. The Ninja 650R is FI, but I could go with a 2nd gen SV, but I think the 650R's are cheaper to pick up.
My hesitation with the 650R is the under bike exhaust (but you found a pretty good solution), and the weird rear shock. The SV650 (like the DL650 has the front oil filter out there, but bash plates are pretty easy to find for it.