out with a some buddies who were riding a pair of well equipped Dr650s, we took a break after a winding and near continuous 20 mile climb up the mountains on gravel, some seriously rough roads in there. the V649 was running well, i was whipped and needed a stop. over 200 miles of gravel roads before we were done.
interesting that the DR bikes banged the skidplates on the way up, while the rat didn't touch anything, plenty of ground clearance.
the V649HP passed the 20,000 mile mark on this trip, i'd say the design concept is proven.