Oh man! I haven't read up on the thread a few days and this was NOT a welcome read. You have the best attitude anyone could expect by far. Lord knows I'd be likely to start slapping every punk I saw but, I'm Irish and have the temper to go with it. That would be unproductive to say the least.
That being said, I'm all in on the XT660. I'm looking to get one imported myself so I can be cool like RTWPaul. lol Get that Yammi, brother. I bled blue long before I bled orange. It's an amazing machine and if the Dakar girl's bike isn't available, I'm sure there are hundreds available on the Green Isle.
I'm not a fortune teller or anything but, I have a funny feeling you're going to end up with your Katoom soon.
The DR650 SE is as majestic as a bald eagle getting a hand job from Lady Liberty Herself.