Well here it is January, 2011 and your humble author brunstei (aka Captain Highlighter when in his high-vis riding armour) finds himself temporarily transplanted from Vancouver to the far off exotic deep-south locale of Huntsville, Alabama. The back story behind this isnt overly exciting and has nothing to do with riding, but for the truly curious can be found in more detail <a href=http://members.shaw.ca/john.brunstein> here</a>; suffice it to say I left behind my house, cats, bikes, and girlfriend (with instructions to look after house and cats and leave bikes alone) and drove for four and half days in the middle of winter to get here. Some of you may already notice a remarkable similarity of back story here to that of klaviator with his 150 through the Rocket City thread I guess Huntsville tends to bring in a lot of folks with this sort of back story. Anyhow, in order to keep himself from getting too bored on the weekends, your author has already located himself a bike for some local exploring. Huntsville it turns out is sort of in this motorcycle backwater, unless you want a cruiser there are not a lot of choices around, and despite some attempts via the Flea Market her I wasnt able to find what I really wanted. In the end, I located a Cragslist find; a 2004 SV650S with a range of Frankensteinings, including: <li> front suspension stiffened <li> rear shock exchanged for one from a Hayabusa <li> touring windscreen <li> clip-ons replaced with wide touring handlebars <li> DL650 handguards <li> mirrors extended out on great long bug-antenna stalks <li> frame sliders <li> manual override for the aux cooling fan (to force it on faster in hot weather) Id already brought down a small tank bag, and a pair of Joe Rocket soft side bags, so plop those on and I have my make-do adventure touring bike. Let the Alabamian Adventures begin! (PS - at the bottom of the back - story link above, there's a real time map with a GPS tracking feed via my Blackberry and InstaMapper; when I go for outings I'll usually switch this on. So if it's a weekend you may just look there and be able to see where I was 15 seconds ago, as long as I have a cell signal).