I do have one picture I'll try to dig up later of her sitting next to some adventure bikes on the ferry, I'll try to post that tomorrow when the time is able.
Since then, I have taken her for a second ride with the above mentioned friend with the KL650. This ride was quite different than the first, it began and ended with about 30kms of pavement, but in the middle was about 110kms of gravel. This was my first real ride on gravel with anything other than a 100cc bike over a decade ago so I was curious to see how this bike would handle with a novice at the helm. Considering it ranged from higher speed packed gravel, to loose rolling pebbles in reverse banked corners, treacherous washboard, and dust it seemed to do fairly well. A couple things I feel need for improvement, as expected fuel range (as my jerrycan kept on trying to go for a ride) and acceleration a bit of a hindrance. I did however run into some noticeable issues when it came to flying over roads deactivated with big trenches. I did bottom out the front end a couple times and unfortunately found it tricky or near impossible to jump them especially on the uphill without much in the way of acceleration. I did find out how quickly I can stretch the chain while bouncing around potholes as it did fall off mid corner which resulted in me driving much more carefully on the ride home.
I did order a blaster shock for cheap and will have to see how that goes. I intend to hunt around for a stiffer spring for it and I'm pondering the progressive springs mentioned in a few posts here on the forum. I am hoping to keep reading through the posts regarding front forks until I find something that will require little to nothing in machining and give me more height and travel, but that'll be for another night.
The bike is now covered in dust and the chain tightened and looks like she has a story to tell.