Just bought myself a brand new XT660R, and love it! Great all round bike compared to what I have had before. Rode it home on a wet, miserable, foggy winter night on motorway the whole way - about as bad as it gets in my opinion. The bike was great. Comfortable, not much vibe, and the light was actually better than any of my previous 'road' bikes. The next day I took it down some gentle dirt roads to get a feel for it, and again very pleased. For quite a heavy bike, it was actually a lot easier than I expected in the soft. The low down power is very good, and it has a very good natural riding position. I have a few bits to order before I do anything more serious, such as a engine guard and some new bars, but I have to say I am really pleased with this as a good adventure/dual sport bike. Hopefully the weather will allow a better ride on the weekend and I will post some pics.
Maybe time to kick-start this thread again, and see some more XT pics of all types.