Re: 919 or SV650
As Holeshot mentioned in my thread, perhaps a SV1000?
If it is between a 919 and a SV, I'd get the SV, much cheaper all the way around, and damn easy to work on. A friend in Seattle has one, let me ride it for the day last year, and it has enough power to commute on, comfortable, and the damn thing will handle with a shock and revalved forks. You can find one with all the goodies already on it for $4-5k.
I'm in the same boat, want a commuter, but nothing is grabbing me. If the new 1000RR has the same seating position as the 600RR, I might hold out for mods or for something else to come out.