i'm partial to the "build my own" way of doing things. that being said, a retro fit can look and work great if done well. and most likely (definitely) the retro option will get you back out riding quicker.
yeah, for the FT i was thinking about just making my own brackets and stuff and welding some mounting points and just using the stock pegs. for the cb650 i need a bolt on move because i am not the only owner and since the bike is cherry, i dont want to do irreverssible mods.