New to posting on TT, but I've been lurking on here for a bit. Looking to buy a new DS bike and have narrowed it down to the 2013 Yamaha XT250 vs 2013 Honda CRF250L. They're both considered "starter" bikes, which is fine by me b/c I wasn't that good a rider even when I was good, and it's been a looooong time since I've ridden. Both are lightweight & have fuel injection (the comparison link incorrectly lists the honda as carbureted). Moreover, they're a nice step up from my last bike (a Honda NX125 enduro that I sold 18 years ago). And for the record, my 1st bike was a Yamaha YZ80, so I'm a fan of both brands. Here's what I like about the Yamaha over the Honda: -already has low seat height (32 in), so unlike the Honda (35 in) it wouldn't have to be dropped at all for all 5'7" of me (and shrinking) to get on it -better range: 76mpg vs 68 for the honda AND it has a bigger gas tank (2.6gal vs 2.0gal for honda) -manufactured in Japan vs manufactured in Thailand for the Honda -lighter (291pounds vs 320 for honda), so it's more nimble -better turning radius Here's what I like about the Honda over the Yamaha: -inverted forks/better suspension -more modern engine (new DOHC) vs Yamaha's SOHC which has been around for eons. -liquid cooled vs air cooled for Yamaha -- this is important i think in L.A. stop&go traffic -6speed vs 5 speed on Yamaha -$700 cheaper MSRP vs Yamaha (though if i have to spend $ on lowering the bike, this difference becomes less pronounced). It bothers me that neither one has a kickstarter, but that seems to be missing on almost all new dualsports. What do you think? Am I focusing on the wrong things? What am I overlooking? Keep in mind that this will be a bike that I ride only a few times per year, so I like the fact that both bikes are F.I. instead of carbuerated. This also rules out many used bikes, because most pre-2013 models tend to be carbuerated. This bike will be mainly kept for emergencies, and on the rare occasion I get to sneak a trail ride somewhere. Thanks in advance for your expertise.