After compromising with my girlfriend(read: getting yelled at), I've decided to get a dirt bike or two rather than a street bike. I've ridden dirt bikes before, but not since I was about 13 (14 years ago). I don't know anything about bikes/brands. IE - SV650 is a good 'grow-into starter bike' in the street world. Can anyone give me some tips on how to get informed enough to make a decent decision on which bike or category to start out with? I am still a competent rider on flat surfaces, so I'd like something that I wont grow out of in three months. I should also note that I wouldn't mind have the option of it being street legal, or being made into street legal without too much pain(swapping tires, adding lights etc). I don't plan on using it to commute or anything, but you never know. Starting out with something that isn't street legal is fine if I can mod it to be so. Legal off the bat isn't a requirement. LOCATION Right now I live in Las Vegas, which has a lot of riding to offer. However I am military and wont be here much longer. I'm not sure where I'll end up. For that reason I'm looking for a "do-it-all" kinda bike. I may end up somewhere where the only options are commercial tracks/parks. I do know I'll be in the Norfolk area for at least half of 2014. MECHANICAL SKILL I'm pretty mechanically inclined but have not really ever needed to learn or dig deep into a problem or machine. If that makes sense. Wouldn't mind being forced to really learn bikes, just another part of the hobby I guess. BODY I'm 5'10 and 190. Pretty strong and decent runner. BUDGET Open ended, but would obviously want the value to be there if I spend more. Any tips?