I ride my R to work (20 mi. each way) , then take it to Tillamook Forest to ride. It's delightful. It starts on the 2nd kick almost every time - First kick when I'm stuck in an intersection with a red light! I haven't been on an L; my guess is it would be nice on the road and on fire roads. The R is heavy enough as it is on the tight trails I ride. Either one has to be lots of fun though!