Just got back form a ride with my buddy in Carson City. This was the first real ride on the XR650. At first I rode the DRZ that was set up with the desert tank, skid plats....etc. Later that day I did a short 25 mile loop just to see what I had. The next day (Sunday) I hooked up with my buddy and his friend who lives in Carson. He took us on a really nice 50 mile loop in the pine area. It was mostly single track mixed in with two track in an out of small pine trees, up and down hills filled with rocks and sand. I got to admit the XR was in the grove. It was very stable in the rocks and the power was there all the time. I almost never shifted. I could here my buddies DRZ shifting up and down where I was steady at half throtle. This place was a good combo of desert and woods. I had a great time and plan to go back soon. I camped at Washoe lake and the area I rode in was about 10 dirt miles or 20 street miles from camp. The XR650 has proven it self to me now and look foward to more desert rides. Now if it just had an electric start.