I have an '05 DR-Z400E that I bought when I actually went to look at a used '03 XR650R. Saw a couple things that had been done to the XR that I did not like, and I got infatuated with the Suzuki. Anyways- paid more money for the DR, and over time have been thinking I should have bought red. Things I dislike on the Suzuki- thin magnesium crap that breaks, and requires a bunch of plates and shields and stuff right off the bat; the whole auto cam chain tensioner thing; the fact that the bike goes like a bat out of hell, but hammers the crap out of me on rough ground while doing it. I am not a racer, I just like open, fast riding- all off-road or dirt trails. Not into technical trails, like to stay on the ground. Love to just crank the throttle and pick the front wheel over whatever is in front of me. Like to just hit the gas and blow through ruts and bumps rather than trying to pretend I am a technical rider. The DRZ works well, lots of snap, but rides poorly at higher speeds, and needs LOTS of add-on protection. My question is this: would I be happier with a 650R? Considering that the XR is only 15 lbs more dry weight, I wonder what advantage the DR has? In stock form, is the XR suspension better set up to handle rough stuff going fast? I weigh 215lbs. It does not sound hard to uncork the XR, but I don't want to sink money into the Suzuki if I am further ahead going up to the 650R and putting the effort into it. Anyone here have any relevant experience? Thanks- apologies for the essay.