Hi there. This is my first post in this forum do to the fact that I never had a reason to...anyways now I do I want all of your opinion if you dont mind and a little of your knowledge...Im looking to get either a wr426 or 450. I have some ?'s but first a little background Im 16 yrs old and have only been riding for about 2 yrs. My first dirtbike ever is my 1997 dr350se that I still have now. I've learned how to ride on this bike from mud to rocks and even some jumps now and again. But now Im to the point that the power is boring and the suspension is not able to handle the speed that Ive gained from experience. It doesnt inspire too much confidence in my anymore because I'm afraid that the suspension cant handle it or will not do what I expect it to. I mean I can ride it hard and keep up with my one buddy on his crf450 on the trails but I take a real beating. THe bike is a tractor...thats the best way to describe it. Its taken me anywhere I had the balls to go but is just a freaking lead weight. Anyways I feel that its time for me to upgrade. At first I wanted a drz400 and Ive road one since and wus impressed by the power but I figured after a few months Id want more power and better suspension so I just figured get the goood stuff first time around and Ill be all set After I road that drz I took my buddies crf450 for a run and I was hooked on the big bores. My bikes lucky to come up in 3rd...crf comes up in 5th no clutch Anyways I want your opinions....is this feesable for me to do?? Do you feel I would be better off going that route then doing the drz? To answer one of your ?'s yes I have self control and know when and when not to get on the throttle. Just a few other ?'s...I like the idea of a dual sport but not an actual road goer, just legal enough to ride from trail to trail and not get at..is it possible on a wr426 without spending 400+ on a kit? Also what is the reliablility factor on one of these bikes? How much would I be looking to pay for an 01 or 02? If you dont mind the same ?'s apply to the 450 please. This is coming out of my own wallet and I have enough but I just want to have your opinions. Thanks for listening and sry for the long post.