I remember 1985 like it was yesterday...man was that fun. There I was on my shiny XR500 hitting a sweet jump in 3rd gear and trying to table top the old pig. fast forward to today... I now am 41 and ride a pretty tricked out L model 650...and it will take me absolutely anywhere I decide to ride and then some. But heres where I get confused.... My bike is totally based on technology from decades of XR500-XR600 (R!!!) models. I mean in many ways the damn bikes are the same...No? So the guys who really feel the need to go 120mph in the desert or whatever...lol... somehow become "threatened" by the more relaxed and mellowed "L" owners. I mean I really dont get the hostility eather way. If it wasnt for so called "L" bikes and years of input regarding them, their "R" cousin would never have been built. Theres a lot of bikes that could spank an R silly for what its designed. Ahem...KTM, Husky etc... But the L is and always has been the most versatile DS when set up right, ever made. Theres a few exotics, but seriously, a Kaw, Suzuki, Yamaha...NOPE! so in retrospect... Cant we all just get along... Mmmmmmkay *ps* I am not putting down an R, I wouldnt mind messing around on one for a day. But I have no desire to own one. Everybody buys the bike that is best for them. And the guys who run smack all day would be better served putting that time into learning how to be a better rider, and perhaps better friend. The world has one WRFfanboy...lest we need another ???