Here we go again, another thread on what could be the better big bore. I'm 49 and got back into riding a year ago after a 20 year leave. I bought a 96' xr650l because I wasn't sure about what the current state of affairs were then in regards to current technology. I figured I would ride it for a while and then see what would suite me the best. This is where I’m at, I love the xr650l, it’s an amazing bike, although, I’ve found that I have one problem while riding it. It’ll do anything I ask it to do but when it comes to going up steep hills with turns and possible rocky or sandy conditions, the bike is scary because of it’s somewhat limited turning abilities. What I’ve done so far is I’ve raised the forks 13 mm and I’ve geared it down to 13/48 on the sprockets and things still feel scary in this situation. In regards to my riding skills they're still on the week side, I'm only getting out maybe once a month so they'll be slow in coming.... In regards to dual sporting, I liked the idea of having that capability when I bought the bike but everybody I'm riding with only wants to do dirt and desert riding... Which is Ok I guess, licensing and insuring the bike seems to be an extra expense I'm not taking advantage of... Even though I love the bike and I’m ready to trick it out, I love my family more and I want to come back to them in one piece. So here’s my question, is there something I can do to this bike to get to where I feel comfortable handling the type of situations that I’ve described? Or, the other option I’ve been thinking about doing is selling it and buying a wr450f, please feel free to post your thoughts about what I should do.