I bought a new DL1000 because I wanted to try the dual sport thing but quickly found out it is way too heavy for anything unpaved, let alone off-road. So I sold it and picked up a used 2001 DR650 and started exploring the gravel roads all around central Iowa. I am loving it!! Two of my friends have KTM950's and we go riding gravel every Sunday we can. While both of them are experienced dirt riders, I find my DR has a big weight advantage and I can keep up with them everywhere but on the long straights. The V-Strom was SO wrong for me and the DR is SO right! I didn't have any experience with unpaved stuff, but now I can cruise along at 60mph on all the gravel and have even learned how to control things through curves. The best thing about my DR is coming out of a curve and nailing the throttle! The big single has a great sound and it is really cool feeling the tire slip a bit under acceleration! My history with bikes has always been large displacement touring bikes but Iowa is full of straight, boring paved roads and I was looking for something to make motorcycling exciting for me again. Now I am riding quiet country roads with lots of hills and plenty of curves, especially when following a river. I can ride as fast as I want without worrying about speedtraps and the thrills are coming at 60mph instead of triple digits. I feel that I'm at a lot less risk than I was while pushing my FJR1300 in the curves, and I'll still be able to attend a couple of my favorite camping rallies in the summer by throwing my gear on my add-on rack. Today we rode in 36F temps and had a blast! We found some new roads to ride and, although I was a bit reluctant to ride on such a cold day, there was a smile on my face and I was able to turn on my electric jacket just enough to take the chill off. (How about another 50-60 watts, Suzuki?) I also have plans to truck down to Arkansas in February and ride some gravel down there. That's going to be awesome! I feel sorry for guys who store their bikes all winter and overlook the occasional mild day that is great for riding, I just can't bring myself to put my bike away that long! Getting another road bike is still on my list but while I always had a nice road bike and kind of wanted a dual sport, now I have a nice dual sport and kind of want another road bike. When I get one, I have a feeling it will be the one parked in the back of the garage so my DR is handy for those quick gravel rides or even a short trip to the grocery store.