Yes, I am new. As this is my first post, I feel obliged to write something that screams "novice motorcyclist" in the most obnoxious of ways. Here it goes... I like the idea of a supermoto or dual sport bike, because it seems to cater to my background in downhill mountain biking, but also is road worthy enough to get me to work and around town. As I am not TOTALLY new to being on a motorcycle, the 650XR's look like a good bet. Now for the lame questions. 1.) 650R or 650L? I have ridden (and have the option of buying) a 650L, but it seems most supermoto conversions seem to be on the R model. I assume it performs better, but could someone explain in better deatil? I know the L comes street legal. Maybe make a suggestion? 2.) Chances are that I will buy a bike without supermoto bits on it. Any recommendations on sites or brands to look for wheels, brakes, and the other goodies needed? Please keep in mind that I am in college and have a very limited supply of cash. 3.) Is there anything else I should know? For the record, I am 20 years old, live in CT, and go to school at UConn. Thanks for the help!