I'm about to buy a dual sport, I've had Honda's in the past, my favorite toy was a modified XL500 (back in the dual shock days) my last was a XR650R & it was fun but taller than I want & no e-start. I've read everything I can find hear & ADV. To me the two are almost a dead tie with pluses & minuses on both sides. Either bike would need a tank, seat, exhaust, a flatslide carb, new handlebars etc. The DR would need suspension work right away, the Honda would need some too, but not as urgently. I'll be riding an hour each eway to get to a decent trail. I weigh 230 with a 32" inseam & have been riding most of my life, I like to slide, wheelie & technical trails, but my days of trying to jump over a house or break the sound barrier are long gone. I am a tinkerer, I don't mind doing the work to make one right.