Hello, I currently have an CBR1100XX and a XR650R. I have been searching for a clean CR500. My goal was to plate it, making a motard and do some desert trail riding. What I have been finding is either clapped out CR500s for modest money or clean very high dollar CRs. I just find it hard to spend $4000 on a used 2001 CR500. Now considering Honda dropped the XR650R for 2008, I can pick up a new XR650R with warranty for $4500. I'm envisioning people searching for clean XR650R in a few years. I would just pickle the extra XRR for a later date. The CRF450s don't hold up as long as the XR650R. Then I would pick up a used Service Honda and hopefully, at a later date, plate it for the street. Does the steel frame CR500 have any advantages over a Service Honda? So, I was just looking for advise or thinking out loud or both.