Hi all, I've been wanting a new DS bike for more years than I'd like to admit. I've been lurking here and on other sites searching for THE bike. I think I've all but settled on an L. My only real concern is of power. I just don't want to be let down by the L(after all the usual mod's of course). I would like to know how the uncorked L would compare to two somewhat similar bikes I have ridden. First is a old customer/friends heavily modded late nineties plated XR600. I didn't get to ride it all that much but it was not too shabby. I could live with that. The other was a friends brother's early 80's XR500. That thing kicked ass! I don't know what if any mods had been done to it, but that thing had incredible low end torque. I could very slowly ease up on a jump, blip the throttle a bit and it would launch me. I know it's a smaller motor and the 600 should have been much more impressive but it wasn't. Was there something special about those XR500,s? I dunno, but if I can get that type of power out of an L, SOLD! Little about me. I'm about 6'4"ish 230ish. I'm not looking to cruise down the highway at 100 or take on triples or anything. I just want decent power. I really don't want to hassle with plating an R but will be moving to a state where it is fairly easy. In a nutshell, I like the simplicity of the L but and would like to go that direction but just don't want to be disappointed 6mos down the road. You'd be my Hero for a week if you could shed some insight on how these bikes compare to a uncorked L and give me an idea as to what I can expect. Sorry for the long post and thanks much for all the info you have already given me without knowing it. Take care oh yeah, also in consideration is a DR650 but I wan't more dirt than street and the XRL seems to fit me better.