Left hip was replaced on 31 Dec 07. I've been working on bikes (2 stroke top ends, etc) to keep my sanity. Today was my first ride on the XR650R. It is set up for street now, with Avon Gripster tires. Throwing a leg over the bike and kicking it is no problem. However, I did feel a little rusty, so I chose a back road with some 25-35 mph posted twisties and enjoyed leaning the bike over. Nothing crazy just feeling the road. Then I practiced quick stops from 60mph. I would select a marker that I wanted to stop beside, ride toward it until I felt challenged and then brake hard without locking the brakes. The oversized front rotor is nice. Slightly overshot my target the first time. After that I was on target and I kept on doing this until I was completely comfortable with hard braking. I wanted to jump on the CR250R and hit some dirt but it is under repair. My son, Nate, crashed and the 250 needs a new exhaust can and plastics ($$$$). Nate is healing quickly (3rd degree shoulder sprain). It is good to be riding again.