Last weekend I took my 23 year old nephew trail riding. He is an experienced road rider who has never experienced the joys of of a loose bike. Well anyways, one can't really count on the weather so, of course, it rained prior to the actual ride days. The Uwharrie OHV area in NC is a known for its red death mud. The rain was not too bad, however there were some very slick spots. I actually was rejected 3 times on one hill! A YZ 250 is not the best trail bike for slick conditions. My nephew had a blast and more than once stated that My DRZ 400 gave as well as it took punishment. He said that he had never slept so well on rocks..... in a tent. Additionally he mentioned that navigating steep hills and controlling the bike was far more difficult than it appears in video games. The long and the short is that this 47 year old uncle had a blast. Hopefully I have made another trail rider. The cost of the slightly leaking stator cove is little in comparison. On that note, the aluminum covers do work. They saved the weekend because the leak was minimized and the show went on!