So, it takes at least an hour and a half for me to reach any legal off-road riding areas. I'd like to build riding skills at the muscle memory level, so using the controls and moving around on and with the machine becomes instinctive and automatic, but I'm not getting seat time in. I think multiple days a week will ultimately be needed to get where I want to be, and that's never going to happen with any consistency on my YZ. I'm thinking that a good dual-sport machine would let me do some work commuting and around-town stuff on two wheels now, and as I got more comfortable, have some longer adventures cross-country that a green-sticker machine can't do. Like a Jeep, but cheaper and a lot more fun. I'm 6'4" and 250 lb, so the weight of a bigger, dirt-focused bike isn't really intimidating. I don't want to get into the touring-focused bikes with fairings and ridiculous weights. I generally want to keep away from the Euros and exotics just for simplicity, low maintenance, etc. I read enough about KTMs that sounds exactly like the issues with BMW cars that it rings true, and I just don't want to go there. I like the way Japanese machines are put together. It's crossed my mind that it would be pretty sweet if Yamaha did a reverse-less Raptor 700 motor in a big WR-like frame. Of course, that's not gonna happen. One friend has repeatedly suggested I just put knobbies on a DRZ-400 SM, since it comes with the plate and the stiffer suspension should actually work okay for me if I don't get too aggressive in the dirt. My understanding is it's almost as heavy as an XRR, and might be a little sluggish with my weight (and some basic baggage) at elevation and highway speeds. Any thoughts? The KTM 525 dual-sports are compelling due to being newer and maybe a little lighter and better handling than a BRP, but from what I've read, the engines are more like a 450 as far as maintenance. Can anyone convince me it's worth trusting one? I really like the XRR's lower maintenance requirements, as I'd like to put more miles on it. There is almost always at least one plated XRR for sale within a reasonable distance of me. I understand the street registration needs to be current to carry over to a new owner reliably. I remember reading threads last fall discussing prices for XRRs, and that they should change hands well under $3k. Seems like the CL ads start there and go up significantly. Is $3k with some extras like the BD dual-sport kit (of course, pretty much goes with the plate), big IMS tank, exhaust, etc. a decent deal right now? If it sounds like I think I want a BRP and am just asking what's currently a good price for a plated one in SoCal, that's probably about 80 percent of it.