So I've been lurking and sleuthing on this forum for days and I believe it's time for my first post. I am currently searching for a 450 EXC...Preferably used but entertaining new. I haven't ridden off-road road for a few years but, used to race moto-x and woods ride and have been riding street bikes. I recently moved to an area that is abundant with trails but, they don't always cleanly connect in the woods. For this reason, I will not settle for anything less than dual sport plated bike. I've been researching and test riding 450 EXC's and also Suzuki DR-Z400S's. The DR-Z is in the mix because it can be had for much less (used or new), may be more reliable, and I don't hear any issues from people who street ride them. The 450 EXC is in the mix because hands down it's the best street legal off-road bike in existence (in my opinion). Any that I've test ridden have blown me away. On the flip side, my major concerns are: #1 - I would like to be able to ride the dual sport up to maybe 60 miles on pavement...on occasion. Will the KTM survive mechanically? I'm not worried about increased oil changes or whether my arss will hurt or not, I'm talking about major mechanical stuff (i.e. wheel bearings, output shaft bearing, etc.). #2 - Parts availability. I previously owned a 2000 KTM 125 SX and was constantly frustrated waiting for the simplest of parts to be in the dealer's hands. I've been told the situation is much better but, how good is it? I hate waiting for parts, during riding season. All that being said, I think I'm leaning towards a KTM and have been looking at used bikes. I've looked at two used bikes, one was a 2003 and the other a 2004. The 2003 was mint with low miles and seemed like a steal at $3,500 but...no title. He never received a title or certificate of origin from the original owner. So unfortunately I can't compromise on that detail because I want no hassles with DMV when I go to register. The 2004 was mechanical all there and the asking price is $3,000. I actually went on a very good trail ride on the bike with the owner and was super impressed. The downside is that it has 6,000 miles (although the owner sounds like he meticulously maintained it) and the vast majority of the mileage was off-road...cosmetically evident. On the plus side, it's already registered in my state, so that shouldn’t be an issue. On the negative side, in addition the mileage, to make the bike look totally fresh again, it needs a new header pipe (substantially dented), chain and sprockets, plastics, and a DOT lighting kit (turn signals, horn, etc...This is just for my own piece of mind that I won't get pulled over often without it). Here is the ad text...describes the bike pretty well: "2004 Ktm EXC 450, CT title, suspension set up for woods, radiator guards, bark busters, shark fin, factory computer, 2007 plastics, jet kit, power now, new tires, new seat cover, wheel bearings, new battery, new clutch, new pads and rotors, just serviced, always maintained, comes with extra parts, needs nothing, only you." I've also been to the local dealer several times to window shop new. I would prefer used, as I'm trying to be frugal with this deal...allows more money for modifications. I could afford new but, would pretty much mean no moola for upgrades (i.e. things like a skid plate, bark busters, radiator guards, flush mount rear turn signals, jdjet, suspension, coolant overflow bottle and/or radiator fan...this would be the base list of mods, some I could live without for a while but, others are a must at the start. Cutting to the chase, the dealer has a left over 2009 450 EXC in stock and said they could get me out the door for $9,000 and I also worked rejetting into the deal at no cost...and am also working to see if they will cover the first service labor costs. They don't seem too interested in moving on the price because it's technically the same as an '11...don't get their logic though because it's still sat on the show room floor for a consider period of time. So without rehashing all the details, what would you do? Used vs. New...and why? Sorry for the long post...hopefully it's not confusing. Thanks in advance!