For over 3 years I have been riding my 650L to work and back, and on the weekends going to my local off-road park to try to kill myself. That's what I thought "dual sport" meant... commuting and off-roading. This weekend I rode it 16 miles each way to Brown Mountain ORV park - two lane highway all the way. Once I arrived at the park, I spent a couple of hours dodging trees and rocks, slipping in mud and on loose sand, hitting jumps, crossing streams, and trying not to drive off the side of the mountain. Then I rode it back home. So, that's what I always thought a dual sport was for: A means of commuting and off-road playing. Well, Monday was hot. 95 degrees hot with equal humidity. My kids were in school (make-up days) and my wife was shopping. I had to do something. I hopped on my bike and headed to the cooler temps of the Blue Ridge Parkway. It was going to be just a short ride to cool off but I ended up cruising for about 75 miles. I hadn't done that since I sold my last Harley. I had my iPod blasting my favorite motorcycle tunes and just cruised. I never really thought of my bike as a "cruiser", but now I have three options: commuting, off-roading, and cruising. It just doesn't get any better than that.