Hi all, I am taking motorcycle training soon and will be getting my M1. I am 6'4 and ~180lbs and that pretty much leaves me with few options as far as motorcycles go (well, the types I'm interested in anyway). I always liked the idea of owning a dual sport one day, so that's good news. Here is my situation: I am looking to spend at very most 2 grand on a used dual sport with as low miles as possible. Reliability is key, so naturally I have been leaning towards Hondas (not that other bikes are unreliable). I really like the xr650l's, and have seen a few nice ones in my price range already. I am open to suggestions too. But I have some questions naturally. 1) I intend on doing 99% street driving, including occasional 1.5hr long trips. Will this be a problem for an air cooled bike? I already know some people will say it won't be comfortable riding a dual sport for that long, but as long as the bike fits me and won't overheat I can deal with it. 2) I also understand that a 650cc bike might be a little much for a new rider, opinions? Problem here is....I really have no idea what other bikes with smaller engines I would even fit on (and whatever alternative bike must be able to go on the freeway for extended periods for commuting purposes) I have a pretty good background with cars and mechanics in general, heck I even was able to drive stick the first time I tried without stalling the car or anything. I do understand bikes are very different (and require different/more regular maintenance) and much more dangerous. I am also a very safe driver, it helps when your daily driver is a car with lots of sentimental value (1969 mustang 351w) so I won't be an idiot with my bike trying to do wheelies or burnouts in front of my friends. Does this put me 'in the clear' with a 650cc bike? Sorry for the long post, but consider it my hello to the forum!