Hello, I'm new to the forum but not new to dirt bikes.
I'm wanting to get back into riding, and have been looking at dual sports. I live in Nebraska, and Nebraska has very little public land. Most of the public places to ride are about 3 to 4 hours away from my home. But Nebraska has a lot of gravel and minimum maintenance roads. I live in a city of 50,000 and I could be on a gravel road within 2 miles of my house and could drive gravel or dirt for 100's of miles. To drive on these roads the motorcycle must be licensed.
My history. I'm 47, 6'2" 250lb. Bikes I've had over the years. Mini-bike, YZ80, YZ 490 (age 25-26) CR 500 (26-27) CR 500 (27-33) CR 250 (38-42)
When I had the YZ 490, and the CR 500's I lived in New Mexico and had numerous places to ride. My favorite thing to ride was in the National Forrest.
What I'm thinking is 50% of my riding now would be gravel and minimum maintenance (dirt) roads around my home, and 30% national forest that is 3 to 7 hours away. (weekend trips), and 20% motorcross tracks with my kids. I would also ride with my kids on the National Forrest Trips.
I've narrowed it down to 3 bikes.....unless you guys change my mind. All used.
KTM 500/530exc, or KTM 450exc, or XR650L
What do you guys think?