Ahh, this thread is O so old, but I still wonder about the dual sport XR 250 'L' and whether it exists in the US or whether it's a folk tale. Check out this site for a view of the mythical street legal, electric start, favorite, thump forever beast. Hey, if any of you spot this rare one, like the Ivory Billed Woodpecker down south, let me know, I'll buy it in a Jiffy! http://www.motorcyclespecs.co.za/model/Honda/honda_xr250l%2001.htm I don't see a uk, or a nz (new zealand) associated with the web address. Unfortunately, many websites don't tag a home address on, as in physical location. Thanks for .... anything..... I too am a diehard honda fan but will consider the 'others', just want them to last and not be too high maintenance!