thanks guys u've given me heaps of good advice...the comment that it wasnt a girls bike was followed by....im just dont want u to get hurt honey. what a crock of S**t hey? so now im thinking i might just go and get myself one! ive moved out to the desert so i dont know how it will handle all the sandhills and rocks, im 5'5" and 118 lbs so im a little on the smaller side . I can get a really good deal on this kxf250 and i really want it but not if it cant handle the area cos ill be riding it on some kickass big sandhills.