I just finished a MSF/BRC and I'm considering a dual sport for my first bike. I'd probably be just running errands around town, doing some trail riding, and maybe an occasional camping trip. Probably not riding at freeway speeds much. Mostly light trails and putting around town, working on my non-existent motorcycle skills.
I should also mention that I'm in my 40's, have a some street riding experience in the distant past (zero dirt riding exp), 6'5" (34" inseam) and 270 pounds. Don't want to spend more than about $5K.