I don't understand why this topic always brings out the best in people.
The R weighs a bit less and has a lot more power. If anyone feels they need the happy button it can be added.
Except for air time the L will do anything a dirtbike can do, and a fair bit of it will be easy because of the mellow power and mucho torque, but it'll do it slower than most other bikes/folks (us +200 pounders can bend the L to our will pretty good, though).
Anyone that's honest with themselves about the riding they want to do will pick the right one.
They're both low-maint and pretty bulletproof.
Thanks Dave you summed it up perfectly....