also, the bike is very light compared to a street bike...or even a DRZ. as a result, it gets blown around by the wind. it is also a bit buzzy.
finally, it does have shorter maitenance invtervals than a DRZ. riding on the street, you tend to rack up miles, so you end up doing maintenance (oil changes, valve checks, etc.) more often.
how much any of that matters is purely personal preference, though.
then go with the KTM 450 exc, imho. it is night and day better than the DRZ off road.
many people actually think the 2005-2007s are better. they changed the engine in 2007. the old (RFS) engine was known to be very reliable. some people think the newer engines are not as reliable.
i don't really know.
just make sure it is street legal. the EXCs did not used to be street legal from the dealer. i'm not sure exactly what year that changed (i think maybe 2006, but not sure).
Thanks man! Really appreciate the input and time.
Where in PA are you? Know of any good off-road spots not too far from BMore?
I grew up in southern York Co.