Can anyone give me their experience with the Honda XR350? At a ride event last weekend, I came across a guy who has a 1985 Honda XR350 (single carb model) that is in virtually mint condition. He was asking 1000.00 I was planning on saving for a used XR600, but this bike is pretty darn nice, and is less than half the price I was going to save for the XR600 with. Its already registered/plated for the street, and the title doesn't say "for off road use only". I have a KTM 300 EXC that I will keep for single track bashing, but I wanted to pick up a nice 4-stroke bike to take the wife on fireroad/two track exploring, as well as some dual sport work in northern Michigan. I took her for a ride once on the KTM, but the smoke was killing her, and it just didn't want to be ridden at a constant speed. The longest road work I plan on riding one way would be 35-40 miles (this would be by myelf - one rider), and from what I have read this is where the XR600 is supposed to be great, for the occasional road work. I want a Honda XR because I want to keep it simple and don't want to work on the thing, and like what I have read about reliability, as well as part availability (cost of ownership seems to be low). I don';t want liquid cooling - again, I want simplicity and ease of ownership - I just don't have the time to work on them. My KTM already keeps me busy enough. Questions: 1). I know some of the technology is dated on this bike (has damper rod forks, no rear disc), but for what I am going to use it for , will this matter? I don't think it will. I will not be pushing this bike hard off road - that is why I am keeping my KTM for that stuff. However, the bike has a 6-speed trans, and I'm thinking this will be nice at speed to keep the rpms down. 2). Will this thing be strong enough for two-up riding? Again, I will not be running it on any interstates, but on some of the seasonal / fire roads, there are spots where the sand piles up slightly (3 inches or so), and I'm thinking the XR600 would just tractor right through it with two people. But what about the 350? Would it get loaded down, or can this motor handle it ? 3). As I mentioned, I was initially thinking of looking for a 1991-1995 XR600, as it has the rear disc and cartridge forks. Can anyone tell me why the cartridge forks are better than damper rod? I understand there are "cartidge emulators, made by gold….something, that are sujpposed to make damper rod forks work better? The reason I'm asking / figuring out the pros'cons is, due to the economy, I may not be able to get the XR600 I want this year (I figured I'd need at least 2400.00, and with the wife, child, and priorities, this may be tough this year, as I'm not getting any overtime), this XR350 is 1000.00, I could keep it for year or so, sell it when the economy picks up and maybe even make a few $$$ on it (another web site I went to said this is a sought after dual sport bike), and get the XR600 I really want (No, I don't want the 650R, as its water cooled - I am a techie, but again, I want simplicity) 4). Lastly, does anyone know the horsepower figure and estimated top speed with the bike, assuming one rider? 5). Or , should I pass on the thing, keep saving my money, and just buy the 600, maybe when the bike market drops in late fall / winter? Sorry this is so long winded, but I wanted to cover all bases. Thanks and appreciate any and all input. Happy trails! !!