I just purchased a new 650r. It is a brand new 2003. I am coming off of a CR500 that I love. I bought this bike because I think it is a awesome desert bike. My kids are riding with me now and it is slow going lots of the time. The CR500 is not very child friendly (too much stop and go and idling). I live in So. Ca. and ride in the high desert. I go to a lot of district 37 races and the 650 seems to be the choice for many. I wanted a bike that will cruise with my kids and move out when I want to. I read about the mods to uncork it and I will put on a XR's only slip on exaust, unless you guys recommend something else. What do I do with the footpeg problem I keep hearing about? I can't wait for the weekend to try it.