Need an adventure bike but not much budgeted this year (saving for a house, there goes the Husky TE610 I really want ). For my $1800-$2400 budget that pretty much rules out the XR650R and DRZ and older KTM 640 enduros. I want something more dirt worthy than the KLR/DR650 which are within that bargain basement budget. After much research I think a street legal XR600R would be the ticket. The older "L's" seem like overweight pigs, not any better than the other dual sports. Plenty of XR600R's in that price range though, and most posts I've seen by prior owners end with "I wish I still had it!".. After more search, I find some of the earlier ones had issues with premature 3rd gear wear, and some of the later ones were a little bit lighter and at some point ditched the rear drum brake for a disc. So, which years did the 3 rd gear issue get "fixed" if any and when did the disc rear brake commence? Any other changes that were desirable for any models? Other pearls of widom regarding the purchase of a used XR600? Thanks for any advice!