after lots of research and many hours of talking to folks. i have made the jump. i went from dirt to the dual sport. i just picked up a 2000 xr650l for $1000. its in perfect running order. i feel that was a great deal. only has 45000 miles on it. i don't think the kid knew what it was worth. its bone stock but who cares... it wont be for too long!!! anyways you will see me on here more now as im really new to this... i am going to ask the newb question.... what is the best mod to do first? im thinking daves mod and a pipe. this will be ridden on the street everyday and the trails as well. im not planning on making this my "street bike" its just really a good way to get to work just 2 miles away. enjoy som pix of my baby girl.