I was not looking for a replacment for my dirt bike ,when I did this 07 wr450ds . I was looking for a bike that I could go out and ride anytime with no loading or hauling and not be riding a lazy fat brick . not to say all factory dual sports are slugs just that every one I ever had was an bad in the dirt and on the road . I don't take my wr 450 on a all out dirt trip . my cr500 is for that task . And I don't take my wr on the highways ether . but it is a blast to buzz down the back roads to the state game lands for a quick 50 -60 mile outing daily. all riding and no hauling is a great thing .