I am very strongly considering the purchase of an 01 XR650R and have a ton of questions. I've used the search function of course and gotten some of my answers already but... Here I am asking! I have ridden 2 strokes the majority of my life, but I do have a yz426f too and love both 2 and 4 strokes all for different reasons. I generally enjoy riding BIG bikes, mostly big bore 2 strokes. I must clarify right now that I have never even SAT on an R, but I have put a couple hours in on an L and loved it. Any R I am considering will be or will end up dual sported but I assume to spend about 20% of my seat time on pavement. First thing I am wondering how reliable these water cooled 650s are. Can't seem to find anything too bad here on the forum, aside from the initial uncorking and jetting issues which is not really an obstacle to me. I am also wondering what the trans gear set is like on the street, say in comparison to the L? The L's gears kinda sucked IMO on tight trails but were great on the street. I am assuming the 650R will be ok on the road but much better on trails and fire roads? I am also wondering if anything had changed beside BNG over the 650R's life span? Just wondering if there are beneficial updates that would make me want a newer example than an 01 model. If someone has a link to a timeline or list of model year changes would be awesome! I am also curious about how the R handles in tight singletrack type riding. That is what I do primarily, with plenty of fire roads thrown in though and I know singletrack is not at all the area the 650R shines, but just curious how it would ride in that situation vs. say my yz426f or the 650L I have ridden. Riding the L in the woods, it was very noticeably heavier than my 426 but still quite manageable. I am under the assumption the R will be better in all areas, offroad vs. the L. Also would like to hear anything else anyone wants to add for a prospective 650R owner. I have always planned to convert the 426 into a dual sport, but am starting to think the XR650R might be a better option for me, though not quite as nimble as my 426 is. Thanks guys!