I had a DR BIG from 1988 to get my permit, loved biking, sat on a 990 once, so I bought the 990R ..
I just wanted the best from the beginning, this bike will stay with me for a long time so some "lifemarks" ain't a problem.
I dropped it already 6 times in the dirt..and picked it up.. no worries..
so, just go for it! ( but just don't stop using your brain when you're on it :) )