Well, I finally did it. It has always been a dream of mine to have a dual sport and a few days ago, I bought a well maintained 1997 BMW F650 Funduro for under $1k. The couple that sold it to me had hardly ridden it lately, and since I was riding it to maintain it for them, they cut me a sweet deal (I can't tell you how grateful I am to them)! It came with the Corbin seat, Olins shock, aluminum hard bags, helmet, tubes, Kevlar riding suit, only 32k miles, and so on! I had ridden 4 or 5 times before, so I was familiar with it. The guy was the only owner, and did all the maintaince work. Ok, to the point. I understand that sites like advrider and the chain gang are there for support and technical help, but there seems to be so many things that can go wrong with the bike (wheel bearings, chain/sprocket, battery, etc). My questions: 1. Have other Funduro owners found their bikes to be reliable? 2. Should I plan to spend a lot of time working on the bike? Not to sound like a "Johnny Raincloud", but my previous bike, a 1984 Honda Magna 700, cost me over $2k in repairs in two years. Not the best of experiences. All that aside, I still am very excited about my new bike. It handles the rodes like a bike should, and I intend to ride it as much as possible. I have taken down a rough trail and it did fine. Love the torque, love the height. Seems to be a great bike!