*****Updated on page 5**** Found a 2006 450 EXC locally that is plated and has the "magic" number in the VIN to keep it plated. I take delivery this coming Saturday. Hey gang, I'm experiencing the winter no bike/riding withdrawls and have spent way too much time on here reading all the owners threads and am faced with several options and questions. First, a little background: My first machine was a 2006 KLX250S that I bought new in '06. I had put 9,000 miles on it when I traded it, in 2008, for a leftover '06 V-Strom 650. The trade was made so that my girlfriend could accompany me on day rides/trips where the KLX just wasn't comfortable. I also found it down on power eventually. I added a stock KLX300 exhaust with the end restrictor removed and rejetted accordingly which helped but wasn't enough. I even bought a used cylinder to get the Bill Blue treatment but traded it in before going to the 331. Fast forward to today, the V-Strom has 25,000 miles on it and I've given up on the thought of it being a "dual-sport", its realistically more of an all road sport touring bike for me, given its weight and size. It has also become bland and kinda boring to ride. I don't foresee taking too many long trips on it in the near future since my girlfriend hurt her back last winter and now the bike is very uncomfortable after an hour or somedays even less. She ends up with one leg going numb and a sore back. Until then we had ridden to Virginia Beach and regular trips to VT, and planned to go to South Carolina last year but our schedules didn't align for that one. That being said, I'm considering three options: 1. Add a CRF250L to the garage and keep the V-Strom ($200 left to pay off on the Strom). I sat on one at a local dealer and it seemed ok and they were willing to let me take a short (<10 mile) test ride but I declined since it was near closing time. Pricewise they offered a few hundred under MSRP but were vague as to how much under. 2. Add a WR250R and keep the Strom. There is a dealer about an hour away with 2-2012 demo models with 300 miles on them and they are asking $5500 with an 18 month warranty. I've never even seen one in person since the 2 other dealers I've visited don't even order them. I think I can manage the seat height as I sat on a KTM250SX which has a much higher seat and I could get my toes down (5'-6" ~30" inseam, occasionally dropped my KLX due to short legs but never really a huge concern). 3. Trade the Strom in for a 2012 or 2013 KTM690 Enduro. I would want to trade the Strom because of the $10K sticker on the KTM. The only 2 dealers that have/can get them are 3 hours away, one in VT and one in NY so I have never seen or sat on one but the spec sheet and owners reports make it very appealing, similar height and weight of my KLX but triple the HP. I primarily would use it for a 40 mile roundtrip commute to work and hitting the few legal trails we have in St. Lawrence county. My girlfriend's father just got hooked on motorcycles last year with a TU250 and loves to take day rides through the Adirondacks so comfort is a bit of a concern but I've made the same trips on the KLX. I also miss being able to ride the machine hard.....legally. The Strom will break all local speed limits at the very top of second gear so it gets ridden hard for a few seconds and then 4 upshifts to top gear and set the throttle lock for the rest of the trip to work . All in all the Strom is quiet, reasonably comfortable (for me), holds a pile of stuff in the luggage and just plain works. I've considered changing the bars for something like the KX High bends I had on my KLX to help with some wrist issues and maybe a Scorpion can for a little more interesting exhaust note but I don't think there's much excitement/interest to be had with it. Long story short, I'd like a bike that is light (relatively), has more power and better handling than my KLX (power wheelies to clear trail obstacles?), capable of 2 up riding for short distances (100 miles or less in a day), dirt oriented, and doesn't vibrate like crazy. My KLX would put my hands to sleep in 30 minutes or less on the pavement even with new bars and aluminum bark busters, it was also running 7,000 rpm at 60mph though. If I were to take longer road rides with option 1 or 2 it would most likely be on the Strom. With option 3 I'm thinking that a different seat and maybe mini screen might be needed but otherwise I think it would be manageable. Does anyone here have experience with the 690 AND the KLX, or WR, or CRF? What about the road use of a 690 compared to the Strom?