The Background: I'm selling the farm and taking off for Alaska and then SOUTH. The situation: I've lurked the shit out of the 520 vs 525 vs 530 vs 690 vs X challenge arguments and I guess I want to rehash it just one more time. Here's the deal: I want to spend 10k or less and have a reliable, totally badass, street legal dirt bike that gives no quarter in dirt but can cruise marginally comfortably on the highway. I'm taking a differnt approach to adventuring though, see the below photo. (450 is just for mock-up) I currently own 2002 520 EXC that I have upgraded: (stator, hid light, aceberis bark busters, alumnium skid plate, mohard radiator guards, 1000 dollars in factory connection suspension work) but also have absolutely thrashed. Lots of woods riding and most recently down to jersey and back on the interstate pinned in sixth gear. Yeah it was really effing cold. But that's why god made whiskey. While I love the awesomeness of the 690 the 17 pages of problems i read about the fuel system scared me off. I was about to buy a plain ticket to Georgia to go pick one up and changed my mind at the last minute. To many things to break I decided. The X challenge fell basically into the same catogory for me, and while more reliable, I need to be able to wheelie in fourth gear. While there are ride reports out there of people putting 20k+ on the 530's they just don't seem quite as robust as the RFS. I might go that route if I could buy one at the dealership but I think I missed it by a year. So basically for me it boils down to this: Option A: Pimp current whip? Side note; in said pimping I would have the entire motor and tranny broken down and gone through. The little boy on my shoulder says, "they're redoing the top end get the thumper or sxs kit", the p*ssy on the otherside says "it will affect reliability" Thoughts? Option B: Buy 2007 525 exc and pimp that? It will cost more but the components will be newer and more available for longer (hopefully). Have at it boys and gals PS. Here is the one thing I know I'm taking.