I know this question is asked ad nauseum on here, and I sincerely apologize for creating another thread on the matter. However, after much research and reading many similar threads, I still don't feel like I'm informed enough to make a solid purchase decision. Your advice would be immensely appreciated! I'm looking to get into the lightest bike that will still handle itself well in "adventure" mode. Lots of highway mileage, bags, etc. I don't want to get into too much bike, and I'm constantly reading on here about people having to wrestle their giant litre bikes through the gnarly stuff and how utterly exhausted they are afterwards. I'd like to avoid that if I can, which is why I'm leaning towards the smallest bike that will still take me down the highway, get me to work, and still let me play in the bush every once in a while without making me feel like I'm wrestling an alligator. I want a machine that isn't going to be a total pig in the dirt - I don't plan on doing any single track or motocross stuff with it, but I don't want to have an uphill battle just trying to explore an ATV trail every once in a while. The bike will be my fair-weather daily driver (mostly in town), so my overall usage will probably be 80/20 pavement/dirt. Even though the machine won't see dirt every day, I would rather not compromise too heavily in that regard. I think my needs are simple, but I'm still not sure what best fits me. I've only ever ridden dirtbikes (this will be my first street bike), and nothing larger than a 125. I was also a teenager when I last rode, though I've done a lot of downhill and uphill mountain biking since then. I'm now in my mid-20's, 6' and 200lbs (fit) so I've outgrown a few of the bikes that felt just right when I was a kid. Anyway, I'd really appreciate some help in selecting the bike, or bikes, that will be right for me. Thanks! Edit: After some continued discussion on this thread, I've noticed a tendency for some serious debate between the owners of different brands of motorcycles. As an all-around motorcycle enthusiast (in fact, I'm an all-around motorsports enthusiast), it was never my intention to incite a riot or a flame-war here. I love BMW, Kawasaki, Suzuki, KTM, Honda, Harley Davidson, Triumph, Moto Guzzi, Ducati, etc. all equally. There is ZERO discrimination here and I'd prefer to avoid it here. I am simply seeking information from those with experience. Thanks!