Hello all, I'm 18 from NC. Near the blue ride parkway for those not from around here. I'm new to the forum but have used it extensively in deciding what bike to get. I'm going to purchase a Suzuki DR650 2013 new. It's on sale at a dealership near me so the opportunity was there for a brand new one and I am going to take it. I was dead set on the KLR 650 for a while but after long research this is what I have decided. I still love the KLR but I've decided it's not best for me. I plan on using this as my main commuter to school and work as well as going up to friends colleges in Boone where I will enjoy some good off-roading with my buddies. One major factor in choosing the 650 over a 400 or less is that I plan on going on cross country trips as well as trips down to South/central america (as well as Canada and Alaska). Basically everywhere on this West hemisphere (west, right?). Well just thought I would introduce myself and let y'all know what's up with me. Thanks for the information found on this site! It has helped so much.