You're a YOUNGSTER, West Virginia! Got 20 years on ya. And after 20 years off the saddle I'd say get a decent, lower mile used KLR, have a lot of fun riding it, and learn how it ticks, too. Maintained, and with a few frakles, the bike will go anywhere....I rode my A13 KLR some 60 k miles, had it in Montana and across Labrador, down to Georgia four times. I rode a Vee Strom five years, and a Wee Strom four, now mainly ride a Tiger 800 XC and a dirtified DRZ 400SM. The main place the KLR is lacking is for two-up, and that doesn't seem to be a problem you'll have. The KLR is cheaper to drop, easier to pick up, and cheap enough you could even have a parts bike. Best luck dual sporting in the Mountain State!