Looking at getting a dual sport. Here's the scoop on me... I am 5'6", 150 lbs., and in pretty good shape. I've been riding bicycles my whole life so I'm comfortable on two wheels and got my first motorcycle spring of 2009, a Kawasaki Ninja ex500. I've ridden the ex500 for 15,000 miles in the past 4 years and now feel very, very confident riding it. I live in the mountains of Wyoming so I generally only get about 4.5 months per year to ride so I feel that I have taken pretty good advantage of my riding opportunities. Anyhow, we have a lot of forest service roads and I feel that I really should get a bike that will allow me to take advantage of that blessing (although I have zero desire to get into catching air, ledge crawling, gnarly off road). Having said that, I love cruising on the open road for a few hundred miles on days I don't have to work... and I have a lot of those! I am fortunate to live extremely close to 2 national parks and that is where I do most of my riding. Not gonna find me trying to push the limits of cornering, busting out wheelies, or ripping the highways at 100mph. Moving along here, I like the idea of a thumper as the lower price fits my lifestyle/career choice. I would be very appreciative of any recommendations or suggestions for choosing my bike! One last kicker to throw into the mix... there is a very realistic possibility that in the fall of 2014 I will be quitting my job and heading south on a long adventure south to Mexico and beyond. Thanks again for any help and guidance you can send my way!