Hey guys I'm a new member. I just bought a brand new 2009 Honda CRF230L three months ago. I'm absolutely having a blast and its my first bike so it could be the worst bike of all time and I wouldn't know it. I took it down to the Mark Twain National Forest to ride in Chadwick, MO, by myself just me and my bike. In hindsight that was a bad idea my first time riding on trails. But for a new rider this bike must be really balanced because I was cutting through it pretty easy and alot of the trails had alot of gravel. I did end up leaning it over but that was because I tried to go over a triple hill (Not sure what you call it) that was made of larger loose rocks luckily all I did was bend my gear shifter a little bit. I do have a few questions though if you all don't mind. 1. Would it be a bad idea to take this bike on long trips? 2. How do people carry so much stuff on the back? Just alot of bungie cords? 3. For a shorter rider 5'8" would a bigger Dual Sport be out of the question? (No matter what I'm keeping my current bike) 4. Is there a dedicated thread dedicated for this bike?