I started riding this Summer and got a 2003 Suzuki SV 1000, which has been a fantastic bike. Zippy through the twisties, fantastic acceleration, great as a commuter to work. It looks great, sounds great (Twin Brothers exhaust) and runs great. Buuuuuuuuuuuuuut.....Here's the thing. Or rather, the things. While I was riding, I started noticing these other roads. They're dirt. And, I'm curious about what might be up there. I live in Central PA and there are a lot of dirt trails and fire roads and the like. The thing about the SV is that it's really not up to the task. Annnnnnnnnnd... I gave my 14 year-old daughter a ride on the back. And she loved it. And then I gave my wife a ride on the back and she loved it. Except for the bent-over riding position. Even with risers, they are leaning over onto me, which is uncomfortable for them and also puts a lot of pressure on the wrists, especially downhill and when stopping. Sooooooooooooo... I've started lurking on this forum and reading a lot, which has led me to wonder, as I think about my next bike, is there one bike that would meet all of my needs? Here is what I am thinking: - reliable: I am a newbie and I don't want to spend time/money in the shop. I like the SV because the engine is largely bulletproof. - offroad capable: I'm not going over rock gardens, but it really would be nice to explore those trails, rather than driving past them - two-up power: the wife and I combined are about 360 pounds and she is 5' 10 (I am 6'). I don't think I will be two-up more than a day or two at a time (though Mrs. Fish continues to surprise me) and more B&b/hotel than camping... - affordable: I am loving the new Tiger 800 XC but the price is way out of my league. I am thinking $7-8k at the top end - soul: I'm not sure how you measure it, but if you've been on a bike that has one... I have put the Buell Ulysses on my list. I was thinking the V/Wee-strom as well, though its soul doesn't speak to me. What other bikes should I have on my list? Recommendations? Thoughts? Ideas?