Thinking about trading my 03 Bandit 1200s for a somewhat newer DR 650. They are valued at similar levels. I have an EXC 400 for dirt oriented dual sporting. Have been thinking of getting a large dual sport bike for a while. Based on your own experiences will I be disappointed trying to follow my buddies on 2 - 4 day trips through the mountains. They ride a range of bigger street and adventure bikes (GS 1200, KTM 990's, Kawasaki Concourse, Ducati Hypermotard, 80's BMW air head touring bike, vintage honda CB 750 etc). I enjoy the Bandit - Good torque, smooth motor, Incredibly dependable. Comfortable on medium length trips. Handles as well as I need. Easy to pass cars. Can stay up with any bike in our group. Feels just fine if I need to go on the highway. But, something about cruising around in "thumper mode" just enjoying the scenery, being able to go on more dirt roads and not feel like I'm tearing my streetbike up etc. Has me thinking. Thanks for any thoughts!