So I have my F700GS tentatively sold. (http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1000815&highlight=f700) And the thought of being bikeless is frightening. Realistically, the 700 just wasn't making a ton of sense. It was heavy and tough to handle in off road riding conditions (sand, loose gravel), where my friends on 640ADV and even a first gen BMW thumper really weren't having issues. And sure my twin was probably more comfortable on the slab, but they didn't really have any trouble pushing the speed or keeping up. I'm thinking of staying in the dual sport category. But would like something lighter and cheaper. Something I'm less concerned with dropping. But still cooler than a KLR. However, I'm limited with short ass legs (5'11' tall with a 30" inseam). Yes, I know you can ride tall bikes, but it just isn't confidence inspiring for me. And if I'm not confident, it's going to sit in the garage. I like the idea of a 650 Dakar, the thumper is smooth, shouldn't be an issue for highway stints and will be a bit lighter off road than the 700GS. I could swap a seat from a standard GS on to the Dakar and be ok with seat height. Or is this just a stupid idea? The other thought is to go an entirely different way and pick up a Scrambler or Bonnie. Realistically my bike would be used for: 1. commuting on slab 11mi each way 2. weekend bike camping trips -- but often down fire roads, atv trails, water crossing, sand (ugh) I look forward to your advice.