I struggled with where to place this post, so if it needs to be moved somewhere else. Someone do the magic incantation to put it in the right place. So I'm looking at getting something a little smaller to play on. Specifically with the mindset to get into some Dual Sport races in the Southeast and see if its something I like. (I'm sure I will, but just nervous about injuries.) I've previously owned a KLR650 and am now on a F800GS. I had a 82 DR250 for a brief stint, but got rid of it before I got too crazy on it. Didn't think that there were enough parts around for it. Also been on my friends 93 DR350, but only on the street. Right now, I'm mostly limited due to funds (aren't we all). I dropped a pretty penny on the F800GS and haven't had a lot of extra cash because of it. So I'm slowly saving up some money and promised myself I won't buy anything until I am able to pay cash without dipping into my monthly budget. I've got about a grand saved in my little piggie bank so far. I'm also 6' and 170lbs. Ok, way too much backstory there, but just wanted to give my angle. So my dilemma is... What bike to buy for the money. My constraints are between 250-450cc. Easy to work on (as in not something super rare to find parts for). I'm not too worried about the titling since I'm in SC. Lastly, don't think I can go over a 2k budget if I want to do any racing this year. 1. 90s DR250/350 - <$1000 for a good one with basic farkles, Can purchase now . This would give me ample time this winter and spring to do some trail riding in anticipation of doing the Long Cane DS in June. I would also be able to sort my safety gear situation out nicely, 2. 90s XR250R - - $1200-$1500, have to wait a few 2-3 more months of saving, I feel like this would be a better bike than the DR?? Not sure 3. Early 2000s KLX300 - $1200-$1500, again know very little about these bikes, would have to wait 2-3 more months of saving. 4. Early 2000s WR450R - I've seen some of these on craigslist for around 2k, I'd have to save up til late April, May and it would be a stretch. But this things seem awesome. Of course there are also many other bikes in this range. There are also I'm sure bikes that are better than these (most are probably out of my price range). This just happens to be what I see for sale mostly. I guess maybe I am looking for some comparison from people that have ridden these... as well as experience with them in races. I'm not trying to ultra competitive first try, but want to make an informed decision. I know that perfect scenario would be me to jump on one of each, but doubt that is going to happen. Comments, suggestions, teasing... bring it on! And thanks in advance!