for my first post, why not start at the BOTTOM? one of my stupidest moments. a few years ago it was time to buy a dirtbike. i began my research. what sort of rider am i? long long distances, slow-ish, safe-ish, and do much my own wrenching. hmmm....how about a reliable and easy to work on honda xr650l? no no, i cant buy that or my harley-riding uncle will laugh me right out of the next family picnic. i found a used ex-racing husqvarna 390 2 stroke. classic cred, big power, light. now thats gonna impress people! on my first ride, my friend brought along his beat up xr650l. hahahaha, i thought, i cant even hear it--is it running! does that thing have a cupholder! just bring a car next time! bland! he proceeded to ride rings around me. and looked a lot more comfortable than me doing it. mind if i give it a try, i asked. the xrl started on the first or second kick...whereas mine normally required millions. god was it smooth, and easy. a few months later, i sold the husky. now, of course this does not really mean much. a noob bought the wrong bike for his riding style and abilities, a bike set up by and for someone totally different. happens all the time. however, that xrl struck me as a very honest, sweetheart of a bike that would take you almost anywhere. its not going to impress anyone...but the owner. i would buy one....but i am buying a ktm. (<--he has learned NOTHING).