Some thoughts on this ride as well as the KLX250. The ride was great. I always have a great time when I get out and ride with a group. I always enjoy exploring new roads. It was my first long ride on my KLX and my first long DS ride in a long time so I was wiped out and pretty sore. I'm not as young as I used to be. That and it was in the 90s and humid. The KLX? It did great. My only big complaint was the seat. My ass was really hurting in the morning but not so much after lunch. Why was that? For one thing we took breaks more often after lunch. Second, I was more active in the afternoon because we rode more dirt and more challenging roads so I was moving around more. Also the riding took more of my attention as I was watching for rocks or trying to decide the best line which meant i wasn't thinking about my butt or my seat. I seldom did that kind of mileage on my previous small dual sport bike which had better seats. A better riding position on the KLX seems to make up for a less comfortable seat. The suspension and brakes worked fine. Now that I have more miles on the motor and am running it harder the motor seems to make plenty of power. Coming out of a tight curve on to a steep uphill might require a downshift or two but then it pulls fine. I have been averaging 72-73 MPG so the range was acceptable even with the puny 2 gallon tank. The CRF450 on the ride also had a 2 gallon tank but didn't get near as good of mileage. I now have over 500 miles on the KLX so the initial oil change will be due soon. I expect to be putting a lot of miles on it. I still have some farkling to due to get it set up the way I want it.