First up, this may never happen. Depending on change of heart, what else appears on the market while I'm still pondering this etc., I may go another way. Currently only got the road bike Honda NC700S. First straight road bike for a few years and she's immediately shot up amongst my favourites ever owned. But miss puttering around on all the great local dirt roads and occasionally having a bit of a poke up a side track just to see what's up there. So, something small and light, reasonably modern (oil and filter changes and bolt on stuff about my limit) while good on the road and handy for running local errands etc. So anyway, here's what I'm thinking. Buy WR250R....look around for a neat looking standard lateish model at a reasonable price. WARNING....some may find the following content disturbing! Lower it (heaps!) Yeah, for what I want it's just too high at 930 (I think?) seat height. I had a TTR250 and while I got by on it, lower would be better. I'd take it to a suspension specialist and get it done properly...ie by internally reducing the travel of the suspension components rather than links etc. Pricey ($1000+?) but from basic research, probably better for my needs. I don't know if the WR250R will bear it, but I'd like to reduce the travel by 100mm, bringing the seat down to about 830mm. So again, my (very!) basic research then leads me to wonder about the effect of this. Reduction in suspension travel in itself I would not see as a problem...I'd still have more travel than anything else I'd alternatively be considering for the job. I'm perhaps a bit optimistic here, but I'm thinking that the resulting changes to steering geometry/C.O.G. etc may, for my purposes, be an advantage....bit more stable on the bitumen and smooth gravel. Before you tell me "mate, she'll be hopeless over the jumps" or "you'll have to slow right down to wheelie over a log" let me assure you, and as I'm sure anyone here who ever ridden behind me will attest, those factors will not impede my pace at all. Nuh, I just need her good enough for the occasional scrabble up a bit a rocky rutted hill...probably feet down, cause now I can reach. That'd be about it apart from the obvious, bight the bullet and buy a bigger tank, run chunkiest looking road tyres that are still nice and smooth on the highway and basic luggage rack. So, all comments gratefully received….especially interested in feedback from anyone who knows a bit about suspension and steering geometry etc. Edit PS...I'm 175cm with short legs and bike will carrying 80-90 kilos.