The WR250R is pretty reliable and versatile little bike for the $$. I just got back from ~1000kms riding out past Injune/Roma. From nasty deep sand and rocky steep hills, to open dirt roads and 110km/h highway, while carrying swag, fuel, etc. Other bikes were a 1290, 690, KLR650 and a 500EXC. Apart from occasionally wishing I had more torque for those long fast inclines at ~90km/h...compensated for by just dropping down 2 gears and applying more revs... the little blue bike met all challenges. In comparison to the other bikes, the 250 was much less tiring. For hitting things harder, I could have been on the 500 though. For the highway I would have liked the 1290. I think a couple of the other riders wished they were on my bike more than I wished I was on theirs, overall! I must say that everyone loved their own bikes in their own way. Just goes to show the quality of the adventure is not always that bike-specific... Fork seal is fixed Dave, yours to ride whenever it stops raining!