My very good friend has been planning a 20K mile tour of the US using the Trans America Trail and BDR routes. Almost 80% off road. I have NO interest in spending 6 months on a bike, but I would like to do some with him. I ride almost exclusively dirt, and own a DR650 currently. I consulted the DR and it had serious objections to hauling my 300 lb self around on highways much. Looked into Africa Twins, Triumph Scramblers, and BMW GS. Holy crap!!!! $13-$20K. I then stumbled across some HD Sportster ADV/Scrambler builds here and got to thinking (which is usually followed by "Hold my beer and watch this"). Sportsters are cheap, relatively reliable, a hella bunch of dealers, and some of the ADV builds looked pretty cool. Never been a Harley fanboy, and generally dislike the whole "lifestyle" thing, but I negotiated a deal with my brain and started looking at Sportsters. Based on the wealth of information on ADVrider I decided to stay with a newer rigid mount for lightness mostly. Lets see, 2000 XLC 1200 with 8K miles $2100? Check.