Hey fellow inmates. I've been on a quest to buy a lightweight, durable, cheap, and most importantly tractable on goat trails type bike. I'm an exploration geologist and will be using this for work which means I'm getting paid to explore on a bike (life goal achieved)...think literal game trails, side hills, and slow going. Basically using this to ride to challenging places, get off, and look at rocks. Not the other way around, I swear. Generally speaking, I've gotta a fair amount of off-road and adv experience doing this crap for nearly 20 years. The suspension snob in me typically leans euro but I'm totally fine with a Japanese machine for this kind of work. This isn't blitzing thru the desert on an open classer, its plodding through a high desert forest at 1-10 mph. A few basic requirements: 100 mile round trip range Damn good hill climbing and knarly terrain ability Cheap (under 3k or so) Spark arrestor Light--under 200 wet would be AWESOME but probably not realistic short of a modern trials machine Low seat height to reduce chances of injury when I inevitably bail from a bad decision Nothing that scares my safety officer (no CRRRRRF450XXX type rigs) So far I've narrowed it down to a handful of machines but am looking for suggestions from the unwashed masses. Here goes with my perceived pros/cons in no particular order: Modern-ish Trials bikes: Great slow speed tractability, stupid light...BUT....comically small fuel tanks, reliability can't come close to more common machines, where does my ass go/exhausting for 100 miles? Vintage-ish Trials bikes (TL125/250 type rig): Great slow speed tractability, on the lighter side, low seat height and place for my ass...BUT....fricking old with parts issues, seriously thin on the ground these days TW200: Simple and Dumb, good traction, common, stupid low seat height tractor like first gear...BUT....nearly 300 damn pounds XR250: Cheaper than a good night at a brothel, everywhere, simple and durable...BUT...high seat height, a little heavy, possibly a bit more high strung than I need (I know, I sound like a weenie) TTR125/CRF150/Whatever 13 year olds ride these days: Everywhere and cheap, lightweight enough...BUT...concerned first gear won't be low enough for the kind of climbs I'll be going up and the lack of power won't help matters KTM 200: 2T goodness, light enough, great suspenders...BUT...again concerned first gear won't be low enough, hard to come by KDX200/220: 2T goodness, light enough, cheapcheapcheap...BUT...first gear issue, and these things are typically thrashed to death Super Sherpa/Serrow: Cheap, durable, disposable...BUT...heavier than ideal, just not really inspiring mounts to explore on Any thoughts or suggestions are totally welcome. I'm hoping to pick something up in Idaho or New Mexico before spring hits so I can work out the kinks of the machine. Thanks!