Howdy guys, Got a bit long winded, there's a summary at the bottom! Currently riding an 1150GS, have had it for a bit over a year and my license for a bit longer. Got it because it seemed like a bike that could do all sorts of stuff as I began figuring out what kind of riding I wanted to do. Did about 10k km this past year (99.999% on-road). Took it out on some sections of the TET and concluded it's just too heavy, maybe it's the street tires, but it's probably just the weight. Currently I've only got the means for one bike, so I'd like to sell the GS and get a thumper. Public transport is good here, but sometimes the bike just needs to be purely practical, too (e.g. commute, long stretches of highway, etc.). Going to work and stuff I usually do with my bicycle. In my teens I rode through the local woods and around the neighborhood on small, 100cc dirt bikes. Bikes that were too small for me but still fun to ride at their limit. Since then I've moved to western Europe, the southern part of the Netherlands, to be specific. I once read somewhere on here, `it's more fun to ride a slow bike fast than a fast bike slow'; that resonated with me and I think it's true. But I'm not too experienced off-road (also not too experienced on-road for that matter). So because I don't really know what I'm doing, my plan of approach was to get something along the lines of a CRF250L, rip around on that for 1+ year, see if I like dual-sport/enduro riding, and if so, to start looking for something bigger. I could either sell the 250 or if the finances allow by then, keep it as a commuter/runabout bike. I like the 250 because it's efficient an versatile go-anywhere machine. Lastly, I'm about 190 cm tall and weigh 90 kg. Before I stumbled upon the CRF250L, I thought I wanted a Husqvarna 701 Enduro, but that seems to be a KTM Duke dressed up as a dirt bike and I'm tired of that coming from the GS After doing some reading, it seems that if I really want to get into the dirt properly, then eventually ending up at a 110kg, 450-500cc dirt bike is the way to go. Them's may be fightin' words, but please judge/attack my reasoning. Future off-road trip ideas for this next bike or the bigger one further down the line are: Ferry to Iceland Wales and Scotland Morocco Bit of a ramble here, but in summary. Selling my big GS for a thumper (light is right!) Need one bike to do it all, at the moment Something that is forgiving and cheap to operate (both running costs and costs of broken parts) . Can probably keep the small, learner bike as a commuter later on Dream of ripping through the desert on a KTM 500, but I live in the Netherlands For western Europe, my area seems to have decent TET sections and off-road areas Don't really know if trail riding is for me, but I had loads of fun the few times I've gone out Looking for a bike that won't be far beyond my skill level; if I buy a 500cc off-road race machine I'll be scared of it forever because I don't have the skill base. As opposed to buying a 250cc 4-stroke, riding it at its limit and then 1-2 years from now upgrading to something bigger (kinda like what that guy Joe Rockstar on youtube did) Thanks for the sage advice, people!