After doing searches (on here and the www) and reading individual reviews, I'm looking for some input on here. I'm looking for an off-road explorer bike yet something that will do highway sections as well. I've been street only for 3 yrs but have recently moved to an area with phenomenal off road areas and easy access to a couple of BRD routes. My last dirty type bikes over the years were a plated XR650R and a 990 Adv. Great machines but honestly, just too heavy and too much punch for my skillset to use successfully off-road. I know KTM's are tres cool, Betas super sexy and Husky's as cool as the KTM's ..... but they aren't what I'm interested in right now. As for plating a dirt-only bike, that is now completely verboten in BC. As the title suggests, the WR250R and CRF450L are what I've narrowed my options to. Lightness and Japanese reliability are my #1 requirements. I do 95% of my riding solo, so breakdowns are something I'm trying to avoid. Even more so, the inevitable return of the bike to what seems to be it's natural position (on it's side with me underneath it), a weight in the 300 lb range makes it easier to avoid becoming grizzly snax. I stand a fighting chance of getting out of underneath it at least. Like most riders, I am looking at a larger tank and possibly a rally style fairing. Engine mods would be limited to a pipe/filter/ECU. Of course, that is always the plan ...... next thing you know you are shopping for custom built wheelsets and Dakar quality suspension upgrades. The riding I am looking at is exploring logging roads, single track and hydro line, absolutely nothing that would be considered fast or competitive. Some of these will require highway stages that could be up to 200 km in length with posted speeds not exceeding 100 km/hr. So that long winded intro has led us here ........ your thoughts and opinions. Tell me about maintenance, reliability, useability, highway driving, dirt road plonking, hitting doubles and tabletops, hill climbing ....... whatever you you want.