Taking a jeep out on the AZ Strip for a few days would be fun! Good to check out a few of the overlook points. Lots of exploring out there that I'd like to do. Most will have to wait until next year as colder weather and shorter days are going to make it tougher. Lots of areas on the Strip will also get snow, and the clay roads can turn to slime. A jeep / truck / SUV with good tires gets the whole family along. Also, allows for a bit more luxurious camping.
Overall, the signage is noticeably improved. Lots of the Strip is "managed" by the St. George Field Office (BLM) located in town on Riverside Drive. Nice people staff the office, but even they haven't been on all the roads. Vast, vast, vast. http://www.blm.gov/az/st/en/fo/arizona_strip_field.html
"Pucker-butt" -- you got that right.
The cliffs at Toroweap are serious drops. Luckily, there are some easy places to take in the views, including down to the Colorado River, without getting too awfully close. Still -- first-class "pucker-butt."
If you end up with a new 250 cc dual sport, you might keep your old xl250??? They look like cool bikes and a bit of a "classic" ??? Plus, about the same technology as my current TW200
. Guess storage depends on garage space, etc. Ride safe, my friend. Lunch on me is still in your future.