If I was staying here on the tree infested east coast I would definitely be looking for a KTM, small and light. Just spoke to go2navy and he sold his plated 200 exc up into the great white north, so it is gone..too bad ..perfect Pachaug bike. Plated KTM 200-400 2 or 4 stroke is what I would be getting. They pop up for $2500-$3500 if you keep an eye out. With your mechanical abilities I think it would be a no brainer.
We are enmeshed in the cancerous discipline of "security." And in the worship of security we fling our lives beneath the wheels of routine - and before we know it our lives are gone.