I am 66 year old Marine with an '02 GSA (70,000 miles) that I have taken to Prudhoe Bay and across the Trans Lab highway in the last 3 years. The bikes you are looking at are great machines and the advice you are getting is all good. I like dirt riding, but I'd like to get to other states fast and comfy to play in hard dirt. I am thinking of a smaller dual sport bike for real dirt playing though. I am 5'11" and a 30 inch inseam and love the GSA.
And yes I can still pick it up from naps!
If you get to Texas when you get back, don't hesitate to call and try my Big Black Beast of Burden ("B-4") GSA.
If you run into an Embedded Law Enforcement Professional at Camp Leatherneck named Billy D. give him my best - he is my old partner and loves the Marines.
Get some, Marine!!
"Packrat" IBA# 11205, AARP, ATP, CFI, A&P, USMC
Rigor Mortis will be the first indication that I've grown up!!
Yungas Rd.-Bolivia, Alaska '08 - Labrador '10 -