Originally Posted by Off the grid
What is your dirt experience?
How much dirt are you planning to ride and what type? Singletrack? Gnarly climbs/hills? Group rides? Fire roads? Enduros/Dual Sport organized rides?
Do you plan to trailer your bike to the dirt?
I hate to say it, but I don't have any experience on dirt. Definitely don't have any with something that can actually handle it. Ridden my Buell down some loose dirt/gravel roads and that's pretty much it.
Right now I'm looking at something that I can ride to the dirt. Planning on riding dirt/gravel roads, old fire roads, maybe a trail or at an off road park... something to ride where I want and be able to explore. Nothing too overly crazy to start with. If the opportunity presents itselft I wouldn't mind being able to go on group rides and organized events.