Dracus- I'm in the desert too. No rust here either! And I built up a little 250 to rip on in the dirt until I get good, so I don't trash the XL. It's kind of a weird bike and was fun to build, it's here
The XL has really been fun too. I find that I love working on it... it's addictive. I might like building bikes just about as much as I like riding them.