I get that it is comforting to be flat footed but don't buy a bike based on your current level of experience and skill. It will seriously limit your choices. Expand your consideration to bikes that you can put one foot down solidly. If all you are looking for is a bike to do dirt roads, anything short of a full on sport bike with work. Think DR, Versys, Vespa, Ruckus or whatever. If you stay out of deep mud or sand any bike will be good. There is a Dutch rider riding the Saharan desert on an R1 so don't think that the bike is the most important part of the equation. Get whatever you want and learn how to ride it. Your SV would be plenty capable on a fs road. Anything with an upright riding position and wider bars will suffice. If you are having fun in the dirt you will drop it so don't get a pretty boy. Broken levers, bent handlebars, and scratched paint are part of the experience. Something light enough to pick up easily is a bonus.
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Sparrowhawk screwed with this post 09-23-2013 at 11:51 PM