Great article. I started on street as well, on a SV650, and was all into the fast knee dragging stuff on the mountain twisty roads for a while. I sold that bike, and got out of street riding all together, mainly because my other passion (auto restoration) was taking up a lot of discretionary cash. Later on, I went completely the other direction and bought an RMZ 250 to trail ride on with my wife and friends. The magic combination of street and trail riding on one bike really tugged at me for a long time, though, so I gave in and bought the KLX. I can honestly say this is the best kind of riding I have ever done. I'm glad to read about others that have basically the exact same thoughts.
Thumpin' around the South