Started out in the 70s on a Honda 360 twin street bike and over the years moved up to a 550k, 600 and then 5 Goldwings. I started to feel the weight of the big touring bike last year and switched out to a 650 Strom.
Moved to Vancouver Island a few years ago and noticed all the Dual Sports. Decided to try this dirt thing starting with a TW200. I was hooked in short order riding around the mountains.
I now have a CRF250L and am loving it. Trying to get the wife into it now. If she takes it up this spring, I will probably sell the Strom and get another CRF250L or a WR250.
The older I get, the more I am preferring the slower riding on the FSRs and trails and not having to worry about the semi on my rear.
This dirt riding stuff sure gives an old guy a work out as well. Hope to try some bike camping this coming summer.
2009 Wee Strom, 2014 CRF250L