Originally Posted by Lone Rider
I've been thinking about a light DS bike that can carry some gear and had looked at the XR400 a couple of times. Now leaning towards the 223lb dry wt KDX220.
It's all a compromise and mind set thing.
You're absolutely right...
I had a '97 KDX 220 that was "plated" for the road. It was a great bike, but the buzzy road manners were not pleasant. I found that I had to blip the throttle all the time when I was droning at a constant speed, even on a gravel road. Short blasts down roads to connect trail heads is fine, but I can't imagine riding for much distance on it....
Also keep in mind you'll need to carry oil to mix with your gas if you have to stop at a gas station to fill 'er up!