I finally got a dual-purpose bike to take advantage of the forest service roads and trails around here (Kootenays, BC). My wife and I went on a road trip to Penticton this weekend to pick up a 1996 Suzuki DR350S.
The funny thing is that it's my old bike! I originally bought it used in 2001 when my wife was in Europe. I kept it for a couple of years, but living in Vancouver I didn't ride it for it's intended use, just commuting and the VFR was better for that. So I sold it to my brother-in-law. Last year he lent it to his friend to learn on. His friend's car blew up so he couldn't afford to buy it. I've been looking for a dual-sport bike since spring but not much available here except converted dirt bikes. So I jumped at this opportunity much to my wife's chagrin.
I rode it 425km home today without any problems. In fact it did a lot better than I thought it would. It maintained highway speed and didn't get blown around. We just had to take a short break every hour to give my butt a break. One big thing is that my knees don't get sore and stiff like they do riding the VFR. It'll need a new rear tire very soon, but it did come back to me with a Clarke oversized tank and flatslide / pumper carbs (?).
I'm looking forward to exploring some gravel roads and trails around here. I'll be doing it slowly since I don't have any off-road riding experience.
Anyway, since it doesn't exist without pictures, here it is at the Anarchist Mountain lookout just outside Osoyoos: