the dl650 will take you down the freeway to explore off-road destinations. i agree the bike can power thru many challenges like a tractor. someday i'll practice off roading on a real dirt bike, or go to off road school. until then, i've outfitted the bike with shinko tires, a 14T front sprocket, a bash plate, barkbusters, crash bars front & back, a moto wench & tow line, tools, food & water, and a gps. a cdma phone is on my wish list. i drop the vstrom every 3rd time i go off roading, usually when i'm relaxing or going slow. apart from scraped crash bars, the moto's as good as new. it is such a tall and top heavy bike, plus i carry 35 lbs of gear in top box and pillion. i keep the tools in a 4 inch tool tube and two 2 inch tool tubes. the dl650 keeps up on the freeways and its a pleasure on country roads, but the best times are to be had going off road as far as you dare. i'll go back another day and dare myself to go even further. the blue ridge mountains in virginia and west virginia have a lot to offer.