Alright ladies and gentlemen, the time has come to get a dirty. I've been deliberating this for a long time now, swinging back and forth from an adventure type bike to a rec reg'd dirty and everything in between... and i think i now know what i want. I've only ridden dirt a handful of times, and as such, this is going to be a learning adventure, and as with most things i start off with like this, i want to do it on the relatively cheap. the list of 'requirements': -must be decently reliable, i definitely don't need a high strung machine. -easy to work on (so far i know only the most basic of maintenance so this will be another side to the learning venture - whilst i was seriously considering a road reg'd bike with a motard set up, for now, i reckon i only need rec reg and as such no road going gear - I'd like to be able to keep it under $3k. I don't know how viable this is, I've been looking at some of the usual culprits (xr4 and 250, drz's etc) and seems there are some below this but a lot seem well... overpriced? I'll add more if i can think of it... I'll need to get a few bits of gear but i won't factor this into the price. Any help will be much appreciated, cheers!