I have a commuter / small tourer at the moment (GS500F) and am looking at a second bike, mostly for multi-day trips. On a recent trip down the snowys the GS500 was great except when we hit the dirt after Wee Jasper, just after a heavy downpour, resulting in the rear tyre caking up and me sliding about like a seal on satin sheets. So - your advice please. I'm not really looking for dirt, but the reality in Aus is any long trip will involve some dirt, if you want to get to the good spots. I'm trying to decide between: - a KLR650, dirt-capable small tourer, but not so good on long road sections - a dedicated sports tourer like the Sprint ST, great for the long road sections, and just take it easy when I hit the dirt - an older lighter adventure bike like the R100 GS BMW, but for my money these have done lots of kms As I will not be trading my GS500, I'm only budgeting around $5k so I'm looking at second hand obviously. I've looked at the big adventure tourers like the BM 1200 GS but don't want a big heavy bike - nor do I want this much money under me on a dirt road. . I do, however, want the option of doing some 2-up riding in the future. If I could buy a midsize sport tourer that could handle good dirt sections well, as well as 2-up touring, I'd buy it - but I can't find a bike that fits this description. Any suggestions? Who here rides a sports tourer on dirt? Do you really need an "adventure" bike for 90/10 riding road/fire trails?