I am on the prowl for a new dual sports bike. In fact it will be my first bike....ever. I am looking to use it to build up experience both on and off road and after a year move on to something bigger for longer trips. Anyway after reading many reviews and speaking to a few dealers I have narrowed it down to these two. From what I have found: Suzuki DRZ250 2008 Reliable Simple maintenance (not liquid cooled) Easy to ride (and learn on) Kawasaki KLX250S 2008 (and 2006/7) Better suspension You can make some mods to give it more beans as I get used to it Liquid cooled Long service intervals All in all, to me its a close call, except for the prices Suzuki $5,500 vs Kawasaki $6,900 So is the Kawasaki worth $1,500 more? It seems to get a big wrap from owners on some of the forums I have read. Any opinions or info would be great..