Yup Joe, You're right, and Z, thanks for the offer. Unfortunatly what I want, or even "need" is not of the highest priority in the grand scheme of household finances, if you know what I mean.
Geet, I hear ya 'bout the old stuff except for one thing....the knew stuff just flat works so much better. I have an '86 XL600 that has been lowered and turned into a streetracker. I raced it for awhile as a flattracker, then as a supermotard. It's a cool bike. The modern stuff just eats it alive though. It's still too heavy after stripping 40 lbs off of it. I might try roadracing with it, just to say I did, but I don't think it'd be competetive there either.
The appealing thing about a modern lightweight 4 stroke is that they make decent power and they're light enough to ride for more than an hour in the woods. The reason I converted the XL into a tracker was that I just didn't have the strength or experiance to ride it in the woods. Plus it was a queen hell bitch to start if you stalled it, like I would do after falling over for the 20th time 'cause I was too beat to muscle it. Funny thing about that is that it takes less energy to ride right than it does to fall down, pick it up and try to start it again, but somehow when the moment comes, I just can't respond quick enough, and there I am taking another dirt sample. I guess it would help if I got off my butt and started excersising once in awhile...