I have heard good things about the DR. It is supposed to be one of the better off road bike of the 650 dual sport class. Also for shorter riders it can be lowered. Iris and Trudy made a round the world trip on two of them. Search on the site for more info. Yes there are better bikes off road, but for all around for a smaller statured rider it is an exellant choice. Remember the rider is more important than the bike. Also sit on and ride several diffrent bikes before you buy one if possable. Everyone has diffrent needs, builds, abilites and tast, so get what YOU like, not what everyone else likes.