Many, many years ago, I had a 125 cc street-legal dual sport from Suzuki. I cannot even remember what year it was, but was probably built back in the 80's, when you could buy numerous motorcycles under 500 cc in the USA. The bike was just a blast to ride, virtually indestructible and was easy to maintain. I gifted it to a relative who took it to college and used it for three years until it was stolen.
I have been thinking about another off-the-shelf street-legal dual-sport as a fun bike, commuter, grocery getter and the like. This would probably be a 70% street/30% logging road/trail machine. I have been looking at the major manufacturers and see that Honda/Kawasaki/Suzuki all have some bikes in the 200-250cc range and Suzuki has one model in the 400 cc range. Nothing really after that until you get to the KLR 650 at 650 cc. The KLR would probably be too big for what I am looking at, and it seems to be a two-person job to lift them upright on the trail after dumping them.
Any thoughts or recommendations? I have noticed that the new Yamaha XT250 and Honda CF230L are getting some good reviews.