Thanks for the advice, everyone. I'm most likely going to get a used dual-sport, but I still have a few unanswered questions.
I've been looking at all different types of bikes on the internet, and I continually come across "enduros", which I believe are used for longer trail/road racing. Please correct me if I'm wrong, though. My question: can enduros be made street-legal, and if so, would there be any point in doing so?
Also, in reference to getting the bike out to the trails, how do you do it? I don't have a truck or anything like that, so I started to read up on trailers. But I don't really have room for one of them, either. - I guess with a dual-sport, I could just as easily ride out to the trails......is this a common practice?