Ok so I have basically reached the same position as Dan here. I am getting an enduro because of their larger gas tank, and existing electrical system allows for easy road modification. (I can't afford a strictly race track S.M. bike) From what I have read the XR400 offers pretty lame performance unless heavily modified, the DRZ Suzuki seems popular and powerful, and the WR Yami is great but out of my price range.
However I have been shopping and there are a lot of XR650R's around for respectable prices. My question for you is is this too much bike? It's a bit heavier, but it's motor eats up the competition. I love this bike, but I don't want to buy something I am going to constantly be crashing all the time. I know it will likely be too heavy for trail riding except for dirt roads and bigger less technical stuff off road, what about SuperMoto? KTM has some nice bikes this size, so I was wondering if many people ride them. Like I said it's no good to me as an rookie dirt rider and just getting into this if I am going to crash it to pieces all the time.
I want Red too Dan, I am anti Honda but they have been making XR's a long time and they last forever.