I started riding street bikes about ten years ago. Like offroading, I stepped into the world of MX after moving to San Diego. It took me a few seasons to get used to the non-traction side of things, sliding out on purpose, jumping, etc. I absolutely love it now, it’s the most freedom you can feel. Anything obstacle you want to conqueror – you most likely can on a dirtbike (with decent skill).
My main ride is a 06 DRZ SM that runs a dirt setup, plated and street legal :) I never got around to getting softer springs up front, something that is painful on the long 100+ mile days. All in all, it gets me around.
A few mods have been done over the years: SSW/MRD exhaust, big carb, HID lights, engine cams, alum bash plate, new bars, manual kicker, etc. This bike has been an absolute blast to ride. Its a tank, don’t get me wrong, but it’s never let me down.