but on the 250l you can ride on park roads, etc. places that require a license plate ( a lot harder to get a plated dirt bike than a dual sport)I considered this as well. The reason I didn't go with the dual sport is that I like to be able to ride hard, without fear of breaking expensive equipment if I lay it down. I've relented to the fact that to ride in the dirt, I need a dedicated dirt bike (also given their lighter weight and optimal gearing.) If you would rather just tool around rather than get a little jiggy in the dirt, I'd say get the CRF250L.
Yup, it's more like Wrangler or Durango or Patriot or Mini Cooper Countryman, etc.Yup, you're asking which car should I buy, a Jeep Wrangler or a Mini Cooper; two totally different vehicles.
Decide what you want to do with it, then decide on the bike. Can't go wrong with either.