I am actually really looking forward to riding a simple smaller back to the the salt of the earth kind of bike again and think the DR is going to be perfect for what I am wanting to do. I can ride off road, trails, fire roads, and maybe some not to difficult single track see how things go and work up to that.
I am about 170-75 lbs on average and wondering now much weight others have put on their DR's for longer distance travel? I see people have ridden them around the world with a lot of stuff on them. From personal experience I have loaded my Beemer or Sporty with a lot of Chit and as long as I do not get the center of gravity to high have never really had to many issues.
Cap, I chose to get my DR for exactly same reasons as you. You and are even the same exact weight range. I've been strictly a road rider for a decade and a half so I'm pretty much a noob when it comes to dirt riding. My most recent dirt biking experience was with a mountain bike! LOL! I doo plan on riding easy trails and fire roads for now.