Maybe the answer is that the alloy wheeled, alloy swing armed, adjustable rear suspension with separate reservoir bikes like mine are the best. Except I had to stiffen up the front suspension for road use, there is no electric foot, the front break isn't great for road use and it is knocking 30 years old. If I keep the XT I will probably supermoto it as it is just the right age in the UK where any modifications do not need to be CE marked and exhausts don't have to be marked either. If I was doing a lot of off road and wanting something more modern I would seriously think about the little suzuki. If you really need the extra 300cc then I would guess a later dominator would be at least as good as a later XT its probably a pub argument that can never be solved. Be careful buying old XTs they will often still sound and run quite nicely when they have been round the clock. The older XTs also seem to be getting bitten by the classic bug which pushes up the price to a level where lots of other maybe more practical stuff lives. Even without anything breaking picking up a dropped 600 from a bog quickly loses its appeal. On the other hand the XT is a pretty bike.