I have a 2003 dakar, 15 tooth sprocket and renthal bars. I like it on forest roads and snappy enough on the tarmac . It's still a heavy lump off road when going is slippy . Of its size and for mainly tarmac with gentle off road it's good. More gnarly stuff would look at smaller more off road bike. Enjoy .
Trump is much more road biased and heavier , I'm wimpy about taking the dakar into sloppy deep mud and single track, find I use it more for exploring unclassified roads and chalk roads. Singles great if your on your riding solo and blatting along b roads. Guess you need to work out what you want do with a bike. P.s. there really aren't that many green lanes for dakar or triumph . Not near me anyway !
I just sold my 2003 Dakar, after owning it for about 10 years. I heavily modified it with YZ forks, Ohlins's rear shock, and lots of off road protection (a side 'tank' panel is USD$580!).
My first question, with the utmost respect, is; 'Can you ride?'
Throwing a 200kg 650 around on tight or slippery tracks takes some experience/skill. Many times I felt like I couldn't ride well enuf to use the bike to it's full potential, and I've been riding off-road since I was 12, and done 15x BMW GS Safari rides.
But when I had to ride 900kms home from a 5 day 4000km Safari ride, I was much happier to be on the 650 than a WR450. http://members.iinet.net.au/~grsmith...ling/costs.pdg
Msg me if you want to know anything about owning Dakar.