I was more than happy with it. Before the xchallenge i had a street titled XR650R, and husqvarna 610. The xchallenge was by far the winner in all aspects. I had progressive springs, ohlins rear shock and a heap of other mods. The reason i got rid of it is i have a couple rides planned that are going to involve long days on the interstate. Also i wasnt getting into the bush much anymore on the bike. So for that reason i figured i will get 2 bikes for different purposes. Something cheap to be my main goto for going camping and bush roads, and going to get either a F800GS or Triumph Tiger 800XC for my longer rides that are interstate all day with a small amount of maintained gravel.
They are the best 650 i have ever ridden., comfortable, powerful, and can actually go anywhere with ease.
They have a few draw backs like that aluminium sub frame. so if you plan on long range travel with hard cases (which i have planned) your only real option is the touratech luggae set up with steel subframe @$1699 for the kit plus tax and shipping. I just sold my X for 7K, add on the cost of the Touratech set up puts me at 9K, that will get me a really nice used tiger with low miles already set up with the essential mods like hard luggage, heated grips, exhaust, centre stand, wind screen blah blah blah. If someone were looking at a Xchallenge you can find them for 5-6K in the states set up with luggage already, but dont expect to find any used stuff if you buy a bike without, as it never comes up on ADVrider.
Any questions shoot me a PM. I was lucky that my bike sold in canada where there is a really good market for 650 dual sport bikes