Thanks guys. Yes, WV has some good riding. When I had my Honda XR650, we went way down south to the Hatfield / McCoy trails, and rode all 3 levels of difficulty... level 3 was pretty wicked. Also went to the Blackwater 100 for several years, before they banned it ... climbed the nearly straight up Rt. 93 river crossing many times while 90% of people trying it failed. A little nerve wracking in front of ESPN cameras. Did it a couple of times on a dare, in just swimming trunks, shoes, and a helmet, just to be cocky.
As for tires, I'll probably wear these ones down this summer, and then go for something more knobby. In my experience, there's no "universal" tire that will do much in mud or wet grass on a bike with this kind of torque.... or any bike for that matter. The knobs wear down quicker on the road, but my old XRs handled pretty decently. There's always going to be a certain trade off between street & off road.
The first mods I want to do is a set of motech engine guards, license plate relocation, maybe a different front fender, and likely the doohicky ... and probably more, as I read these forums. I may consider the exhaust cam advancement mod, if it doesn't cause any adverse effects ... will have to read up on that one, and maybe start a thread.
Overall, I like the bike. I do notice the fewer horses than what my Honda XR had, but it does seem better suited for street & back roads, which is what I'm going to use it for. I do like it being water cooled. My lower back issues are going to keep me from doing the hard woods riding that I used to do.