I posted a while ago in the main forum, asking people about downgrading from a 600cc sportbike to a smaller cc bike like a Marauder 250 or a 200cc enduro. Finally someone mentions the word "motard", and not ever hearing this term before I did some searches for a couple of hours. To me it sounds like a motard is dual sport bike (preferably one with balls) that is modded with 17" wheels, and possibly a few other tricks like larger front brake calipers.
So far so good, this is sounding pretty interesting. Now my big question is what bike I'd be interested in turning into a motard. I found an ad for a used drz400s, but it looks like the seat height is something like 38". I'm 5'6" (145lbs), I can't see myself pulling up to too many redlights on a bike with a seat height of 38". I'd be using the bike for town trips, commuting, general fun. Any suggestions on where to start? It looks like my options are Suzuki DR200-400 or drz, Yam DT200 or xt350, or maybe a dirt bike like a Honda xr400 modded for street.
What 4-stroke dirt bikes are suitable for making street legal (I suppose the bike needs a good charging system?), and roughly what should I expect it to cost?