The road bike is in the garage tucked up warm away from all the nasty frost and salt currently invading the roads. But despite the weather you're still longing for your two wheel fix and watching Youtube clips and highlight videos isn't quite enough.
At this time of year there's only one thing for it: go out and get dirty on the trails. Both Honda and Kawasaki offer 250cc trail bikes aimed at those new to off-road riding - they're nothing like the ultra-light and focused machines built for off-road competition.
Both bikes listed below give riders plenty of confidence both on road and off, and thanks to the recent popularity of finance, they're pretty affordable, so you can get out there and get muddy straight away.
Honda CRF250L, £125 (x36)
A firm favourite here at MCN, the CRF250L is a brilliant all-rounder that's equally happy commuting through the city as it is plugging through deep puddles and up mountains. Good ergonomics, chassis and suspension mean it's incredibly well balanced. The engine is taken from the CBR250R and re-tuned for more low and mid range. It's no top speed demon, but it's spot on for town and trails.
Cash price: £4,399
Kawasaki KLX250, £73.50 (x36)
Much like the Honda, the Kawasaki is a compromise - a very good one at that - when it comes to ride quality. It'll tackle green lanes or cities easily. The engine is dates back 20 years, which means performance isn't blistering - 70mph is about as good as you'll get and you have to try exceptionally hard to get the wheel spinning off-road.
Cash price: £4,293
Optional final payment: £5942
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