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Subject: Re: Travel bikes Date: 8/16/2011 11:28 AM
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Depends what type of riding you expect to do and what type of performance you want, reliability, fuel range, mileage etc.

In addition to the KTM (I'm assuming either 690 or 990 adventure.......?? personally I'd put these lower on my list due to cost & some reliability issues) KLR and V-strom(both good choices & much cheaper to buy & huge aftermarket support), there's;

Suzuki DR650 & Honda XR650L(reliable and dirt simple air cooled)

Suzuki DRZ 400 - will do it all once known bugs are addressed & it's setup properly. (huge aftermarket support)

Yamaha WR250 - smaller but will cruise at highway speeds all day long & is nimble, reliable, versatile and fuel efficient. Needs some setup to do long trips.
These cover much of the smaller end of the scale, which personally I prefer, as I'd rather have a lighter, more nimble bike.

On the larger, heavier, more expensive end, there's;

BMW F800

Honda Veradero

Yamaha Super Tenere (new to the market, less aftermarket support & unknown reliability)

If you haven't already, I'd set aside about 300 hrs and go to www.advrider.com and poke around the ride reports, regional forums, bike discussions etc. Well worth your time, quite entertaining and good info to be found.
Also- if you're riding in a particular area- it doesn't hurt to check out the local Dual-sport and trailrider websites/forums for local info etc.. Many states/provinces and countries have them ie.
www.odsc.on.ca (Ontario)
http://www.dualsportbc.com/ (British Columbia)
http://www.dualsport-sd.com/ (San Diego & So Cal area)
Just some examples......
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