XR250, XR400 or XR400Motard??
I am at the very start of my planning of a around Africa trip, aiming for 2010 and im not sure which bike to use. After some research, i have come almost done a full circle. I narrowed it down to three bikes - the XR250 (again) XR400 (older version) or the XR400Motard. I am worried about the XR400 as it is only a kick start, and when it was getting below zero camping in the middle of Siberia, i could not kick start my xr250 - battery was flat and i had to flag down truck drivers to help push start my bike! What are your thoughts on the XR400 motard or fitting out the normal XR400 with a kick start? or do you have any other suggestions.
For my first trip through South East Asia and Russia and Mongolia, I used a XR250L but in the end i had a few problems, with piston rings, the cam chewing out the rocker and a few other minor problems that would come with using the bike 8 hours a day for ten months! It was a perfect bike in the sense, that it was light and not to height for me (not to put my self down or anything but I'm pretty short!). The only time, i felt like it wasn't responding how i would want it too was, when i was in Russia heading along the main road to Moscow - it didn't have the power for the motorway, i was full throttle, which i imagine will cause more wear and tear on the engine.
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