These are two very well documented and positive accounts of the KTM
I would not worry so much about the bike having a problem, but rather the logistics and comfort of putting two people and their gear loaded onto a very small space for a VERY long trip.
Honestly, I feel the KTM is too small, too compact. You would have to travel very very light. And where will your wife put her hair dryer and make-up kit
Just kidding of course.
I never believed the KTM 950 could do well in technical dirt riding but after doing a couple rides in the last few months with my buddy riding his 950...well I am a believer. I honestly believe you could make it almost anywhere a single could go on the 950. And imagine how much more comfort you will have? And room for your stuff...camera, clothes, food, tools, parts, hair dryers... and a 1000 other things.
Yes, more work for the pilot but you will learn to handle it.
I think the most important thing regarding parts and the KTM, is to have a dealer/friend in Mexico you can email and have him send out parts right away
to you. Or maybe a really well stocked dealer in the USA? If you set all this up before you leave, open an account, have the money and shipping figured out, then it is no worse than any other bike. Even if my Suzuki breaks I most likely have to order from Suzuki, which also takes time. They have some Suzuki's in S. America but mostly odd models. KTM dealers are there but limited. (Mexico,
Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela?) So in the end its equal pain in the ass to get parts, no?
If you want a really good custom seat for the KTM...any KTM...see Renazco Racing in Santa Rosa, California.
Renazco Dual Sport Seats
James Renazco does beautiful work and his seats are like a dream compared to the stock plank.
Best of luck....I hope your wife is as tough as you are!
!Que le via bien!