[QUOTE]Originally posted by edseven:
There is little doubt that the BMW is a great bike, but it is more of a " Tour Europe and look great " bike than anything else. Extremely heavy and computerised fuel injection - the latter is not something you want getting blocked or broken in the middle of Africa. However, keep the system clean and you should be fine. If you feel confident about servicing, or want an easy to work on bike, consider the Transalp ( Honda XL650V ), very economical but water cooled ( more plumbing ) and woefully overpriced, or the Yamaha XT600 - as simple as they come and available in Britain for 3.000 sterling.