Any bike is a great bike if it gets you out there. As well as a bash plate think about frame protectors where your heels rub. Storing the original exhaust and fitting an aftermarket model can also loose you some weight and gain a wee bit more power. Look at different types of tyres for the type of terrain you are mostly traveling on. Theres loads of info on the hubb re different types of luggage. Look them up as it will help you make up your mind on whats best for you.
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