Didn't really know where I should post this topic, so sorry if its in the wrong place.
Anyway my wife and I are very keen to start exploring the world by motorbike
after our daughter heads overseas for a year on a student exchange in August 2007.
But we need to take things a little step at a time.
My wife doesn't really have any motorbike riding experience (except she is a Swinger on a Speedway bike!!) so I need to find her a bike that she will be able to handle on and off the tarmac.
Her build and height is quite small so I am thinking a 250
I have an XR250 trail bike at the moment, and thought about modifying this and then getting another one for her, but with the electric start so we both have the same bikes.
The XR250 is a relatively cheap bike, the one I brought was a 1996 model, but hadn't really ever been used, it was a commuter bike to work and was owned by one owner, it had only done 4,000km and was fully road legal.
Our plan is to initially start on smaller day trips, then progressing to longer overnight trips, before heading out to explore the entire South Island over a few weeks.
Now I anticipate that the majority of our riding will be on the tar and gravel roads, but I do know lots of trails off-road that we need to explore.
This will be allow us to unload the luggage and go off exploring the more adventurous trails here in NZ.
I realise that the XR250 is quite light, and perhaps not quite as comfortable, so will it stand up to the rigors of long travel, and carrying the extra weight? Panniers etc?
I would really appreciate any hints or tips that you may have before I decide one way or the other?
I really want to know things like
Can you get a bigger fuel tank?
Will the frame be strong enough?
For the New Zealand tours I think the bikes will be suitable as I dont expect to be travelling more than 200-300km a day, but I am thinking of a more leisurely pace
I would ideally love the 650 Dakar, but I need to wait and ensure she is confident before we make such a commitment.
Do you think we are heading in the right direction?