Bike with a budget
A good friend ( non english speaker)of mine is looking to travel arround Africa and also SA , that will be is first long motorcycle trip when he ask me wich bike to pick for a trip two up and a mid budget ($12000 max fully equipped) I advised him to pick between few model model. ( he is 6F tall,190 pound, wife is rather small ,no clue about mechanic).
1)KLR650 -(+) cheap , easy on and off road,tons of part, easy to fix
(-) maybe not confortable for pillon,slow on HWY
2)DR650- (same as KLR650 with less parts )
3)Vstroom- (+)Molly like it, great review,tons of power,modern bike,confort for pillon++ ,lot of accessorie,fast on HWY,solid engine.
(-)not sure about it Off road,lot off electronic ,injection.
4)BMW650-(+) great bike all arround , ton of accessories,ABS
(-)very expensive ,lot off electronic ,injection, no sure about confort for pillon
The bike need to be available in the US as he will buy it within two weeks and should leave from here for the hollydays.
He will prefere to buy new rather than a bigger older bike ?,his biggest fear is problem that he cannot fix on the road and confort for the pillon.