by the way things are going, i won't be leaving Australia anytime soon. we're thinking on visiting South East Asia (one year away), to test the skills and abilities of travelling long distance, but no long or half way round the world yet. the bike is great for me, at least. it takes me where i want, i am not an off-road rider, but have been with my wife, on fire roads, enough to test me at this stage, i don't think that any 650's out there, unless DR650, xr650 or klr650 (maybe), ktm 640, are good for extreme terrains either. Do you really have to go down single tracks? most of the time we all ride on tarmac, anyway. so, it's good to know you can go offroad if needed.
fixing the bike overseas? everyone says DHL, UPS offer a great service