Well just come back from a month in Iceland, having covered about 3000 miles. Most of it offroad. I was on a KTM 640 Adventure, but the wife wanted a bike with less power & a lower seat height.
After a year with a Harley MT350 I was pretty sure it would be perfect for her in Iceland.
YES IT WAS.
There was nothing the KTM could do that the MT350 didn’t manage, including Force 8 gales, river crossings, sand, stones, rocks & snow. Its not the fastest thing but it just does anything, the offroad Land Rover of the bike world.
Yes the forward panniers worked a treat. Limited to 15kg each side, I genuinely think they are better than rear ones. Its easier to foot offroad as your legs don’t get smashed against the boxes and they act as brilliant leg protectors.
The only problems I had was a lost the centre stand spring & had to put a small hole in auxiliary fuel tank I added. (Check www.tourtank.com.
Great tanks & a picture of the MT350 on this site)
In all I would thoroughly recommend the MT350, just make sure you spanner them before any trip!!