What bike to buy in Dakar for novice planning trip in West Africa
I'm working in Dakar, Senegal and planning a trip to Mali and possibly beyond early next year.
I've ridden bikes while travelling in the past but have never owned one and know nothing about maintenance so want something reliable, easy to ride, easy to fix and cheap to run.
Roads here aren't terrible but aren't great and there will probably be a fair amount of off-roading.
A friendly mechanic in Dakar has recommended a Yamaha XTE600. Is this a good recommendation? Do I need an engine that big? In terms of getting spare parts is there any one make that would be better in Senegal?
Any advice would be gratefully received.
I don't have a motorbike license but have been told that if I get a license here it will be valid across the EU (including the UK). Anyone know if that's true? (can figure this one out for myself, bike advice more welcome!)