Guess l should have went into more detail on what l was planning on doing.Several friends are planning on going to ride to the Alaskan Coast June-July of next year.The hardest part of the journey (from what l understand) will be riding the Dalton Hwy in Alaska.From what l have found out so far a 650 will work the best. @hornedogg79 hit it close to what I'm looking for in a bike.
I haven't been on a motorcycle in a number of years,but have enough time to get reacquainted with one and make sure the bike is in top condition.Just a matter of finding the best one out there.Peter Waldren has taken several trips on a duel sport,so he might be a good one to contact.
Keep the comments and suggestions coming! Much appreciated
April is RXV converted or an SXV, if you can find someone willing to let one go. I had a 450, the 550 is just ridiculous. Fast revving, liberal service intervals, great suspension, Magura hydraulic clutch, etc. MXV450 was gnarly enough to get the Japs to petition the AMA to ban it from MX racing. Have fun whatever you get.
One of the KTM adventure style bikes may be your best bet! I spent some time on a supermoto KTM500exc recently. It's super nimble and pure fun compared to my RC8, nowhere near the performance, but I couldn't wipe the smile off my face!! Electric start, super smooth and easy to ride; but I don't know that I'd want to spend a ton of time on it long distance. It was pretty tapped out going down the interstate too...it would certainly be at home on the dirt though!
Getting the search narrowed down.lt looks like the Suzuki 650 Vstrom is the best bang ($$$) and reliable duel sport bike.Seems like that is the overall choise for my use.
Detail and feature wise,l'm looking for used,one with hard cases,ABS,guards for the engine and exhaust.The private sellers for the most part are all mature adult riders.Seems like no one really younger rides them. @The OCD Garage,Boyer l like the Triumph,but there doesn't seem to be a large used market for them.My other feeling is finding a Suzuki dealer will probably be easier and cost wise on the road.
Been looking at several Vstrom's and a couple bmw's but after reading,the bimmer's are not as reliable as they used to be.Also,a Suzuki or other jap bikes will be easier to get worked on when riding in parts unknown