The road wasn't the problem, the off camber stop was what did it, she rode the tricky stuff very well but failed the stop ... just a shit happens moment.
If I were doing this trip by myself I would be on a DRZ400 with softies but 90 % of our trip is Adventure Travel rather than hardass Adventure Riding.
We are on a budget so we are still cooking our own as we enjoy it and we know what we get ... hopefully won't get too fat by eating out all the time too.
When we do some more serious stuff we lighten the load for sure but all our gear weighs about 1/3 of a passenger so we are not heavily loaded to start with.
Will have to come back to do the big round trip, Creel, Urique, Batoplias, Guachochi but will be on a ligher bike etc then.
We made the choice to go hard bags for waterproof and security so there is always a compromise.