Originally Posted by milzispete
I think manufacturers are just taking the piss out of us. if you buy a round the world adventure bike it shouldn't need much doing to it surely !!!
You wouldn't spend 16k on a Yamaha R1 and then just eat Sh!t and spend money to make it go above 100mph now would you.
An R1 is essentially a race bike, and the rules and requirements to successfully produce that sort of machine are well-defined by racing rules, and well-honed by racing success.
The problem is that there is no such thing as a "round the world adventure bike". If there were, and if there was a market to warrant producing such a thing, perhaps some manufacturer would offer one.
Of course, this being ADVRider, there would have to be many different versions of the round the world adventure bike, since there would be many different requirements. Some impossible combination of fast, light, stable, huge-fuel range, infrequent service needs with minimal parts & specialized tools, reliable as a hammer, good off-road, good on-road, good 2-up, hauls freight like a camel, tolerates poor quality fuel, common tire sizes & type, etc., etc.
So for each of us, a "round the world adventure bike" might be some specialized version of:
Mission impossible, of course but it sure is fun reading about other folks mods and bikes and trips here on ADVRider!