Hi guys, Some time back I posted a thread outlining my plan to ride with a friend from Alaska to Argentina. We leave London in April of 2012. The original thread can be found here: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=692685 We were both overwhelmed by the responses we had and fully appreciated the time everybody took to reply. Thanks to the advice given, we have now definitely decided to buy out in the Americas (preferably Alaska) rather than shipping from the UK. Since my previous thread, we have completed an awesome trip through the Indian Himalayas on a couple of rented Royal Enfields in to give us a taste of the kind of riding we may expect from out big trip next year. (If anyone is interested in such a trip, take a look at our YouTube clip here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tRMMDYryRM and feel free to message me for advice.) The trip involved some hairy off road patches and it really made us both realise just how much more enjoyable it may have been if we were on some small, light dirt style bikes like a Suzuki DRZ400 S or something similar. I love the thought of travelling light and hunting down the dirt roads as and when we can. Our budget is still around the £3000/£3500 mark but knowing what we know now, we have a whole load of new questions we need to answer. Perhaps you can help. - Availability. How likely is it that we will be able to arrive in Alaska and expect to find two DRZ's in our price range suitable for such a ride? Will we be able to source spares for the bikes even down in South America? - Highway cruising. We know there will inevitably be a lot of tarmac on this trip. How will the DRZ400 S hold up? Top speed, fuel consumption, handling etc. Perhaps the DRZ SM (super moto edition) would be a more appropriate choice. We could then fit dirt tyres when we get down to the really rural areas. -Gearing Perhaps we need to consider gearing the bike differently for the highways. Does anybody have any advice on ratios? - Custom Tanks. From what I understand, this seems like a sensible move. - Comfort. From reading other threads it would seem that many people suggest fitting a custom seat. Any recommendations? Is it realistic to expect to be able to spend an entire day on a DRZ 400? I’m sure it doesn’t compare to a KLR or something like that but is it feasible? - Luggage. How suitable is the DRZ for fitting panniers. We’re happy to go with soft luggage options if necessary but where should we be looking for luggage racks? Any responses will be really appreciated. Pete.