A KLR might be a better choice for you given your size. German engineering could be a real pain in the ass to deal with on such a long trip. But it has been done many times. One thing you should get out of your mind is any pose factor you have lurking back there. We all have it . The equipment you select should be chosen with a logical military mission in mind . Whats going to get the job done in the easiest efficent manner.