I came across an article about a "budget" ADV motorcycle build out starting with a DS650. The "budget" the author had was $9K. I have nowhere near that. A middle class worker with kids I am not going to get to spend that kind of money on a bike. So I started thinking about what my "budget" was for the bike I am putting together. This is what I came up with: 92 TDM with 32K well maintained (owned by someone who worked at the Yamaha dealer): 2000 New 80/20 tires after many hours scouring ebay, amazon, and every moto tire site: 150 New fork seals, installed with dust covers: 260 New thermostat, o-ring, oil, filter etc: 75 New turn signals 10 Luggage rack, new 279 Luggage, used 275 mounting hardware 26 recover seat and add some height 250 misc- new plugs, fuel line, farkle unforseen, beer for wrenching etc 200 Total 3525 The idea is to build it up over the course of the summer one thing at a time and have a complete bike by the end. I figure that I will end up with a bike at least 1/3 as good as the budget DS650. So far I have the thermostat replaced, fork seals replaced, new tires on and a line on some luggage. My question is, if you were on a budget ADV build, what special features would you consider required for a bike you would take out in to the big empty places?