X-posting this from HUBB for some more feedback. Hi, I'm a 27 years old guy from the Netherlands. I've been travelling/living on and off in various countries in Central and South America since about 5-6 years, currently I'm in Brazil. After reading a lot of blogs and thinking about it, I have decided I really want to do this. My plan is to go to Chile early next year (January-February) buy a small motorcycle there and travel north to Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador and possibly farther. The problem is, apart from some 50cc automatic scooters, I have never driven a motorcycle in my life. On the way to CHile I'm going to pick up my driver's license in Paraguay where I have a residency visa there (long story) so that won't be a problem. Since you don't have to take a practical exam and motoescuelas are practically non-exist I will take lessons in Chile. The next part will be buying a bike, this is where I could really need some advice. I don't want to spend too much money and like I said I'm a totally newbie when it comes to this I think it's a good idea to get a <200cc. I will be mostly doing tarmac but also would like to do a fair bit of dirt and gravel tracks (maybe 60-40 tarmac/other), but I won't be going really offroad. Ideally the bike would be <$2000 but definately has to be <$3000. So far just from going on information of the internet I've come with following selection: -Honda CGL 125 Pro for about $1900 (that's the list price, from what I've read the real price is a bit lower than that after negotiating) It's the classic CGL with a bigger luggage rack and cute knobby tires. Pros: -Very reliable. -Parts everywhere available. -Luggage racks. -Long guarantee period and free technical check ups in Chile. Cons: -Ugly as hell (not that important but still) -Not really suitable for non-tarmac use but not as bad as the "normal CGL". -Uncomfortable -Suzuki GN-125H, ~$1800 list price. Pros: -Seems to have very low fuel consumption. -From what I've read is also quite reliable. -Not that ugly. -Tiny bit more HP than the CGL (9,7 vs 10,3) Cons: -Not very suitable for non-tarmac, altough I saw on the blog of those Belgium guys that they did the Carretera Austral and besides the front fender (or whatever you call those things) coming of they did fine. -Seems a bit smaller than the other ones. -Parts might be a bit harder to find than for the CGL but this houldn't be a problem. -Smaller tank (10l vs 13,2l CGL), but it has supposed to have better fuel consumption. -Euromot 200 GTX, ~$2100 list price. Hubb topic on this bike. Pros: -"Best Chinese bike out there" -Can handle dirt/gravel/sand better than the previous ones. -Has more CC's than the other ones, HP not listed on website though. Cons: -It is still Chinese and is notorious for having low quality spokes. -10l tank (not sure about consumption) -Over $2000, but just by a little. Honda 125XR, is listed with a discount on the website, now ~$2500: Pros: -Can also handle non-tarmac better. -A little bit more HP (11,4) than the other 125cc Cons: -Price The Yamaha YBR (G) might also be a good option, list price normal version ~$1900 and list price G, wich is the "enduro version" of this bike altough the suspention is exactely the same ~$2300. Some Argentinian guy took the "normal"version around the world on a 5 year trip. I'm about 1.78m so I guess I should be decently comfortable on most small bikes. My criteria from most important to less important are: 1. Price. 2. Reliability. 3. Consumption (MPG) 4. Riding on other surfaces than tarmac. 5. Looks. Thanks for reading hope you guys can help me!