More and more ADV'ers going for smaller bikes for long range rides. Who has ridden a 250cc bike down to Argentina? ... or across Africa? Is this a sane idea? And what about one of the new Chinese 250's? If you've done long range, high miles riding on a 250, would you do it again? Which bike is best for day after day abuse, fully loaded, racking up around 20,000 to 25,000 miles? Which is MOST reliable and least maintenance intensive? Which bike is practical and cost effective to upgrade to make it a true long range travel bike? Which bike can handle a heavy load on rough terrain for MONTHS? Think about Fuel capacity; MPG and RANGE. Would one have to haul Aux fuel tanks everywhere? ... or buy a $800 tank from Australia? Would an older KLR250, 250 Super Sherpa, XT250, XT225 Serow, DR200 or 250, XR250L be a better bet ? ... or better to go with one of the newer 250's? (KLX, WR250, CRF-L). Why? I had a newish KLX250S for a month, so I have time on that machine. (was selling for a friend) Briefly rode the WR250 too, impressive but very expensive. I've not ridden the new Honda CRF250L ... but reports are not great. Heavy, poor suspension, cheap components and added complexity of F.I. I did major upgrades on a friends CRF230 ... like it a lot. But no sub frame. The Wild Card bikes here come from China. Many new Chinese dual sports flooding the market both in the USA and in Latin America. Are ALL of them as bad as we imagine? Or are there a few GEMS among the Junk?