@JustKip - I am not changing my tune at all. Preaching to the choir meant about the chain being lubed. I agree it's a necessary task. I still very much believe that for a long trip you should be packing a chain and sprockets. But a long trip to me is 4k+. Shit happens. If you're just a day trip rider, it's moot, no reason to worry about it. You'll always have plenty of notice that the chain/sprockets are going to need some attention. I do agree that my wife's chain maintenance is not ideal, imho. But I also know that no matter what you do, sometimes a chain suffers a shorter life than you may expect. And that you don't find a Triumph dealer as commonly as other dealers. You can score a chain pretty easily, and if you carry the tools to break the chain and install a master link, (I won't use a clip master, only rivet), it's not a trip ender, but you might get stuck waiting if you have to get the sprockets shipped to you. It's just cheap insurance to carry the spares. Would you go off riding w/o flat repair tools? Same thing to me. @eakins - I agree with the DID chain. On the DR650 - Load it up with hard cases and gear and come for a ride. I promise to wait for you when you can't make the hills or the wind bitch slaps you down to 3rd gear. Remember the OP was talking about That says loaded up pretty good to me, not just a giant loop and a camelback. YMMV Hopefully the OP will have a ton of fun on what ever he ends up on and it will meet his needs.