Ultimate Colombia Bike. After careful consideration I am voting the KTM 690 Enduro my top choice. I admit to being brand prejudiced, but I think for good reason. I have owned a string of the EXC models back home and have a 390 Duke in Colombia now. Probably I have owned 5 times as many bikes of other makes - BMW, Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Maico, Can Am, Greeves. Everything has its purpose and all bikes are compromises. So what will work best in the adventure environment in Colombia ? I value highway power, lightness, off-road ability, serviceability, longevity, and price. Probably in that order. All the 650s qualify in power, but 250 and smaller do not. You can ride like a local on the shoulder of the road when going between towns and that would work too, but for maximum enjoyment you want to be able to dominate traffic. The 690 has 77 hp, by far the most of all the 650s. Typical japanese 650 singles have around 48 hp by comparison. It would be the obvious choice for a drag race - and should do very well in the mountains. For lightness this bike also wins by a huge margin. Even beats my current 390 by 10 lbs. At 310 lbs dry it is lighter than my Honda CRF250L too. This is important when maneuvering into hotel and hostel lobbies. I have had to lift my 390 once already. It worked, but it was a handful, and is already one of the lightest fast bikes out there. A 450 lb bike would have had to stay outside or go find a garage. Other problems with the heavy bikes is how slow they react in dirt riding and how hard they are to pick up when dropped. For off-road ability, you need to be able to run good knobbies, preferably in the 18/21 spoked rim sizes. Mostly you find that combination of wheels on real dirt bikes and never on a street bike. Decent knobs are available for the smaller sizes favored by dual sport bikes, but they are usually quite expensive. Because of the wheel choice, and also for it's suspension, the KTM would be the best off-roader in the herd. The above three criterion are all performance related. So for performance I rate the KTM an easy #1. The other three criterion relate to value. And here you have to determine if all that performance is worth it. Anything can be serviced. But some things (brands) are easier than others. By sales volume, the top brands are Yamaha, Bajaj, Honda, Suzuki and BMW. All of them have dealers in all the major cities. KTM is not in the top few here so parts and service will be harder to find. Medellin and Bogota are major centers for KTM with numerous dealers, but this is not the case in outlying areas. KTM gets a "B" grade on serviceability. Longevity is my next criterion. And I think, from some experience, and what I read, BMWs usually last the longest, with the Japanese brands close behind. Bajaj and KTM further behind. I would expect the 690 to go 50,000 miles before a major tear down, but the big BMWs and Japanese bikes should do double that. I think the reason for a shorter life for the KTMs is that they produce a lot more power for their size and therefore wear out faster. It's a tradeoff. So you have to factor in the cost of a rebuild earlier - if you go for the KTM for the long long term. And price. The KTM 690 is probably the most expensive, at around $12,000 new in the states. Probably $13,000 in Colombia. But I found a used one for less than I paid for my Duke. It is a 2012 model with 14,000 km (8000 mi). It is in Bogota on Mercado Libre for 19,500,000 pesos ($6100), link here: https://moto.mercadolibre.com.co/MC...cking_id=0acf586d-405e-45b5-9b10-b015a50e5a97 The first KTM 690s came out in 2008. The first major upgrade was in 2012 when they went from 650 to 690cc. 2012 and 2013 are the only ones without ABS. With what I know now, I would buy used. From a dealer there would be no issues. From an individual, you include in the price, the help of the seller to get it registered. That way any taxes or fines outstanding on the vehicle get paid before you finalize the deal.