When people talk about which bike is better for a given set of conditions, there is one element which is always missing. And that is the operator. Knowledge of the bike itself, and how to operate it causing the least amount of wear on the bike. So if a master mechanic and a 18 year old kid took the same bike on a 10,000 mile trip, pretty sure the master mechanic that knew the bike inside and out would have a better chance of keeping the bike running than the kid.... So before a big trip, buy all the latest bling, but take the time to know your bike well, and what ever weak points that model has. I have had a lot of different bikes in a lot of remote locations ( all over Asia ), and usually always managed to keep the bike going.