Hello, I am looking for a light but powerful adventure bike that is capable of traveling long distances (I want to travel to North Afrika and later across Asia). I have experience in traveling on motorcycles but I never went outside Europe or to any remote areas. What do I want? My focus is more on off-road capability than on comfort. The bike has to be lightweight (<160kg dry) but should have at least 50hp. Also important is the reliability, and I don’t want to change oil more often than every 10k km. All of that doesn’t leave many bikes left and my favourites are the 690 Enduro R and the G650X Challenge. But I need help to decide which one is better for me. (The last thread discussing these two is from 2009 so I thought I'd create a new one.) My budget would allow any G650X or a 690 Enduro R up to 2013. So here’s what I'm thinking: Let’s start with the BMW, which I like more. It has a great and nearly bulletproof engine and good suspension. Also it’s FI is very reliable and it doesn’t has CANBUS (afaik). But it’s a rare and discontinued model, and it might be very difficult to find spare parts especially when you’re stuck in the middle of nowhere. Another downside is the lack of aftermarket parts (I was looking for the Touratech fueltank and there are only 3 left worldwide?!). The 690 is the better bike on the paper, but the earlier years have some serious issues. Also it’s a more modern bike with more modern electronics (CANBUS) that in my eyes are more problematic than useful. But since it was build for a longer period it may be easier to get parts (spare and aftermarket). The carb conversion would be something to consider to avoid CANBUS problems, but that still leaves the mechanical problems of the LC4. I also checked different forums only for KTM/LC4 and there are many people who have engine failures at very low mileage. I would like to trust that engine but I can’t really. But more owners make more people to complain so how bad are the 690 engines really? I rode both and they are both great on their own. I can’t decide on which one rides better. So it comes down to the mechanics.