I am planning a trip from Wyoming to southern tip of S. America which I will depart for in October of 2014. Lots of time to plan, for sure, but I'd like to buy the bike this summer or maybe early fall. So I have thought about a few different bikes over the past couple months. Most recently the one I have been thinking hard about is a Suzuki DR200. The reasons I find this bike tempting are as follows... A. Time tested engine (reliable) B. After market guards/racks/ etc. C. Good gas mileage with an acceptable size stock tank D. Only around $4,000 brand new My questions/concerns are as follows... 1. If (when) shit happens to bike, would this be a bike where parts can be reasonably easily obtained in Cent/South America for repair? 2. Small engine, so will I be getting run over by traffic due to lack of top speed when loaded down for travel? I'll leave it at that for now. I don't mind packing light and doing the minimalist thing, I don't mind riding at 45-55 cruising speeds, and I don't mind people poking fun at me for riding a baby bike. My primary concern at this stage is if this bike, being low on speed and power, is a bit of a dangerous choice for a trip like this. I've read a lot of the DR200 thread in 'thumpers', but decided to post here to get the thoughts of those who have travelled extensively through the Americas. Thanks so much for any advice and suggestions!