Hi, I don't think I've posted on this site before... more or less just lurking... but I've been considering doing a ride trip from Alberta Canada down to the bottom end of South America... sure this is waaaay off in the distance right now... but I am considering bikes... I currently have a 97 VZ800 Suzuki Marauder and a 06 SV650s... I might get a 3rd or just sell the marauder and get a dual sport... What I am looking for is some opinions on super reliable bikes that can take a bit of a beating and keep on going, plus that can still be fixed by some small town bike mechanic in the middle of south america or central america somewhere... I've thought a bit about the 1000cc VStrom but have been ruling them out as they sit even higher than my SV650 does and that would make it a bit more difficult to manage in off road conditions since they are a fair bit heavier than my SV... (I'm only 5'7 and have a 30" Inseam to my pants) also been thinking about an older GS but to me it seems the less technology, the better.... Heavy is not as big of a deal for me as I've been into weight lifting and bodybuilding for years... so picking up a heavier bike is not so much of a concern to me.... but it does make it harder maneouvering and on the crap roads I want to be able to get parts pretty much anywhere or gerry-rig something that will work to get me somewhere I can get the right parts without much issue. So I may look at the 650 VStrom... as I am very familiar with the SV and they are quite similar in a lot of ways... but what else should I be looking into that would be a good choice for Latin America? would a DR be better? I'd rather the bike be a bit more road oriented than a dirt bike mostly because it would be used for touring and crappy dirt roads rather than forest trails and river crossings So... what would you go with as your top 5 bikes to look at for this kind of thing?