Posted 05.05.2011 @ 5.11PM
sounds like a plan. changing tyres sucks until you've done it a few times - lot's of swear words and skinned knuckles. use lube (detergent, wd-40, window cleaner etc), cold tyres make it harder. on a dirt bike with 21" / 18" wheels, you can just carry a 21" tube and use it in the rear if you have to, to get you to the next stop.
carry quick-steel or similar for holed engine cases for when you drop your bike on a rock. carry a spare spark plug. you can get cable repair kits from Ballards for when you snap a cable. carry spare brake / clutch levers. a vice-grip will replace a broken gear/ foot brake lever temporarily. carry some electrical wire. rockymountainatv.com is a great site for tools and gear.
and the golden rule: there's not much you can't fix with duck tape and cable ties.
Posted 03.05.2011 @ 2.57PM
I've lived in China and seen what they do to their poor motorbikes! A high centre of gravity will make your ride less stable but yes, it can still be done and I've done plenty of kms with a back pack like that. If the goal is to triumph over adversity then there are all sorts of things you can do to make it tougher on yourself :)
Are you planning to carry any tools/ undertake any repairs yourself? What's your plan for flat tyres? (Honest questions, I'm intrigued. This is my kind of trip).
Posted 03.05.2011 @ 10.15AM
i'd still say an XR or XL 250. XL is the slightly more road friendly version. But CG/ CB Hondas are good, and like The Loon says they're all pretty good these days.
Definitely go Japanese, possibly with the exception of using what the locals ride. So Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki.
Posted 02.05.2011 @ 8.13PM
As a total motorbike head I completely agree with finding out what the local bike of choice is. Beyond that you can't go wrong with a Honda - if I had to choose it would be an XR650. Something dual-purpose would open up options. And you can eat miles on an XR650.
If you're eyeing up a specific model let me know.
Posted 04.03.2011 @ 11.25AM
Arrived, thanks Dave!