For the first few thousand miles of our journey, Roz and I rode dual-sport motorcycles – bikes that can be ridden both on and off road.
After 3500 miles, Roz confessed the riding was too challenging to enjoy. As a new rider, Roz enjoyed bombing around logging roads on a DR200, but the step up to a fully loaded 650 just wasn’t fun anymore. Keen to go south regardless, we sold the motorcycles and bought an old small truck instead. This meant less worries for both of us and, I think, made for a better trip in the end. But I’m still going to ride down to South America one of these days.
Introducing, “Yuki”, our 1987 Suzuki Samurai. We bought it with 100K miles on it in Tuscon for $2500 and spent another grand on tires and fresh fluids. With minimal modifications, we hit the road. It’s been an amazing vehicle.