I dabbled in motocross (100 cc class) in high school and in 2010 I rode a Suzuki DR650 on 2,000 miles of dirt roads while doing the Continental Divide Trail.
We rode hills, flats, steep hills, curves, and hills with curves. Surfaces included sand, rocks, hard-pack dirt, rutted and "corrugated" dirt, double track dirt, double track sand, double track w'rocks - and 3" deep powerdly dust on the south edge of Yellowstone that splashed like water and hung in the air so long the next rider had to follow at a 3/4's mile distance.
You get the idea ... it was diverse terrain to say the least.
At my level of rider skill the DR is as large a bike as I would take on that type of ride. In hindsight a Yamaha WR250 would have been ideal, but we also rode the bikes across country to get to the Rockies.
Yes, we're idiots - but I still would not do the dirt sections of the same ride on a VStrom.
That's just me, of course. If this thread goes long enough someone will eventually tell you it is the perfect bike for what you are describing.
PS: - I forgot to mention the water crossings...
Current rides: 2001 GL1800, 2014 DL650 Adventure; Gone away: 5 BMW's, 4 Honda's, 2 Suzuki's
"The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -Marcus Aurelius
Last edited by basketcase; 05-30-2017 at 06:41 AM.
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