Dumb question: Could a properly armored and knobby-shod VStrom make the same trip? The ground clearance on a Dakar is not that much better, and it has only a little more suspension travel than the Strom
I would say yes, if you were willing to skip about 50 miles of difficult trails out of the 1800 miles we rode from Canada to New Mexico. The only disclaimer here is the weather. Some of these roads would be unrideable in a heavy rain. I think L2L will mention this in his report about the next 2 days of our ride.
This was not a highly technical or difficult ride from a dirt riding standpoint, it is an incredibly beautiful and remote ride. It places you in some of the most beautiful and remote country we have available to us. The pictures you see here are not the execption, we could have taken these photo's almost anytime at any place on the trip.
Jim in Sacramento