I just finished 5,000 miles through Mexico and I had a great time on my Versys. I did about 150 miles of Dirt/Sand roads as well. The Versys did well. I was on the heavy side for deep sand and deep rutted roads (700lbs = Bike, Luggage, Myself). Perfect for gravel, dirt, light sand and whatever else your experienced enough or crazy enough to take on.
I did bottom out the front end on some surprise potholes and the topos or speed bumps are everywhere and can be quit a jolt. I have a skid plate, and in some towns such as Batopilas the topos were so high that the bike rocked on the plate every time i went over the topos.
The bike rode smooth on the long hauls and is plenty fast. No mechanical problems at all.
One thing to keep in mind about road travel in Mexico, you will be riding on dirt at some point. There will all ways road construction, detours etc... Its usually going to be short but there were times i hit 10 miles of dirt road detours. They arent so bad in the daytime but at night it is difficult to navigate detours much less paved roads. Stick to the daylight, watch your gas gauge, and ride the whole country with a smile. The people of Mexico are the best.
I think Barkbusters and the Sw Mototech crashbars have been my best investments that ive made. I have been down several times in the dirt,sand, and once I took a 40 foot slide on the highway. My bike has suffered no damage except scratches to the guards. I did break my windshield and snapped a footpeg in half on the long slide, but thats it!
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