One thing was immediately clear to us, with our road bikes we rode (Ducati Multistrada 1200S), we are not going to make this trip. Much too heavy and too advanced electronics to be able to do maintenance easily on the road.
The clear preference is to have two of the exact same bikes, so we can share spare parts and only have to get to know one type of bike. After reading many reports from others and looking at bikes for sale, we settled on the Yamaha XTZ660 Ténéré.
On October 13, 2018, the time had come, at MotorCenter Venlo there were two Yamaha's of the same year and only a slightly different color. With Moes we were able to make a nice deal, with which we are now able to gain experience with the bikes and get to know them better.