Give recent posts on situations recommending a good motor cycle for SHTF I thought I should share my experiences with bikes and pass on thoughts on set up and equipment. I started out with a used Triumph Tiger and my buddy with a used BMW 1200. At first we thought we were all set, the bikes had a lot of usable storage and good racks for gear. Experience quickly showed that these two bikes were the wrong choice. The biggest problem was the shear size and weight of the bikes. They were very hard to maneuver in tight situations and if you lay one down, it takes two people a lot of strength to get one back on it's wheels. they also lacked in ease of repair, and were more complex in there operation, both bikes were fuel injected, and run by computers with complex electrical systems that could render them un usable in an EMP or just a normal brake down. I spent a bunch of time looking at my options and talking it over with experts and those with a lot more experience then I, and came up with what ended up being a far better solution. Building a Duel Sport from an Enduro Bike! So I started looking for a good bike that wasn't to expensive and could serve as a solid bases for building into something far more useful. I found a killer deal on a 1992 ATK 350 E.S. that would work. ( for those that don't know, ATK are American built bikes) and Are built by hand one at a time using only the very best of equipment and a killer ROTAX engine! Think of a KTM only way, way better. I was able to licence it for street use ( again the main reason for getting a Enduro) and I started building! First thing, TIRES! Tires will make or break any build, I I did a ton of research and found the best tires to be the Heidenau K60's they are the only tire with a true 50/50 rating plus they have extreamly long tread life and they work well in the wet as well as every where else. All the other tire options are ether off road with a little street, or all street with a little off road! I then found a set of Excel rims and big brake conversion from a wrecked KTM 535 that would allow me to install these wider tires plus give me better brakes. Once this was done, I moved into the electrical system and I added the required lighting for street use, as well as a good set of hyper white head lights with a air faring. all lighting is with LED's and I can turn off all the lights so I can maintain stealthy operation. Next was exhaust. Stock ATK's have a very good exhaust that is surprisingly quiet,I removed the stock mufflers and installed a set of Super Traps with only two disks which made my bike almost silent! Then I had to add the rack system, I found that almost ALL Dirt Bike's will take a set of racks for a BMW 660 Duel Sport, From A Kawasaki Sherpa, to a Honda XL650, they all will take the BMW racks. Once I had the racks, I got the soft bags to fit these racks and added a tank bag. Combined with my Kelty Back pack, I have 16,800 cubic inches of storage space, and I can also cary 4 gallons of fuel in plastic tanks hung on the racks and the tail rack. THe weight of the bike stripped is 243 pounds with a full fuel tank, and all up weight is just over 380 pounds. I can pick the bike up off the ground by my self and I can actually carry it ( stripped of gear) for a short distance. Fuel range of this bike is 45 miles per gallon, and with 9 gallons of fuel, I can go aprox 400 miles. For any one interested in learning more, I can list parts resources, and share advice in converting a bike. My wife spent the better part of a year looking at and trying out a bunch of different bikes, and she ended up getting a really nice 2013 Husquvarna 530 Duel Sport and she and I added the tires and the racks to make it into a killer machine. Total weight of her bike stripped was 311 pounds, and all up weight is 440 pounds, but her bike gets 55 miles per gallon. Mine has had the engine rebuilt with a big bore kit that converts it to a 604 cc Thumper and I also installed a Recluse Auto clutch, my wife is wanting this clutch on her bike now, Really impressive what these can do and it is a game changer for any bike like these. Pictures to follow soon!