Sorry for the slow replies everyone been a Really crazy week.
The notable people worth watching Cliffa are Austin Vince, he uses a 250l currently and they took xr400s to the Sahara in an amazing film called mondo sahara thats on amazon video to rent or buy
An itchyboots if you havnt heard of her is super worth a watch she's currently in Morocco having gone through southern America on hers.
It should be interesting as with the ktm 390s the himmy an the crf300 that's 3 out of the 4 semi lightweight travel bikes that we've had without going into full on Enduro options or the husky 710.
The biggest appeal of the Honda is the bulletproof engine so all being well should be a reliable platform for the trip the suspension is it's weak point though.
I can't cover the issues at the mo as it gets collected this Friday but the Himalayan has gone back under our consumer goods acts which protect us as purchasers in the uk if there's issues or something isn't fit for purpose the dealer up to now has been great and understanding about things that happened that shouldnt have with it an have accepted rejection which means a full refund.
All being well I should have the Honda really soon as its ready to collect.