Slowriding, Jetspeed, Dr Strangelove, Stevel, Great advice guys, really appreciate it. Thank you for taking the time to contribute to this post. I have sent the post to the rest of the team to digest.
We will be doing a ride from South East Asia to Amsterdam on a mixture of bikes, GS, MultiStrada, Motoguzzi and one other bike. We are avoiding the terrible off-road sections in the Pamir mountains and sticking as much as possible to the asphalt. However, we will be unable to avoid some off-road gravel sections in Kyrgyzstan and Mongolia. The rest of the trip, which I think is about 90% of the road will be asphalt.
I did consider switching my bike to a 4yr old KTM Enduro 690 I found in the classifieds, but my GS LC is only 18 months old, and I've spent a small fortune to prep it for an 8k trip I just finished in south east asia. In Singapore now where I am, the GS is currently being sold by the truckload due to the fork issue and everyone seems to be switching away from the GS. Hence if I sell my GS, I'll lose a ton of money just to clear it off, not to mention having to spend more to prep it. Frankly speaking, though its a whale to pick up, I'm really in love with my GS..
I will most probably do the following based on all your advice
- PDF version of Haynes manual
- Cylinder Head protection
- Altrider skid plate
- BMW Motorrad Repair And Service Data ! (just learnt about this, thank you very much !)
- Plan out maintenance spots for the 10k servicing in between. Most likely in China.
- Experienced motorcycle mechanics at different parts of the journey.. in case I have to haul it there !
- Plan out where I can get spare parts and have it delivered to these mechanics
- The clutch, brake lever (I have the barkbusters installed)
- Any unnecc thing