Back on the forum for the first time since 2006 when I rode my ST1100 Pan European 17,000 miles across the US from East Coast to West Coast and back. When I returned to the UK I bought a BMW R100GS-Paris Dakar and put it to one side as I intended to restore it and go for a 'big ride' in the future. The dreams 'The Long Way Round' started. Well six years later and reality has set in. A Big Ride costs money, lots of it. Time is no problem as I'm retired, but money is important as I'm on a pension. And no I'm not about to rent our house out. With reluctance the Pan will have to go. She's monsterishly heavy and i've always struggled to reach the ground. So now is the time to do something with the BMW. As I intend to strip the bike down to paint the frame, what are the general feelings about strengthening the frame? And where and how should this be done? Around the head stock? I have no intention of crossing deserts or even going off road much but I can see that the rear subframe, especially with heavily loaded panniers might prove a slight weakness. Your thoughts, Gentlemen. PS I've tried a 'Search' but nothing comes up.