Thanks Michael, bike's in excellent condition despite couple of trips to the Yukon and Alaska. Gee, I've not had any trouble carrying gas can on back. It's pretty standard equipment way north. I've ridden across Washington twice now, coming back, with gas can with no attention from leos whatsoever. On the Alaska ferry this last time, however, the purser asked me to check the empty can in at their onboard hazardous material storage. No big deal. I've got to have to be blunt about the windscreens. I think the Clearview shield for the Transalp is a piece of shit and the company gave no thought whatsoever in its design. It is turbulent as hell and, for a dual-sport screen, it comes back in your face too far. I paid the two prices those bastards wanted for it, tried it and pitched the damn thing in a dumpster!! The National "Cheeta" screen was a huge improvement over both stock and clearview. It's wider at top, but there is still minor buffeting at top of helmet. Your idea of setting the windscreen off from the cowling is a good one. I saw a picture of a KTM 950 in recent thread on this site where the stock windscreen was offset maybe only 1/4" from cowl, with nylon washers. I think that would be sufficient, and actually might give that a try myself. The water crossing was in the NWT, on the old Canol Road. Once into the NWT on this road, the old timber WWII bridges have fallen in, so you have to cross the streams and rivers until you just chicken out! My boots were the only thing to take on water. If I can find it I'll post another pic from that road in this thread.