Well go from the ground up on this one. I started the trip on some half spent Pirelli MT21s that I really didnt care for and packed my Maxxis Desert IT for the front and a Dunlop D606 for the rear (all in stock sizes). Absolutely loved the tires. They perform very well on road and are still quite aggressive for the dirt/sand action. I also got 10,000 miles out of the set which I consider pretty darn good. I used the stock brake pads which still have about 25% left. I ran a stock front sprocket and JT steel rear (15/44). If I were to do it again I would probably opt for a 15/41 for better highway speeds. You could even carry a 14 tooth front sprocket and swap it out for places like Bolivia or for serious offroad work. I think the clutch could still handle the 15/41 for the entirety of the trip. As you know I required sprocket and chain changes. Al rode his sprockets/chain (exactly the same as mine) for the entire trip. I am just a bit more aggressive and I like wheelies. I ran a Tonnes skid plate which I believe is about the best you can get. Change oil with it on, provides good coverage to the bottom, the waterpump, and the stator cover. Made from 3/16 aluminum it is very heavy duty and did its job on a few occasions. I cant remember the brand but I have oversized footpegs which I wouldnt go without the stockers are tiny. I used the TT aluminum side case covers which are a must and a lot of companies make the exact same thing. I used a stainless steel oil filter and only removed it to clean with solvent and compressed air every other oil change (changed oil every 2,000 2,500 miles). I also put in a magnetic drain plug. Some say the stock one is magnetic but the difference between the one I installed and the stocker is HUGE. Full MRD exhaust was installed. My bike was able to idle better than Als at higher altitudes probably because of this but the main reason I did it was to save a little weight. I found it used for $225 .i wouldnt bother buying it new. The 2000 and 2001 came with really soft shitty front suspension that I absolutely hated and put on some stock 2006 forks from an S model that made a world of difference. Other than that the suspension was stock .I did adjust preload and valving to suit the load though. Also on the first two years the ACCT was porely designed. Some also think that the newer models ACCT is an area of failure but I just replaced it with a 2005 model ACCT because I didnt want to deal with adjusting it. Before leaving a took the side case covers off and performed all of the Loctite Fixes that you can find on Thumpertalk. Al didnt do any of them and he survived but mine being an early model I figured it should be done. I also installed a kickstarter which I have not used to this day. Probably because I also modified the battery box and installed an oversized Yuasa YTZ10S battery which always fired the engine .more than Al can say about his stocker that liked to go dead in cold temps. I pulled the rear linkage apart and applied fresh grease for fear of it freezing up. The 3x3 mod with JD jetting was done on both bikes and they really perform better. Safari 17L tank .Ive talked about this enough that I think you know I really like it. Probably should have gone with the 28L after seeing how narrow the 17L still is. And you know in Mexico I had to order in a new Petcock from Pingle along with a vacuum operated valve so that I didnt have to remember to turn it off everywhere. The Safari petcock is shit. I think it comes from IMS. The pingel stuff is very solid. Custom seat built for my ass by Don at Eds moto in Albany, Oregon. Nothing but good to say about it. I have the DRC LED taillight along with small LED blinkers on front and rear. They worked great. Al only had the stock brake light bulb go out once on him. Up front I have the HDB handguards with ADV top clamp and fold out mirrors. I love the whole setup. Quite pricey but I think I would be missing my left hand (and certainly bent handlebars) from the crash in Panama had I not had such a beefy setup. On my left clutch perch I have a 1 ram ball mount threaded into the hole where the mirror used to mount for my GPS. On the right perch I have a 1 ball used to mount a gopro. I also have the HDB aluminum holder for my Veypor digital readout. I really appreciated having a tachometer as well as an odometer that reads in KM if desired. All of this is obviously not necessary but I really really like have a nice cockpit. I fabricated the rear rack and side racks for the bike. They worked great. I also built brackets that moved my headlight forward about 3. This allowed me to mount a small Pelican case right behind the headlight fairing. Inside the Pelican case is the PC8 relay/fuse box. From this I power a USB charger, a powerlet (mounted in the HDB top clamp), my GPS, my SPOT Tracker, my heated handgrips (must have these .very nice), and a voltage meter. Last but not least I have Galfer stainless break line on the front .never got around to installing the rear. Probably not necessary. I think that about wraps everything up. Is this what you guys are looking for? I will have more opinions on the gear but everything I did to the bike worked well and most of it was probably overkill. Al did this whole trip with an almost completely stock bike.