Hey everybody! Finally getting around to starting this RR that I've been putting off for the last few weeks. I'm currently on a 400 day trip that I've started about 2 weeks ago(departed from ATL on Saturday March 28). To give a little background about myself... My name is Max, I'm 29 years old and I currently live in Atlanta, Ga. I am a Union First Assistant Cameraman(Focus Puller) for the Film and Television industry, I have a degree in Psychology from Emory University(*cough waste of money *cough) and I have a light background in fabrication/all things mechanical mostly because my father was a goldsmith and is big-time tool freak. Oh.. I'm also completely crazy about motorcycles. I've been in love with motorcycles for the last decade and the feeling just continues to get more intense, I love them, I currently have 11. No comment. Anyways, I've been gearing up for a RTW trip that I've been planning/saving for/thinking about for about 2 years now. I'm on no particular schedule but I'm at the point where I'm finished with work until the trip(the benefits of working freelance). My tastes in motorcycles tends to gravitate towards older air-cooled bikes and simplistic air-cooled modern stuff(I have 3 XS650's, a 99 Ducati Monster, 91 sportster and a 92 r100r with a sidecar etc.). I'm riding a modified '14 DR650 on the trip. I had a little build thread going in thumpers... (http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1037045) this was detailing my buildup of an '07 xr650l that I was planning to use for the trip but completing the bike in correct fashion was going to push my timetable for leaving too far and I decided to depart with a DR instead. The first leg of my trip i've planned to take advantage of leaving right at the tail end of winter in the northern hemisphere, Alaska is the first major destination followed hopefully by some late season NS/NFD/LAB. I've departed Atlanta with my best friend, we've done several longer no slab all backroads/dirt trips before(ATL to NS/LA/Key West etc.). He's riding with me to LA and then heading back east across by himself while I spend the next few weeks wandering up to AK. Hopefully he'll be meeting back up with me somewhere around NS so we can do NFD together but we'll see what happens when we get closer to that time. I'll catch up on the trip so far as seperate posts but thought I'd start off with a bit of a breakdown of the bike and what I have with me at this point/what I think of everything I've taken so far. Another benefit of taking a new DR is that it'll be under warranty for the entire duration of my trip, to that end I've decided to leave the motor/airbox/carb/exhaust stock so that I get no grief from Suzuki should something arise that requires warranty work. This just means that all the money that would go to that stuff gets to go towards suspension and other fun junk The bike is being put together in stages this time instead of just throwing money at it. I've done what I consider to be the minimum adventure bike upgrades on this first round for the north american stage. I wanted to do this mostly to actually get lots of seat time on the bike to figure out what I actually want to change. To that end, the mods so far are thusly.. -Acerbis 5.3 gallon tank adapted to use the Suzuki vacuum petcock. -HDB handguards/risers/top clamp/vapor dash mount. -TT Vapor -Oxford Heated grips -Procycle vista-cruise throttle lock -TECHMOUNT handlebar mount with AMPS pattern -Garmin Montana AMPS mount -Procycle Racks -Nomadic top rack -Pelican 1450 top case -Wolfman Expedition Saddlebags -Warp 9 skid plate -NGK iridium plugs (factory heat) -Pro Taper Woods Low bars -Supermoto Front Fender -Procycle Case Armor -Various odds and ends and hardware upgrades. This is stage 1, stage 2 involves some serious suspension and wheel work of which I already have most of the parts waiting to be installed before I leave NA. -Full HDB rallye fairing kit with Scotts damper and Baja Designs Squadron Pro's -Emig Racing triple clamp kit -CRF450R front forks -RAD wheels with a 19" front conversion/320mm rotor. Have yet to buy the rear and decide If I'll go with an 18" conversion, so far the 17 hasn't presented any issues and I may keep the stocker. -Cogent rebuilt shock The stock bike the day I bought it: and done up a few days before leaving: I already have some things to report about certain items and in subsequent posts I'll detail those as well as all of the gear that I'm wearing and the tools and things that I'm carrying. For now, it's late, I'm glad I got this started finally and I hope it provides some entertainment back to all of you who have given me so much.