Don't be afraid !! In some ways, this experience has been much more valuable than the money I spent recovering her. Though, cost-wise to get her going started to add up abit.. A quick tally of cost: 1) $400 storage fee for salvage yard 2) $500 for 2 x 1-way flight Seattle/Houston ( I made a little vacation of it, visiting friends/ family - so not a complete loss). 3) $600 for gas to bring her back to Seattle from Yukon 4) $600 to ship her back to Houston from Seattle 5) $2000 to fix my buddy's truck.. 6) $1500 in replacement parts 7) a few hundred man hours and elbow grease.. I did't count any of the upgrades such as Woody Wheels as those were luxury items which I knew I could reuse on my other GSes.. On the flip side, I was able to retrieve back some expensive gear that included: 1) my brand new $700 Chiappa M6 Excalibur Survival 12 gauge over 22 caliber dual barrel rifle. Outside of a few rusty spots, she's fine and dandy. She fit diagonally inside the left pannier. I just then stuff clothes and dry stuff around her. Canada has a rifle weapons form permit ($35) that lets you bring the rifle across in transit to Alaska (for hunting and protection/security), though it doesn't seem to apply to the Eastern Side of Canada.. weird. 2) the NAV5 GPS unit. This thing has won me over. It's not the faster / best GPS on the market but had bought it $800 brand new when I got the bike. The fact I was able to use it on multiple BWMs made it feasible. I have dropped it twice on the freeway @ 50 mph (when it was mounted on my other bikes w/ Ram Mount instead of the OEM BMW mount) and it had survived the falls. It stayed under water for 24 hrs, sat out in the salvage yard for a month ( luckily, in the Yukon, it doesn't get that hot or cold in July / August months ). Brought it home, used CRC electronic cleaner.. cleaned any holes I could find after opening the back battery cover.. let her dry a few days, plugged her in to charge for a full day. I didn't have high hopes for this one. Powered her up and I'll be damned... she worked just as great as the day I got her.. that's freaking impressive. She's still running fine (w/ new maps and updates) on one of my 2017 Rallyes. Now if I can get my other adv equipment to be that rugged / resilient! 3) 2 x GoPro5 both still in good shape. 4) Dell M3800 thin Laptop ( was able to savage the data of the drive but motherboard and battery was shot). 5) Other camping equipment / tools, etc. So recovery of the gear help offset the cost substantially as well. Of course, when I got to the bike, there was still 2 or 3 inches of water at bottom of panniers so you can imagine the stench, rotting, rusting that was going on during the 30 days of salvage storage. I should have dumped everything out to dry when we dropped bike off to salvage, but my mind was set on physical recovery of body at that point. Pretty much just dropped bike off and signed release document. Anyhow, the lessons learned by doing it yourself, the stories, the experiences, etc.. has made it so worth the hassle and the knowledge I gained from this has helped me throughout all the amazing trips I have taken since.. include my rides across Russia, Mongolia to North Korea, Iran, The Himalayas in Nepa, all of South East Asia. The confidence of being mechanically adept when riding through remote places in foreign countries sure is a valuable thing. Let's think about this.. I essentially had a brand new WC R1200 GSA that I could now officially dive deep into for maintenance, repairs, seeing how things work; a guinea pig without the fear of voiding warranties, breaking shit, etc. At that point, it was an opportunity to learn with the latest / greatest without the risk .. brilliant setup if you ask me !