Hi All Been saving and planning this trip for a while and its finally coming together. The plan is to airfreight the bike to Santaigo in December, catch some of the Dakar, head south to Ushuia through Chile and then head north again hitting Rio for Carnival then crisscrossing our way up. I've been using FURKOT to plan a rough route which has been outstanding. Have got a year off work to do it and may stay on the road a little longer and head back south down the west coast. During the trip will be heading over to Antarticta and the Galapagos as well as hiking and hopefully some MTBing. (Depending on time and budget) My partner Meg (Aussie) has the least responsibility being the captain, minister of war and finance, translator, navigator, will be sitting on the back and I (Mike, expat Kiwi, living in Aussie) doing all the important jobs such as piloting and drinking as much beer as I'm allowed. The Bike She's a 16 CRF1000L which I've been spending the last year spending money on and bolting shiny stuff to it. Heres a list if anyones interested. Andreani cartridges to replace factory front suspension and Ohlins rear shock (Set up for 200kgs load) Bark Busters Denali LEDS and lightmount, (these are wired up to be running at 50 percent all the time and 100 percent when you have the high beams on.) Tractionator Adventure tyres front and rear (May change the front to something less aggressive) B&B Rad Guards & Bash plate Outback Motortek crash guards Unifilter air and pre filters Pro Oiler chain oiler Zumo 595 GPS on a ram mount on the handlebars Powerlet plug in the console Neutrino Black box to control everything SW Motech shifter IMS Pro footpegs Cameltanks peg support bracket Comfort passenger footpegs Outback Motortek Crash Bars Barret Exhaust Motech racks Trax Adventure side cases and topbox Cameltanks rear tank Enduristan Tank Bag Titax Levers Homemade tool/tent pole tube. The gear Moonlight 3 Tent (http://thetentlab.com/MoonLightTents/OrderMoonLights.html) Very cool but quite hefty. Mix of MSR and Snow peak cooking/eating gear Thermarest Sleeping Mats Enlightened equipment double sleeping quilt. Tools (Put together with what I had in toolbox plus some motion pro stuff and a an awesome airshot motopump.) PLB Delorme inreach explorer Cellphone Cheap android tablet Cardo Scala comms. I've done a fair bit of touring round on bikes in the past but if anyone's got any hints or tips or spotted anything I've missed all input will be appreciated. Ill take some pics of the bike fully loaded and the gear and throw it up. Thanks for reading and hope to see you guys out there.