after sifting through every Baja RR on ADV i was hooked enough to head down there on my own....i had some prep to do of course like buying a bike, getting a license and learning how to ride......i have to credit a few inmates before i begin telling my story. Chitown, Boogie & csiptav are work friends who have answered countless questions and offered nothing but positive advice - never saying i was crazy for wanting a bike for my mid life crisis. we all travel tons with work and when i finally had a break at home last summer i decided to chase down a license and tie in my love of travel to my interest in bikes. originally, i was going to start a RR to document my experience with the new bike and new license, but decided to just ride and let the stories evolve. so here it is..turned 40, got a license, needed a bike and was surrounded by BMW fans (and lived 1 block from a dealer...) so the choices were few i guess...was not confident about the bigger bikes and wanted freedom to travel just about any roads so took a deep breath and pulled the trigger on an F800GS....wanted grey, but the only option at my dealer was a yellow & black thing... i have since grown quite fond of the the 'new bumblebee'...especially given its lineage..here's a couple of fine rides i think the the F8 owes some styling to: and now that's some cred - i always like pulling up to these other great rides...and it changed my mind on the color. now the first pic was my stock F8 and the second was the final version leaving las vegas for Baja - a few bits have been added to the bike working up to this trip and here they are: - TKC 80s - Jesse Safari II's - BMW Handguards - BMW Skid Plate - Wild@heart Crash Bars - GIT tail plate - Best Rest Headlamp Protection - Best Rest 1 Gal Peg Packer - Tour Tech Kickstand Plate - Tour Tech Instrument Panel Plate (Dual Plug) - Centech AP2 5-way fuse block & switched relay - Garmin GPSmap478 & GXM-30 on a swivel RAM mount Other stuff i used: - Wolfman Expedition Tank Bag (wired up with Powerlet input) - Wolfman Expedition Dry Duffel Bag - Rev'it Cayenne Pro Jacket & Pants - Rev'it Tempest & Zenith gloves - Gerbings Jacket - Shoei Hornet - Sidi On Road Boots - Back Pack & 3 L Camelback - Pelican 1450 Camera Case - Benro Tripod - SPOT Tracker at the end of the day, i had no idea i was getting into such an investment, but the riding has been more amazing than i had imagined. now that i'm rolling Boogie reminded me, 'its just gas now!'... now that i have put some ruff roads under the bike i can seriously endorse all the gear and have to thank everyone who posts here for their help because this is where i learned most about everything i used! so there's 8500 km of riding getting the bike out of toronto and down to vegas where i jumped for the baja adventure - i'll try not to bore you too much, but it was an adventure getting to the adventure!