It's great to hear that others are doing something similar. The difference in what we're trying to pull off is that we will be keeping the bikes moving and each vacation leave them in a different location. These bikes will have NO home base. We'll have to plan a service day here and there probably at the beginning or end of each stage, since that's when we'll be near a larger city with storage and an airport. I can definitely see the appeal of a dealer/storage, and ZMW seems to be ideal as a home base for a bike, especially to ride into Mexico. Really, this was conceived as a way for us to do the TAT without having to ship bikes back and forth from the East coast, or take 6 weeks off straight... we'll be doing it in three 2-week segments (at least, depending on how many side trips we plan and how late the passes are snowed in). Then we just started thinking... lets keep the tour rolling, and now it's just out of hand. We've got about 20K of north american dual-sport miles planned over the next 4-5 years. PS: Hecktoglider, I really enjoyed your recent ride report... Northern Mexico is on our agenda!