sorry, its been a while since I replied. Todays reply is worthy though! Trev (TeeJay) just got himself an almost brand new SE/R!!! So I just HAD to post pics Ever seen a cheshire cat grin? - its so frikking beautiful, I have forbidden Trev to ride offroad and get it mussed up next to mine - aint them purdy???? jest like twins... mmm TWINS... and I took this one with a church in the background, cos Trev's gonna need it So, to answer some threads: Chas, good luck my mate. Keep us filled in please, of your progress and all of that, and we hope to meet you on the road one day! KMForget - thanks mate, but that bashplate idea has been swinging in my head for ages, and I set up a thread early on in the OC about my bashplate development. This one is of kevlar, carbon kevlar aramid, and carbon fibre, with special eglass as a base form, with high temp epoxy resin as well as regular temp epoxy resin. Super strong, with core foam inserts which has worked out tremendously well. Unbelievably stiff, strong and right now, fits so well that I didnt even need bolts to keep it in place. TeeJay of course may want to go the carbon route, but if he doesnt, I am sure your plate is the one to go for Great guys, thanks a zillion. The greatest step towards this trip has been taken with TeeJay getting the bike (they are freeken expensive here compared to the States), and its so awesomely motivating. We are working together on the finance plan now too, so its really starting to feel like a bit of reality. Tres excited..