Ship a bike to Europe, leave it for 5 years or so riding for a month Spring and Fall Has a good sound to it yes.? Sure, watching, visiting, reading about others is very exciting and motivating, But I had to ask myself why a 70-year-old would even consider it. I may not stay healthy for 5 years, hell, I may not be sentient for 5 years, Plenty of great rides out there., we have done some. There are great zero stress tours out there, did a bit of that also. So, I asked myself why and kept coming up with the same answer `` I don’t know``. After that rattled around in my old head for quite a while I realized that ``I don’t know`` is what drives me, what motivates me and is the answer to the question of why I need to do this. Once that decision was made we could start planning in earnest. Nothing fancy, let’s just call this Mike and Shelley go to Europe and ride around some. We may try to put this report up while on the road, may work, may not, we will try but may have to finish it at home. Please feel free to follow along and jump in anywhere. As a small intro here are a couple of our rides. https://advrider.com/index.php?threads/it-was-great-craic-mike-and-shelley-go-to-ireland-and-ride-around-some.1092045 https://advrider.com/index.php?threads/mike-jay-and-shelley-go-north-to-alaska-and-ride-around-a-little.1026849 Europe Trip starting September to October2018 leaving from Calgary and ending in Zagreb. Bike prep for 2 up with luggage. 2013 V-Strom 650 purchased used with 11,000 km. 10000 km check and stator recall before delivery. · Basic servicing, oil and filter, coolant change, valve clearance (all good), spark plugs, replacing brake fluid, air filter. · OEM tires replaced with Pilot Road 4. · Chain and sprockets not replaced. Scottoiler added. · Suspension replaced with Cogent units. World's Edge custom shock with remote preload adjuster. Rear spring is 700-inch pounds. Front fork oil replaced with five weight. Seals also replaced. Cogent DDC installed in the forks with 70-inch pounds Springs. I added fork skins but may remove as they are a pain with the fork brace. · Seat cover and padding replaced with seat Concepts cover. The rear section was then raised. This was done by Calgary seat cover. Both sheepskin and Air Hawk are available for use. · Electrics added as follows. Digital voltmeter, Eastern Beaver headlight relay harness with a switch to shut off both low beams, Eastern Beaver PC 8 fuse box. Powered Mount added and wired for Nuvi 660 GPS. A sunshade for the GPS. GPS mounted using an Adventure Tech bracket and Ram mount. RAM mount and X bracket added (can be used for phone or Inreach tracker. Oxford heated grips added. 1 accessory plug added. · Lighting. Top box brake lighting from Admore installed. Small LED lights from Clearwater lights added with mounting bracket and illuminated switch. · OEM windshield replaced with Givi airflow unit. · Luggage a. The top box is a Givi E52 that we already had. This was mounted using a universal mount. Metal rack added to the top of the E52. Side racks are Givi cam racks and the boxes are small Trekker Outback. 3M protection added to the top of each Outback box. ROK straps added to the top of each Outback box and on the top box. tank bag is a Wolfman Rainier. · Fender extender. · Givi crash bars added and filled with foam to try to mitigate vibration. · No skid plate added at this time. · SW Motech lowered foot pegs added. · Front vent extensions added for turbulence control. · Barkbuster storm handguards · Adventure Tech Fork brace added. · Tool tube constructed and added. Obviously carries tools but can also carry wine as it was size for same. Here are a few photos of the bike preparation. We tried to make the pillion seat a bit more appropriate.