Hey everyone, My name is Thomas, Im from Germany and this is my build thread. First Id like to give you a little bit of background on myself and the bike: I started riding end of 2010 after a friend and me decided that previous New Years Eve that we would ride through South America on a motorbike. Really not knowing anything about bikes and long distance travelling, we got our licenses, bought the bikes, spent a fortune on Touratech-bits we thought were necessary after reading a couple of magazines & blogs and set off early 2011. The bikes we decided to get was two F800GS, at the time available as the 30th anniversary edition. They looked great, had all the power we needed (and could handle being completely new to riding) and handled everything we threw at them well. We rode about 28.000 kilometers through Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador before returning to Chile after six months. We did face some of the common issues with the bikes: Rims too soft for real offroad riding. My rear bearings went at around 20.000 kilometers, luckily without any damage to the bike. Suspension. Nevertheless, I enjoyed every second on that bike and still do. The bikes been through a couple of other countries since, mainly onroad though unfortunately (very limited possibilities in Germany to do legal offroad-riding with a big bike). Every time I throw my leg over it I feel right at home. Even with the stock seat. It was during our trip that I came across ADVrider and started reading many great ride reports and build threads (mainly lurking since). Lately I was looking for a winters project. I was contemplating buying a new bike and was looking at the Husqvarna Nuda by Zupin: Great looking bike, great engine (I had ridden the Nuda before) But I wanted my bike to be a bit more versatile, to be able to do the occasional two up and to have good luggage carrying capacity. Also, since the two bikes would have been quite similar it would have meant to get rid of the F8GS. Which I am not ready to do. So that got me thinking I always liked the high fender mod for the F8GS, mostly when the whole headlight assembly was replaced as well, as for example by LostRider & Motorfiets who I believe were some of the first here to go that route. When Touratech built their Racing version I decided that I would do something similar, it also looks quite similar to the Zupin Nuda, mainly due to the Husqvarna front-end (well, that and sharing the same genes, frame, engine and all). So with that the basic design for the build was set. For the paint scheme I wanted to sort of stay with the 30th anniversary theme and at the same time reference some of the BMW rally history. I came across Gaston Rahiers 1985 GS for Paris-Dakar and decided those colors should work nicely.