Hello Airheaders. I'm going to travel around the world going east trough the Middle East, the -stan's, Mongolia, Siberia, Alaska, USA, and from there I dont know. The departure date is set sometime late this summer. This will be a build thread of my 1993 BMW R80GS, that I chose for the trip - I have a lot of modifications I want to execute, but more of that later. Introduction to myself, the project and how it has evolved: I am 23 years old Danish guy, I travel a lot, make documentary and fiction films as well as photographies and I try to avoid education just yet since I'm not too sure of what to do anyways... I grew up riding motorbikes and bikes since I was three years old; mx, roadracing, BMX and mountainbike primarily. Got my bike license at the age of 20 and have developed a big passion for airheads together with my dad. I have traveled around Scandinavia and germany on my 90/6 and around Asia on Royal Enfield's, Honda's and Chinese copy bikes - the bike is a great traveling vessel!! After having a long time relationship to a girl with Iranian roots I got drawn to the idea of traveling to this part of the world on my motorbike. The idea of going to the Middle East was to go somewhere more remote than I have managed previously - trying to be more of a traveller than a tourist which I always feel like when I go abroad (probably because I will inevitably always be one, but you get the idea?? ) Little photobreak from previous travels. It's nice with some visual to rest the eyes amongst all these small grey letters: _MG_2190 by JVM Photos, on Flickr _MG_2334 by JVM Photos, on Flickr _MG_3136 by JVM Photos, on Flickr _MG_2989 by JVM Photos, on Flickr _MG_4378 by JVM Photos, on Flickr _MG_4419 by JVM Photos, on Flickr _MG_4046 by JVM Photos, on Flickr _MG_7053 by JVM Photos, on Flickr _MG_6569 by JVM Photos, on Flickr _MG_6841 by JVM Photos, on Flickr _MG_6606 by JVM Photos, on Flickr _MG_6037 by JVM Photos, on Flickr Anyways, the plan was originally; go to Iran - make films for 6 months (They have an incredible film culture) - apply to filmschool in Denmark and Germany - get in - get back - study... Great plan actually, but I needed a plan B in case of not being taken into any of the filmschools, which after seeing the tv program "The Long Way Round" would be - GO EAST. After some time dealing with the possibility of heading east trough Mongolia, Siberia etc. the thought got more and more appealing, and I soon found myself wondering if my 90/6 would be able to make such a trip?? I had no doubt it could go to Iran and back, and probably also the whole way around, but it would be a lot of suffering for the old roadbike and require modifications I didn't want to spoil the bike with... So I kind of felt I had to take a choice now, if to go all the way or not, so I would be able to prepare the right bike. Anyways, filmschools will always be around, my time and possibilities of travelling around the world will NOT - SO EAST WE GO!! Now to the actual subject - the bike: I spend 6 months scouting for a proper GS, and had my eyes in Germany since they are very few here in Denmark. I saw a 1993 R80GS early in the process but it was a long drive and something seemed off, to good to be true kind of, so I skipped it. Then after long time with nothing excited coming up I decided to drive south and have a look anyways. The bike turned out to be exactly as described, a flawless one owner bike with 49.000km on the clock, newly installed Siebenrock 1000cc kit, newly overhauled heads, balanced crank shaft, new bearings and seal all around the engine and newly renovated gearbox - the guy only rode it 1200km's since the modifications and figured it was time to sell.. Here you go: _MG_7872 by JVM Photos, on Flickr _MG_7894 by JVM Photos, on Flickr _MG_7881 by JVM Photos, on Flickr _MG_7917 by JVM Photos, on Flickr _MG_7921 by JVM Photos, on Flickr _MG_7902 by JVM Photos, on Flickr As far as plans goes, the following is what is on my mind: - DRZ 400 forks + Prutsters triples - Tube type rims front and rear (I'm thinking 18" rear for tyre availability) (non bmw front hub) Haven't checked out prices for this modification but fear it will be VERY expensive... - Front brake set up that will suit whatever front hub I end up going with (Hopefully will be able to use my current caliper) - Frame bracing (Either I will attempt to make a rig to fixate the frame myself or find a shop in Denmark to help me out - The braces I will fabricate myself, inspired by the HPN / SWT Sports styled) - Decide what type of ignition + alternator setup to go with (I have breindl electronic ignition mounted to the original alternator at the moment but O have the original available). - Reinforce rear subframe + builder a wider rear rag - Reinforce pannier rags or fabricating new. - Fabricate over the cylinders luggage-rags - Lowered footpegs (KTM steel type - will attempt to fabricate myself) - Fabricate front light housing in metal utilizing a screen, inspired by the 80G/S plastic housing) - Fabricate batteri tray for smaller batter (gel type) + tool box using the space available) - Either fabricate or purchase Y-pipe - Bigger fuel tank - trying to figure out how I can avoid paying 1000+ Euroes for this!! - Mount oil cooler (R1100 / R1200 type - maybe thermostat) - Fabricate metal type Diodeboard mounts - Maybe fabricate proper sidestand (Current is an updates one from a GS Basic - works well but still sits very far forward...) - Prep the bike for river crossings - Rebuildable driveshaft - New Valeo starter (non glue type) - LED spots - Krauser engine guards - New style valve covers for strength - BMW Voltmeter for monitoring charging output - Heidenau K60 tyres - Luggage: Either hardcase Hepco Becker Junior or Magadan soft panniers (atm I like the idea of hard case panniers better...) - Swap out seals and bearings all around so everything is 100% fresh A big part of why I have decided to run this thread is to receive inputs, troughs and advice upon my plans, since I'm in doubt about a ton. Right now I'm especially looking for input and advice on: - Frame bracing (fixating the frame) - Wheel choice (17" or 18" - spend the money on none tube type or or go with the standard??? ) - Ignition + alternator choice (Standard, Breindl, point breaker type or a fourth option?) What a lot of writing, I hope it's not too much to swallow. Now I just need to find a smart title to catch everybody's attention and then I can say HIT ME!