I'm not going to try to convince you, because obviously you're a moron, but other people read these threads. What I'm saying now is for them. BMW's with 50,000 miles are barely broken in. Seriously. Check craigslist or the flea market here and you'll see R1100GS's for less then $5k. That's just how much they are. If you're not a US resident, you can still buy bikes here. You can easily ride a US registered bike from the US to Ushuaia. You can't just abandon it in Argentina or Chile. You must take the bike out. But even if you pay $1500 to ship it back to the US, where you'll be able to sell it for close to what you paid, you'll still be out less money than if you buy a bike in Canada or other countries with heavy import duties. The idea of risking the motor by dropping it- this is just fucking stupid. The boxer motor has been around for about 200 years. It wouldn't have survived this long if this was true. I've dropped my boxers many times. I know that lesser bikes will break when they're fully loaded and then they trip. The big GS's almost always have heavy duty crash bars. And if they don't, it's easy to find aftermarket crash bars that easily mount to existing brackets. Wunderlich and Touratech are two companies that sell crash bars, and often they're available used in the flea market or on ebay. Here are a few photos of my bikes. On The Haul Road, in Alaska: My R1100GS, on a rocky road in Ontario: In Guatemala: El Salvador: Panama: Panama: Panama: Not included: a hard fall on a steep gravel downhill in Costa Rica- probably my hardest fall on the ride, where I bruised my leg pretty badly, and I was too pissed at myself to take a picture. a quick drop going about 10 mph, in Madison, at an intersection near West High, where it slid a little. two funny drops in my driveway. a dumb drop traversing a steep hill in Madison, where the bike fell downhill. a downhill drop with the R1100RS, in British Colombia, when the sidestand sunk into the blacktop, so that when I came out of the grocery store, the bike was on its side. The worst damage has been a cracked plastic cylinder guard. I fixed it with duct tape and shoe goo. A drop in Arequipa, Peru. The big GS's are certainly less capable off-road than a smaller, more dirt-oriented bike, but for adventure travel, going long distances, where I define long-distances as 5,000 miles or more, there is no more capable, more proven, more comfortable, more fun bike.