Got your message.
I currently have 20000 kms on my 800gs, and most of them have been great.
Before leaving I got a fair few Touratech items.
The engine bars have proved excellent, especially after a nasty crash in Romania, although they are hell to get on.
The radiator is quite exposed so definitely get the extension bars.
The bar risers give a great riding position, whilst other mods like the collapsible brake and clutch pedals give peace of mind.
As to panniers, I got metal mules. They are more expensive than others, yet with a Scorpian exhaust a lot of weight is saved, and slims down the back end.
I have also had the ECU programmed to run on 91ron.
As to life on the road, it has performed really well, although that first gear a pain off-road. I have routed another clutch cable just in case.
Unfortunately it has had a couple of problems, which BMW have had to fix under warranty. Both the sump and cylinder head gaskets have leaked, and the hose on the water pump kept coming loose.
Give it good run in across the whole range before heading too far from Europe.
Problems aside, it has proved an excellent bike for the job in hand. It handles so well loaded with luggage, that you forget you are carrying anything at all.
The economy is great. Averaging 4l/100kms, at 100kms/hr on tarmac.
(sorry, but I think in Kms since I had my clocks changed). At 80kms/hr it returns 3l/100kms. That is giving me over 400kms a tank. Amazing.
Of course the real test will be when i hit Pakistan.
Good luck with yours.
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All the best, Ian