Setup for GSA 2-up down Ruta 40
My wife and I are lanning to freight our 2004 GS1150 Adventure to Santiago in September. We plan to cross the Andes into Argentina, go up Ruta 40 to Salta, cross back to Chile, then go to Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, Argentina and head down Ruta 40 to Ushuaia before coming back up to Santiago. We have 5 months for the trip and we will be two up with camping gear. However, we are trying to minimise weight.
I have seen a report or two about the rear subframe breaking when loaded up (also saw it on the Long Way Round DVD) but am not sure how much of a problem or how often it happens.
Has anyone done a similar trip two up & had problems (or not had problems)?
If so, is there anything we can do to strengthen any weak point?
We are still setting the bike up at the moment & I am also thinking about a heavier rear spring however it seems the standard one might be OK. Any thoughts?
Whilst I don't want to spend more money then essential, I want to avoid problems on the way.