Ok, here's my story. Everybody should have a plan B right? Right. Ok, so our economy isn't great and my industry (commercial and industrial construction) isn't fun like it used to be. It's becoming more and more like work, and so the formulation of plan B. My plan B involves taking off for however long I can afford to ride central and possibly South America. Why? Why not is my answer. I've passed out on too many traveling experiences and being that I'm getting older (28), I don't want to miss any more. Old enough to know better, young enough to not care. Rent the house, pawn the dog off on my parents, ride. Easy. Then comes the questions. I own a decently kitted XR650R. I have little issue about the engine doing that many K (I don't know how many it has currently other then it runs premo). I just got back from 4000 km's in Baja without a single hick-up. I change the oil at 2000kms which is a PITA, but what are you gonna do. I can't afford to travel and kit out a XR or DR when I've already put 1000's into this XRR for similar type riding. The real issue is luggage capability. I have a GL Coyote bag which works awesome, but everybody mentions the strength of the subframe being aluminum. The bonus here is it's not welded to the frame. Here my question lies: 1) What's the limit of a stock XRR subframe for load 2) What can be done to modify a stock subframe for more strength. I won't be sticking to pavement so I want something capable of handling the Baja whoops, and the rocky roads of coastal dirt. I tend to ride faster then average. I do get a rush from it, although I know it's not the most wise thing... (young enough...) Are there any kits on the market made and can handle this (lets be realistic) and if not, is there a kit to start the design of something more solid? Currently I have a tig welder available to work for beer. I'd like to take advantage of that.