Taking my time in modifying the Strada, thinking options over, a couple of things arrived in the mail during the week and I spent some $$ at the local shop (Bikemart). Time to potter in the Bike Cave. I’d already added my FTYP (Featherweight Top Yoke Plug) to stop all the crap getting down there. A Nomadic rack, all the way from California. The bloody postage on this US$99 item was nearly US$60 ! It weighs 360 FTYPs. The old rack was only 166 FTYPs. Beautiful quality and fit. I intend to mount 2 Rotopax L-Brackets on it to hang a 7.8litre fuel pod on each side. That’ll give almost 30litres of capacity, which should allow a range of 600kms @ 5l/100km. I’m being conservative with fuel consumption as some of the trips in this bike’s future will be sandy (so thirsty) & remote (so some reserve is sensible). I’ll line the fuel pods with heat-proof tape near the exhausts, and they’ll serve double-duty as pannier mounts for Andy Strapz Pannierz. The rear shock may need an upgrade to cope with the weight, as there’ll be a swag back there too. Put the Radguard on too. I settled on a Kriega US10 pack as a basis for a water and dustproof camera tank-bag. Cut-up a slab of foam lining, which I’d kept from some long-forgotten delivery. Add a bit of Shoe-Glue to keep the foam ‘separators’ in place, and Bob’s your uncle. A nice fit and easy access to the camera. I like the white interior lining – no more Black Hole of Calcutta J The tripod, shutter remote & spare batteries fit into the top zipped pocket. Had to adapt the supplied tankbag fittings a bit, but it turned out neatly and is secure. I like it so much I’ve ordered another set of tankbag fittings so the Kriega can be mounted onto the Bender (its BMW tankbag is pretty ordinary). A tool tube made from $11 of stormwater pipe fittings, 30cm cut off a piece of pipe lying around, plumbers glue, and a few coats of silver spray-paint (not my first colour of choice, but it was all I had). An Altrider bashplate is on its way, and stainless-steel hose straps will be used to strap the tube to it. This is the next job. Another cheap & cheerful mod, made from 4mm plastic garden edging, shaped with tinsnips, then moulded into a curve by gently clamping it with a small sash clamp and putting against a sunny wall on one of our recent 40degree (C) days. The front mudguard will need to come off to fit it properly, and the wheel needs to come off to do that, so it's next weekend's job.