Re: Long trip planned-- advice welcome!
About the subaru kit above-- I don't have the cash right this second, waiting for that sweet birthday money to come early summer (gotta love grandmas). Either way, I think I'd rather buy the $380 EZ kit that they will guarantee against defects than a used one from someone I don't know and wouldn't for sure know where to find. I'm not saying I don't trust that person (I don't know him), just that I'd be more comfy going with an official vendor.
As far as the bike reliability, I'll think and read up a bit more on that issue. Thanks for input