Nice trip. Great report.
I think taking the dogs RTW is nuts, but I am pretty sure that is why they call it an adventure. Good luck to you all!
Even a Honda can break down in the middle of nowhere. Voltage regulators and batteries don't last forever. The new Urals are so much more refined than the old 650s.
I can't remember the cost of the power arc but I think it is around $500. Some money, but if it is bullet proof, that eliminates ignition as a problem, so I would do it.