Update: Found the Culprit!
23 November 2012
Ha! Found the culprit: clogged fuel filter. Replaced it with a new spare and sanDRina runs like a champ! Went for a 60 km test ride and no issues. I think that was it :) Continuing south tomorrow.
Come on, motorcycle gods, what else you got? Let me have it.
I got jolted last night and told myself that 'give up' isn't in my dictionary. I beat my demons back in their cave and listened to the advice from biker friends who directed me to inspect this part. If I don't make it to the next town tomorrow, I'll figure it out ;)