Greetings Again Folks:
Well, I'm now well over halfway on the trip from Whitehorse to Vancouver, and I must say that it has been quite a ride - all things considered. I have been contacted by Tim from Salsa, and he has been outstanding in offering support and assistance. Between him and Ed from Mighty Riders (the excellent Vancouver shop where I bought the bike) I've been able to get this bike to almost behave. Here's what I've done with the Fargo that I've been having difficulties with...
1. Moved the saddle back to the max allowable on the rails.
2. Dropped the handlebar two spacers (20 mm?).
3. Loosened the headset so that there is some movement at the bottom of the head tube fork interface.
4. Wrapped the top, seat, and down tubes with spare inner tubes.
5. Dropped the front and rear racks as low as possible - they now just clear the tire at the front, and touch the fender at the rear.
6. Moved the rear rack as close as possible to the seatstays.
7. Redistrubuted the weight in the panniers so that I've minimized the load on the front rack... Now about 15 to 18 lbs total up front.
8. I gave up on the bungee cord tie down idea for the panniers - it seemed to make the shimmy worse at all but the slowest of speeds.
9. I've now minimized the amount of gear hanging off the rear "deck" surface of the rear rack. The tent and the thermarest are still there, but now are strapped crosswise on top of the two rear panniers, along with the sleeping bag. This does make for a very large load on the rear wheel, but it seems to help reduce the shimmy.
Anyhow, as Galloper indicated, it appears that Salsa has some idea that the fork may be at issue... This bike performs excellently with little or no load, but isn't capable (for me, at any rate) of loaded touring with panniers. My next step is to try with a BOB trailer, which Tim at Salsa is kind enough to provide for me to see me through this tour. Kudos to you, Tim - it's good to see a company that stands behind their product, even when it appears problematic. I truly appeciate that Salsa could have left me literally on the side of the road, but instead, have gone out of their way to help make this trip the enjoyable experience it was planned to be. Thanks for that.