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post #11 of 47 (permalink) Old 01-11-2017, 10:56 AM
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Originally Posted by Scooby View Post
Thanks to everyone for the responses. Was also curious about whether steering or wheel bearings might be a consideration.
Stem bearings are something that should be checked periodically even if you aren't going on a long trip. And it is easy. You just jack the front tire off the ground and wiggle it front to back. There should be zero free play. (keep in mind that your lower forks have some play in them.) Move side to side. it should not have dead spots, and should fall to each side on its own. That's it. If the bike passes that test, there is no reason to ever touch the nut at the top of the tree.

Somebody can correct me if I am wrong, but I don't know of a way to check wheel bearings, and there is no adjustment. You can't tell a bad wheel bearing until you start to hear it and feel it by riding the bike. Same as a car. I have driven cars for 5000 miles once the noise starts. They don't just explode right away. Don't know if I would want to let a bike go that far.

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Originally Posted by flat6bagger View Post
If it ain't broke don't fix it.
You have the most important maintenance items covered.
I agree with bringing a spare bulbs.
You can go broke and change things that don't need changing when you overthink things.
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You can drive yourself crazy worrying about the "what ifs."

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Front wheel bearings, while wheel is off bike for tire change, I stick my index fingers in both side, roll the wheel on the floor and lift it up so it is rolling, hanging from my fingers. Smooth as silk, good to go again. Rough, feeling a tick, tick tick as it rolls, or trying to roll my fingers over, bad and needs replaced now.
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Planning a trip like this I am sure you have towing covered if needed. I have AMA membership and AAA with RV Plus. I have used the AAA and it was a good service. Had a battery fail on my NT700V while at work. Called AAA, they came out with a replacement battery. Have good things about the AMA service also.

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Originally Posted by Ironhorse1800 View Post
Always check both when replacing the front tire. I leave well enough alone if they check good.

From the Iron Butt guys, always complete ALL work a few weeks in advance of the "real" trip. Take several short shakedown rides, preferably loaded like you planned for the big trip. Hopefully, any items missed or not exactly right can be caught and corrected with time to spare.

This is what I was going to recommend as well. Don't finish your maintenance the day before the big trip. A couple of years ago I was forced to rebuild my forks two days before heading out on a 2 week trip and that first day was a bit stressful for me waiting to find out when I hit a bump that I did something wrong. In the end all was fine but I normally try to do all my maintenance a week or two ahead and do lots of riding before the big day.
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Good info here.
Major ride isn't until May but I plan to have all the maintenance completed by March. New tires will go on in April.
There will be some daily riding, post-maintenance, for several weeks prior to departure.

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I will certainly inspect the bearings when I pull the wheels.

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Original post said brake fluid. Don't forget clutch, too.

For the scheduled things, I wouldn't bother accelerating anything that's not going to be due before your end of trip. Clearly a good idea to start with fresh engine oil, might not even bother with coolant or final drive unless you're going to clock over and want to do before you start.

It might not a bad idea to pack an oil filter. You can pick up a gallon of oil and a cheap baking pan to use to drain, but the filters can be a bit more of a bother.

Here's my PM cheat sheet. My guesses on tire and brake life are not reliable:

o Engine Oil, Filter, & Crankcase Breather
o Air filter
o Brake & Clutch fluid
o Spark Plugs (or more with Iridium; 30, 50, 60K? Not 75-100)
o Final Drive Oil
o Coolant
o Valve Clearance Check
Check regularly, at least every ~3,000. Guesstimated life:
o Brake Pads, Front 30,000
o Brake Pads, Rear, 32,000
o Tires, Front, 14,000
o Tires, Rear, 24,000 (Alpin)

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Just gas and go. Don't worry bout the Wing. Enjoy the trip.
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post #19 of 47 (permalink) Old 01-11-2017, 03:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Scooby View Post
Scheduling a 8-10,000 mile ride in the spring. Already planning on changing fluids (oil, brakes, coolant, rear end), new tires (going to try out the ME-888's), air filter and clean some switches. The bike is a 2008 level 4 with 40K miles. Are there other items that I should plan on checking to "ensure" a trouble-free trip?

The only thing I disagree with is the Metzlers. Stick with G704 and G709 Bridgestone's, or maybe the new style Dunlop's.
I have had bad experiences with the ME 888, noisy and don't wear very well. 10K trip you might be replacing them on the road.

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I'm still a metz fan
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And the rears that I'm using. The 888 has 7500 on it pulling a trailer. The 880 has 19,xxx on it both pulling and not pulling a trailer.
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