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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?
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Ck or replace plugs.
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Check the brake pads and battery.
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Last years trip west with my brother and son, we had one of my brothers headlights go out. We picked up a bulb, but learned it was the bulb holder. We found one at wingding. Just after returning from the trip one of my sylvania ultrastar lights went out. Replace or bring a spare bulb for your headlights. Even if you don't run at night. Safety first. Have a great trip.
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Do a Google search for TCLOCS. You will find a pdf from the MSF on recommended maintenance.
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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?
Sounds like you got it covered for the bike. Just be sure that you have a couple of credit cards in the billfold and you might let them know that your traveling. Don't ask me how I know.
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Thanks to everyone for the responses. Was also curious about whether steering or wheel bearings might be a consideration.

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After experiencing an alternator failure, I now have a cheap digital voltmeter velcroed to the left front speaker. For me its just a comfort factor that I know the alternator is working and if it is not I can take appropriate action to not get stranded along the road. I also carry enough tools to remove that pesky alternator. Note: The alternator failed at approximately 70,000 miles. Have a great ride.
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Thanks to everyone for the responses. Was also curious about whether steering or wheel bearings might be a consideration.


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.
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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.
A debit and credit card are your friend if the unforeseen would happen.
You can drive yourself crazy worrying about the "what ifs."


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