I've found it to be a good practice that if I worry about something going bad, In your case it appears you have some concerns about the alternator, I'd change that thing before a long trip so I/you don't have to worry about the 'when". I don't plan on spending part of my ride with grease on my hands.
at what mileage are you guys seeing alternators start to fail?
Usually between 80-130k miles an OEM alternator becomes risky.... YMMV!
Steve and Mel... over 25 great years together, 42 in all
Michelin Alpin Battleax BT45's (over a dozen and counting) Started really ignorant, getting smarter for over sixty years... long way to go.[/I]
My first alternator was replaced under warranty at 69,000 miles. 135,000 miles later it was replaced the second time under warranty. When warranty ran out I bought a brandnew 2010 alternator and started hauling it around in the right saddlebag. When the second warranty replacement alternator had 170,000 miles I started to notice it squeak on cold startup, it turned out to be a bad bearing so I installed the brandnew 2010 alternator and had the 170,000 alternator rebuilt locally for $80 with Honda parts. The 2010 alternator now has 104,000 miles and so far no issues with it.