Join Date: May 2007
Location: Wasilla, Alaska
You'll get many different suggestions as to how to equip your bike for the trip. My suggestions would include a set of new or nearly new tires, especially if you plan on riding any of the available unpaved riding possibilities. Make sure your chain is in good shape and properly adjusted before you leave, and plan on, at the minimum, lubing it at least once a day. Dupont Chainsaver now comes in a handy small plastic squeeze bottle that stores easily in a tankbag, trunk, etc. Change your oil and filter before you leave and after arriving up here.
It sounds like your bike is already well-equipped for such a trip. The OEM bags are fine, but the Happy Trails panniers provide great storeage as well as tipover protection.
Expect to run into cool or even cold weather in August and September, so you might consider, if you haven't already done so, obtaining a heated jacket liner such as a Warm & Safe or Gerbings, and the controller. Little things like that sure make a miserable cold (and sometimes wet as well) day more enjoyable.