I was hoping to do no maintenance, other than chain lube, during the trip.
Tires: My front tire, a Mitas E-07 Dakar, had about 21,000 miles on it, so I put an E-07 non-Dakar on the bike, and had the spokes trued. I made the mistake of torquing the rear spokes to spec according to the service manual, which put my rear rim out of true, so I had a shop retrue my rear wheel. My rear tire (an E-07 Dakar) had about 8,000 miles on it, so I left it on.
Oil: Depending on how the route plays out, I expect the trip to be 7,500-8,500 miles. I usually change my oil and filter at 5k miles and use Yamalube 10w40. For this trip I switched to a full synthetic with the expectation of not changing the oil until I get home.
Other mechanical: I did the valves, plugs, air filter, brake pads and fluid, and flushed coolant around 24,000 so all of that was good. I lubed the clutch cable and greased the pivot point of the clutch lever, and the hinge on both kick stands. Chain and sprockets were done around 22,000, so they needed no work.
Other Gadgetry: A handle bar mounted Ram mount for my phone. A Garmin InReach Mini - a satellite communication device. It allows me to drop breadcrumbs at 10 minute intervals, send and receive texts, and has an SOS button. I wanted to add a Guglatech fuel filter, but couldn’t get it in time. I figured I was traveling in the U.S., so I shouldn’t have much trouble with gas quality. The question is, “How much trouble is ‘much’?” Later, I’ll have wished I had prioritized this.
2015 DL650XT w/ factory Suzuki/Motech side cases and engine guard.
First farkle - Motech center stand
Augustus Wind Deflectors
Fat, foamy grips
Givi AirFlow windscreen
Go-Cruise throttle lock
JD Astar 1260 lumen LED tail light bulb
Suzuki (SW Motech) Top Case
Hyde Racing skid plate
Adventuretech kickstand foot, fork brace, fender raising kit, and peg lowering kit.
Zita 26mm up / 20mm back risers
Sit and Fly Seat Net
So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Genesis 1:27