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    Senior Member Maintenance before a long trip
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    I've taken several weeklong trips, typically 4-600mi days on them, so I'm not a stranger to at least moderately long trips. Some of the 500mi days even involved 100mi on dirt (on 100% street bike/tires).

    I'm in the SF Bay Area.
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    I used 705's on my KLR, really liked them and think you will be fine with the mileage. The but part, is that chip seal and sharp edge gravel is hell on tires. So it depends...Just watch the rubber.

    Since your riding into twenty plus hours of daylight who needs a headlight? I would look for a wire headlight guard or that real heavy plastic stuff. A thrown rock is the problem not a burned out bulb

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    Quote Originally Posted by HarveyM View Post
    Glancing at the Advrider thread suggests leaking fork seals are a issue. I'd get a set of neoprene fork protectors as preventive maintenance-
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    I can vouch for this one!

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    I think the idea behind the neoprene fork protectors is to cover the entire compression area of the fork. From what I hear, the mud is like cement when it dries on the fork tube. If you hit a bump larger than your basic protectors cover, the seals can be compromised by the dried mud.

    JT

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    Might want to change the air filter. 8k miles is a long way. Save the one you take out and finish itís useful life after you return.

    JT

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    Ditto on the 705's, fork covers etc. They're a great tire and i believe they'll make the entire trip for you. I too chose them for my Alaska trip that had to be put off until next year now for medical reasons. So, Alaska 2020 for me and i'll be doing it on the same 705's! Best of luck to you and many blessings on your trip! If the need arises, my Dad lives in Fairbanks and has offered to have anything you may need shipped to him and he'll gladly keep it for you if need be. PM me if you'd like to have his info. :{)
    Fiat Justicia et Peret Mundus = Do the Right thing, Come what May!

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    I'm also from the sf bay area. Also heading to alaska in JUNE.
    See you on the road (red NC700x - dct)
    My riding partner has a bmw K in maroon color.

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    Just found out there's a race I want to do June 8/9, so I'm probably pushing back departure to June 10.
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    You probably don't need one but your doing so much maintenance you might as well change the air filter too. Mine was pretty dirty at 50K. Has yours ever been changed? To me, the air filter is an easy swap but I've had mine out 10 times in under 3 months.

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    I have a new OEM air filter ready to go in when I check the valves.
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