Wow it has been a long time since I have written, and the reason is I am planning a new trip which I will write about later. At the moment we are still on the subject how to prepare for a trip. The second list consists of things that need to be done on the bike so that you have the lease amount of trouble traveling. This means getting the bike serviced and while some prefer to do this job them selves which is fine if you have the know how and tools, others get there bikes serviced by a professional shop. Which ever you choose I recommend the following be done:
1-Use Synthetic engine oil for high performance machines (high revs & temps) and Semi-Synthetic oil for the others. This should give you between 7 and 10 thousand miles before you need to change it. Great of you trip is within those limits. It goes without saying that the filter needs to be changed also.
2-If you don't remember when you last replaced you brake fluid, then change it. Depending on how often you use your bike, and the weather conditions it should be replaced once every one or two years.
3-Check the spark plugs and replace if necessary
4-Go through the maintenance schedule part of your motorcycles manual to inspect or replace certain items. This could include other fluids, hoses, belts, & chains. Pay special attention to filters they are your fist line of defense if you think the filter needs changing, then do it, fuel filters and air filters and the most susceptible to dirt.
5-Check the tires for thread, damage, and cracks in side wall due to weathering. Depending on the length of your trip and the condition of the tires you should make a judgment on when to change them if they require changing.
6-Finally go around the bike noting any normal wear that may affect you're riding like a cracked headlight or dissolving handgrip rubber.