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Old 02-19-2013, 11:25 AM   #16171
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Old 02-19-2013, 11:54 AM   #16172
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Anyone got any suggestions as to long trip spares.

So far I have listed:
Wheel bearings and seals, back and front.
Both filters
Both ends brake pads.
Throttle cables (possibly)

I considered fork seals but I have them covered with neoprene socks.

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Define long? I haven't needed any of that in 42k miles.
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Old 02-19-2013, 12:05 PM   #16173
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Define long? I haven't needed any of that in 42k miles.
I can define short. Not like that's a good thing.
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Old 02-19-2013, 12:39 PM   #16174
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I could have used a spare spoke nut on the trip to Alaska. But even in Canada, I found a dealer and he crossreferenced a 250 I believe. Just needed a 7mm to tighten in stead of the allen wrench. I have a spare now, so if you get anywhere near me, well.
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Old 02-19-2013, 01:53 PM   #16175
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Thanks for the replies and sentiments guys.

We are looking at about 20k miles in the US and Alaska and then another 15k ish in South America.

I included the bearings as we are 2 up and loaded with luggage and they will likely suffer - and slim we ain't .The bearings will be carrying about half a ton. I am looking at a new shock to take the extra weight.

The levers are obvious for fall overs etc although our bike is pretty robust, but we could bin the filters given what has been said above.

I appreciate a lot of you guys have done some serious mileage but I do not know of anyone that had done high mileage 2 up.

I am currently prepping our bike and will soon post on all the mods I have made. So far the only problem I have had is missing spokes.
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Old 02-19-2013, 01:57 PM   #16176
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I am currently prepping our bike and will soon post on all the mods I have made. So far the only problem I have had is missing spokes.
I still have a few left from the wheel replacement if needed.
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Old 02-19-2013, 02:18 PM   #16177
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...We are looking at about 20k miles in the US and Alaska and then another 15k ish in South America...

The offer for a free Tex-Mex dinner and libation(s) is still good, for you and the Mrs., on your pass through South Central Texas.


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Old 02-19-2013, 02:18 PM   #16178
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Tie the spokes to each other with zip ties.

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Old 02-19-2013, 02:44 PM   #16179
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I'm sure the wife will understand the need for a pre-ride nipple check.
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Old 02-19-2013, 03:10 PM   #16180
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South America too?

Far fewer ants there for sure. In fact, other than the really really adventurous types, they got us yanks reluctant to play in Mexico, at the moment.

Iraq sounds more friendly. Certainly less body count.

If you can just jump over Mexico, it would be so much simpler.
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Old 02-19-2013, 03:28 PM   #16181
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South America too?

Far fewer ants there for sure. In fact, other than the really really adventurous types, they got us yanks reluctant to play in Mexico, at the moment.

Iraq sounds more friendly. Certainly less body count.

If you can just jump over Mexico, it would be so much simpler.
I beg to differ. Bunch of media border hype. I've never had an issue over the border.
I do avoid the big cities. No reason to go there anyway.

The interior has the nicest people. I don't speak Spanish and they would just work with me.
The bad you hear about is about bad people getting what they may deserve.

Some idiot in California killed four people today even after the one gave him his car during
the carjack. South is soon going to be the new safe zone.
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Old 02-19-2013, 03:51 PM   #16182
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old git. depending on when you are in the denver area. I have a spare room and a 3 car garage if you need a place to rest.
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Old 02-19-2013, 04:23 PM   #16183
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Thanks for the replies and sentiments guys.

We are looking at about 20k miles in the US and Alaska and then another 15k ish in South America.

I included the bearings as we are 2 up and loaded with luggage and they will likely suffer - and slim we ain't .The bearings will be carrying about half a ton. I am looking at a new shock to take the extra weight.

The levers are obvious for fall overs etc although our bike is pretty robust, but we could bin the filters given what has been said above.

I appreciate a lot of you guys have done some serious mileage but I do not know of anyone that had done high mileage 2 up.

I am currently prepping our bike and will soon post on all the mods I have made. So far the only problem I have had is missing spokes.
+1 on zip tying the spokes at the cross points. Doesn't need to be tight, just enough so if you loose a nipple, you don't have spokes flopping around to be lost or do damage.



For that length of trip, I would consider packing the air filter, (unless you are using foam ones), as many shops here do not stock them. Oil filters are easy to find, just carry a copy of the compatible list of filters. You might score a filter or two before heading South of the US border, just for simplicity. Oil can be found pretty easily, Cargo truck dealers in SA often sell diesel rated oil, which is also the proper rating for motorcycles and lacks the friction modifiers that are hard on wet clutches.

Yamaha has good wheel bearings. No harm in carrying them. Most bearing supply houses or larger auto parts stores will likely carry the correct size and be able to cross reference the numbers on the bearings/seals. My FJR front wheel bearing did die prematurely at 149,750 miles. What junk! Should have lasted at least 150k miles. And that was with it's entire life being heavily loaded with fuel cell and usually full rally load, but that was about 400 lbs total over the bike weight, pushing 1000 lbs loaded with me on the bike.

On the levers, have you removed the handguards? From my drops and low speed dumps, the levers seem to be well protected inside the handguards, (just oem).

You might consider pre-arranging a tyre change so that a tyre or tyres are waiting for you somewhere. In store availability of tires in moto shops in the US varies widely, often not much in our sizes.

If you haven't already put it on your list, change out the fork oil before you ship the bike over and flush/bleed the brake system with some quality DOT 4 brake fluid.
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Old 02-19-2013, 04:35 PM   #16184
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My FJR front wheel bearing did die prematurely at 149,750 miles. What junk!
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Old 02-19-2013, 06:58 PM   #16185
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South America too?

Far fewer ants there for sure. In fact, other than the really really adventurous types, they got us yanks reluctant to play in Mexico, at the moment.

Iraq sounds more friendly. Certainly less body count.

If you can just jump over Mexico, it would be so much simpler.
If you skip touring Mexico you are making a huge mistake.
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