I just did a ride from WV to UT about a month ago to pick up my '11 990 ADV R. My advice in order of importance: 1. Gore-tex gear (saved my rear in blizzard and rain storm) 2. Heated grips (saved me in blizzard) 3. Heated Jacket (saved me in blizzard) 4. Seat pad (optional, can just stand up for 5 min every 1/2 hour) 5. Touring screen and/or earplugs. 6. If you are getting the service done by Geo/AOMC in Cross Roads WV, stay away from the Strohs beer in the shop fridge (might be number 1). Good luck and don't let the naysayers try and talk you out of it. Also, for freeway break in you can keep the same cruising speed and just change gears to vary RPM, just keep it under 6500 RPM per the manual for the first 600 miles.