So my buddies and I are heading off into the wild to do a small part of the Trans America Trail, hitting some of Nevada and all of Oregon, then back down the coast to Summerless San Francisco. The bike needs a few things to be ready for the trip, so here we are documenting what needs doing. Feelings of Panic are setting in as I just looked at the calendar. How does it take a month of prep time to ride a bike for 7-9 days? LOL Here is Day 1 It started with a little leak that needed fixing: And let's face it I have not done anything to the bike since the last desert trip, so it's time to dig in. First Drain the gas: Try to catch a drop mid-air: She may not look like much, but she's got it where it counts, kid. (Now do you know why I have the cover?) You do NOT need 11 Gallons of Gas. You do NOT. No no no you do NOT. Good lord, dirt and dust, justa ever-wheres! My Lead Acid Battery finally died, and so I was able to use the Odyssey that had been sitting around (on a charger) for ever. Need to figure out a proper mount for this thing. Repaired Speedo Should be done by tomorrow. It goes HERE: Order this part! Buy Some Tires! This is a Dunlop 606 on the rear. IRC 110 on the Front, both are toast. Oh man. Don't let your bike fall off the lift! Welding: While there, get this welded too (steering stops) -- thank you nice lady in the SUV for driving me into that pickup! Replace brake pads (they are OK but they squeal like that guy in "Deliverance". I'm thinking the INSIDE of the Airbox should NOT look like this (note the clean swipe!): Worlds smallest oil cooler. How Ghetto of me is it to leave this "Death Valley Repair Job" as it is? Stated to do some cleanup... Looking better already Carbs need cleaning for sure: Getting down to the leaking Neutral Switch, which the put in a pretty convenient place for you! Now we have some room in there (note the Twin Headlight Ernie Bash Plate) Here is the leak, WAY tucked up in there. How do I get that thing out of there? I took off the engine mounting stud, but not sure if that middle section is a spacer or what... I also took a wire brush to some of the front spokes, this was more of a "Proof of Concept" than anything, These things are pretty crusty. Well that about does it for Day 1. Clean everything up and off to bed. Night Night Max, you Mad Mule.