Geez, 17 days round trip seems like hell. Almost 7k miles, seems a bit rough even on the most comfortable bike. I did a trip back in June, NYC to Chicago/Milwaukee and back (3 days spent in Chicago site seeing) in 7 days flat. Left Friday after work, and was back the following Friday Afternoon. On the return route, i went through Michigan for a Vrod meet (my bike) , crossed into Canada at Detriot, made a pitstop Niagara Falls for the last night because I have family there. Round trip was 2202 miles and that was brutal, and my bike sat in a parking lot for a full 48 hours when I was in Chicago. Then again, the seat/posture of a Vrod isn't meant for long distances without modification.