Main Motorcycle: '02 Sprint
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Palo Alto, CA
I'm sure you have schedule requirements that are forcing you to put in so many high-mileage days but I can't imaging enjoying a road trip with so many butt-busting days. Are most of your days going to be cruising at 80 mph on the interstates?
I agree with the other comments re tires - yes, you'll need new ones, especially if you're straight-lining it at high speed. The front may be OK but the rear will flatten out. Be careful about that - you can go from safe tires to going through the cords in one day. If you can, you might want to plan in advance where to get a new rear (at least) tire installed to match the front.
Are your chain and sprockets in good shape now? If the chain slack had been set too tight before, they could already be in poor shape. If they've been well maintained and you keep it that way, they should last through the trip. As a quick check, pull on the chain at the very back of the rear sprocket - you should be able to just barely lift the chain from the sprocket. More than a millimeter or two and you'll need to check more thoroughly. Chain slack should be kept at 1Â½ inches. A bit too much is better than too little.
Sprints have a history of mushy brakes. Here's an easy way every evening to keep them firmed up on the trip:
Check the little tab at the top of the brake pads for ANY movement against the disk. If there's even the slightest sideways jiggle on one, remove the retaining bolt and pull that pad out. Turn it sideways and set it in front of ONE piston. Squeeze the lever until you see the other piston move just a few mm (too much and you'll have trouble getting the pads back in). When you've set one piston, take the pad set out, slip it in front of the piston you just adjusted and adjust the second. Put the pad set back in, replace the retaining bolt and you should be set. If you've never done this, you may have more than one or two pistons sticking open.
As others mentioned, ear plugs will make the trip much more comfortable.