Two weeks to go, the bike is ready and since this will be the cleanest the bike will ever be I decided to take a few pictures. The roads in the Yukon and Alaska are going to make a mess out of the bike and the salt used in Alaska during winter is very corrosive to aluminum.
Heidenau K60 Scout tires have been ordered and will be mounted in Cameron,Wisconsin. Why Cameron? Because that was the only place I found a dealer that sells the Heidenau's and it's on my route. There is a dealer in Milwaukee and Cedarburg, Wisconsin but they would be out of the way. There's a BMW dealer in Omaha but that would be too far west.
I am planning on skirting Chicago and head north towards Cameron. After I have the new tires I will head west passing Fargo and then in Jamestown start heading north crossing the border in Portal, North Dakota.
I bought a MadStad (link) adjustable windshield mount with a Crossbar to mount the GPS and radar detector. I painted a portion of my windshield so I can mount and hide the EZPass toll tag used in most of the eastern states. The vertical sides match perfectly with the adjustable windshield bracket. I don't like to see the damn tag behind the windshield where most riders mount it. Once it's mounted no one will even know I have one. Now the ADV sticker stands out even more.
Hanging out back is Darth Vader. My daughter gave me the little Vader as a present last Christmas, she knows I love everything Star Wars, since my bike is all black and I wear a black jacket and helmet, she says he complements the bike perfectly, I agree.
This coming week I will be working on what I will need to take with me and where to pack everything for my long trip. I will be camping and cooking my own meals as much as possible. There are lots of electronic devices to carry, laptop, cameras, chargers, compressor, things that take up lots of valuable space, it's always a trade-off when deciding what to take.