All summer long I have slowly been putting all the pieces together for a 3 week, 5,000 mile motorcycle trip. Today those pieces have come together and the bike is ready to go. Some stuff worked out well, other stuff didn't. I got advice from many members and threads here so thanks to everyone. I did a lot of maintenance stuff like oil and filter change, coolant change, new rubber... But I also had a couple more things to work out that I had never attempted before.
First up was luggage. I decided to go with hard cases because I wanted something that will last a long time, is very secure, completely waterproof and has plenty of storage. I was initially concerned that my single sided exhaust would interfere with the mounting/cases. Luckily when I got them and mounted them they fit just fine. So here are some pictures of the bike with SW Motech Quicklock Sidecarriers for the 919 with attached M1550 Pelican cases. I probably could have used smaller cases but I'll go with it as is and I can always swap out the cases later.
Here is the bike with the cases attached...
Here is a picture of the clearance between the exhaust and the rack for any of those interested...
And 15 seconds later with them off thanks to the Quicklock system...
I'm not a big fan of the turn signal location. I will eventually change them when I get home to something a little sleeker, maybe with a fender eliminator.
Next on my list of things to do was have a way to charge my phone since I will be using it as GPS, MP3 player etc. So thanks to HondaJim's thread and a few others I was able to wire it up pretty easily once I had the correct parts. I would have used an SAE connecter and battery tender cable but this was literally the only connector I could find after checking a dozen or so stores. And due to time restraints I didn't want to order something online.
I left it long so I can run it up into the tank bag.
I had intended to put on a set of Givi Crashbars but when I got them in the mail they hit the headers. They will probably end up in the classifieds when I get back. I would have ordered some Motovation frame sliders but didnt have time by the time I figured that out. I'm toying with the idea of ordering them and having them shipped down my destination in Florida
I have a bigger universal windshield that I may try to put on it but I like the smaller windshield and am comfortable with the wind from it.
For those interested this is a rough estimate of the route I'll be taking...
Boston, MA to I-90 E - Google Maps
I'll be spending a week in WI at a family reunion and then spending another week in FL at my parents house.
If anyone wants any other info on any of the stuff I did let me know and I can tell you what I can and I have plenty of other pictures.