On a positive note, the bike is good and ready for the trip. The old girl just turned 114,000Km and runs as good as the first day I got her. Purrs like a kitten at idle, roars like a lioness in heat when I wring her throttle. Just got new tires (should easily last the entire trip), brakes got new EBC HH pads, washed her thoroughly yesterday. She'll be dirty as a Shanghai whore by the time we get back and will be flogged almost as much, but I don't foresee any malfunctions. This bike has proven reliable as an anvil so far, and I have no reason to expect anything less for the foreseeable future.