Well, its 2 months from departure and I just can't wait. The bike is getting close to it's final Alaskan form. I have installed new handlebars, another 12v socket, a windshield bracket, a new front tire, and an audio amplifier. Really the only thing left is a quality top box to carry my laptop in.
This upcoming weekend will be a trial run for the complete set up. I intend to load the bike with as close to the Alaskan load as possible to see how it packs and rides with the weight. It will also give me a chance to try all the camping gear I have accumulated (thanks brother Q).
My plan is to ride 1400 km over 2 days....should be a good shakedown.