I still can't believe Ron is that generous with his time. I only had to mention it and he hooked up his trailer and high-tailed it down there - 1700 miles EACH way - and bought it back to his mechanic. Two tyres, one new switch block a battery, all new fluids and a thorough service and it was ready. But Ron did way more than that!!! This is what the bike looked like when I arrived three months later:
(Trying to find a photo)So...I arrived at about 10pm Wednesday evening in Charoitte, NC after flying for two days from Melbourne Australia via Japan and Detroit. Ron picked me up and I went to his place to sleep. We were due to leave on Saturday morning. I had just 48 hours to tear the bike down, fit our electronic cruise control, the bracket for my gearsack, the tankbag, all the Garmin GPS and radio communications stuff and pack my gear onto the bike somehow. To be honest I still can't believe we did it! Here is the process and the result.
Tank bag was a challenge because its all a plastic cover - magnets don't work!