The thing is, it doesn't have to be painful . . .Reliability issues aside, it still boils down to true grit and your threshold of personal pain.
I agree. I don't even do a major service just before a long ride. Too many things can go wrong. On my LT once, after a valve check, my left foot was bathed in oil I noted at a stop! Valve cover gasket was janked; major inconvenience, but I was "only" 100 miles from home, and limped back to the barn.Never take a brand-new bike out on a ride like that. You have to put some shakedown miles on it first.
Thanks for sharing😀Here is a link to the GTL Riders Blog if you're interested in it.
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