So I've just mentally committed to taking the Brute on a pretty serious trip- starting June 1. I'm going to ride from Santa Fe to the Bay area for a weekend seminar and visit some friends. Then I'll ride up the coast as far as Portland, Or. to visit some other friends, and finally, work my way back home via Denver. All in all I'm guessing about 4,000 miles. I have 17 days, which is plenty barring bad weather, or heaven forbid, mechanical problems. I've done a fair number of long trips on other bikes, and a couple of multi day trips on the Brute, but nothing this long. Though the bike has been great, reliable, fun, etc., part of me is still a little nervous about its "exotic" Italian heritage- that is, I hope to hell it doesn't leave me stranded in the Nevada desert. I recently had a major service done (including changing the rear hub bearings) , and will change oil and tires right before I leave. That and some cortisone injections into my butt, and I think I'll be ready. Any thoughts?