Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: Castle Rock, CO 80108
As long as you are not looking for a lasting service relationship- check out Woodbridge Powersports (used to be Woodbridge Kawasaki), just do not let them work on your bike. I have made trips similar to that in the past, just not in that short of a time. I'll spare you my views on making a trip like that with your level of street riding experience, and offer you this:
First, make sure you put enough miles on the bike to get past your break in service. Make sure you plan to bring some maintenance stuff- patch kit, tools, etc...(saddlebags?). Next, while your doing your gear shopping, I'd look more towards touring gear (i.e. waterproof stuff). When you find some stuff you like (if you have the time) I'd check out some of the websites talked about on this board to save yourself some cash.
Lastly, I hope you're not planning on travelling alone. Even if you are (bad idea, btw) I'd try and leave more time to make the trip. Personally, I equate every mile rode to about 3 miles driven. It takes a hell of alot more mental awareness and physical exertion to ride, especially over long distances. Good luck and be careful.
Don't try to keep up with my life, you'll only get hurt.