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    What country are you going to?
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    Change the air in the tires as soon as you get there from the American PSI stuff to the Kg PSI air found in most foreign countries.

    I would change the stock front tire right now over to a better one than the death wing and load both front and rear tubes with Ride On balance and sealer fluid.

    Where you are going and the accessibility to fresh fuel will be important in this adventure. I would have a rear Cycle rack for sure on the bike before it travels and of course a DID X ring chain on new sprockets.

    The major problem with doing what you are doing is in the details. You can bring all the spare parts as noted above but going strictly by Murphy's Law, the part that fails will be one you never considered. TWs are a very reliable bike but at any time a "Watch A Ma Call It" could fail and leave you stranded. I would be highly concerned with the fuel system and the types of fuels you will have in foreign countries, Real gasoline or will it be E-10, E-15 or some other ethanol blend these bikes were never designed to run with. I think I would want a brand new carb in the box along with the boot from the carb to air filter box because a very high percentage of the issues we hear have everything to do with the fuel delivery system.

    Wishing you much luck and can't wait to hear where you are going and hope you keep us updated along the way.

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    It will really help if you tell us which country you are going to, if you are going to Africa there is a Yamaha dealership in nearly every country on this continent AND then there is also the services of the friendly DHL, FEDEX and USPS couriers that will ship any part that you need to you from the US to Africa or nearly any other 3rd world country in the world.
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    Invest in some Loctite. Also a spare set of cables and depending on where your going a case of oil.
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    Sorry, I should have mentioned in the original post where I'm headed. I'm being posted to Havana, Cuba.

    I'm absolutely sure there are no Yamaha shops there!

    I'll be able to make the short flight to Miami every couple of months and can pick up things that would fit in a suitcase. Big items like racks and tires need to go in my sea shipment, along with the bike.

    Good suggestions so far.

    One (probably stupid) question - is changing the chain myself an easy task? What kind of chain tool would you recommend?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mapledell View Post
    Sorry, I should have mentioned in the original post where I'm headed. I'm being posted to Havana, Cuba.

    I'm absolutely sure there are no Yamaha shops there!

    I'll be able to make the short flight to Miami every couple of months and can pick up things that would fit in a suitcase. Big items like racks and tires need to go in my sea shipment, along with the bike.

    Good suggestions so far.

    One (probably stupid) question - is changing the chain myself an easy task? What kind of chain tool would you recommend?
    WOW, Communist Cuba, almost as bad as here in NY! Not casting any negative aspersions on the Cuban people but I would want a really stout chain and lock with me where ever I went on that Island. They have been off the grid since the late 50s early 60s and I will bet a nice new TW would be a real prize in the seedier underground.

    In answer to your question regarding the chain, Yes and NO! It all depends upon your level of mechanical ability, How much time you have and how deep your wallet is. I think if you have a decent dealer you bought the bike from you could be best served by buying the DID X ring chain from him and paying to put it on your bike. You will probably pay a little more this way but it is one more thing off your list and we have no idea when you are shipping out. A chain is a simple change for some and a real PITA for others so only you know abilities and if it is worth trying to save $20-$30 trying to DIY. Ringed chains can test your skills and buying the good tool will cost more than the labor.

    One plus you have in Cuba is there are a lot of very competent mechanics well versed in working on Old School bikes and cars such as the TW really is. Some of those guys know more about 50s and 60s cars than most Americans.

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    One other thing after you get down there. We want pictures!!!!
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    I think you've got lots of advice about spare parts so I don't want to make the list longer.
    If there is a suggestion that I agree 100% is the one from GaryL. Take a good lock/chain to be safe. I visited the island early 90's, I know it was a long time ago, lots of rain since then, Fidel C is gone but I have to say even though I met extremely nice and friendly people I met sketchy ones willing to do whatever it takes to get a few $$$$$, nobody want to hear details.
    Anyway, I hope you will have a great time in such a beautiful place, I can't wait to see pics of you with the TW.
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    Preparation would be my focus. I'd make sure the TW is well run-in before the trip. Good o-ring chain, heavy duty tubes, some lever guards (we call them bark busters over here), fuel filter. Your oil filter will be fine for the duration (washable), I would take all your own oil for changes though. A few consumables wouldn't hurt: spark plug, headlight globe, chain lube, filter oil, fuel filter.

    There might be more Yamahas there than you think, dealers on a lot of the local islands.
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    Get Bark Busters lever protectors
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