Okay, this will be a little ride report along with some S10 observations. The main details: I left New Braunfels, Texas Aug. 21st with temps a little over 100F and went north in seach of cooler temperatures. Also, attended my 40th high school reunion in southeastern Ohio over Labor Day weekend. Along the way I wanted to ride in places I hadn't visited in a long time so no planned routes. Observations: The stock seat, level mod completed, with a bead rider cover worked well. However, I did noticed in hot temperatures my butt got sore but in cooler temps all was well. Oil: I went the trip, approximately 8,800 miles, without changing oil. I did stop at a dealer for an oil change but couldn't get in. A little background, not wanting this to be an oil thread, when I rode a FJR and used regular oil I noticed around 4,000 miles the shifting got harder and engaging first gear was noiser. After I switched to synthetic, this didn't happen. Consequently, I now use Lucas synthetic and on this trip I didn't notice any difference in shifting so I felt okay. Of course, once I got home I immediately changed the oil. Fuel usage: Amazing gas mileage increase riding in the northeast with low speed limits compared to Texas. Wow! Michelin Anakee Tires: Good traction all around. I still have the rear tire on the bike and expect to get 10,000 or more miles from the tire. And, severely disappointed in the front tire wear. I had to change it in Canada at less then 7,000 miles. Interesting Michelin built this combination of tires with such different wear characteristics. Garman GPS 395LM: Adventurous routing: I'm clueless on the software for this. In Missouri it routed me on some dirt roads which were short cuts and except me dabbing/soaking a boot in a creek all was good. In Virginia, I thought I was never going to get to where I wanted to go... All good in the end.