Originally Posted by gatogato
Sorry for the confusion, it is the timing chain I am talking about.
Here's some unsolicited advice.
I think it's great that you've blasted off on this trip, really. Don't take this the wrong way when I suggest that you not mess around with your bike unless you're aware of its basic requirements, or it's really running poorly. The bike is probably good to go for the remainder of your trip. Unless a fellow rider or 'real' mechanic who knows this bike is there to help, leave it alone.
Be aware of your chain (not cam) and sprocket needs, and plan ahead. A knowledgeable and friendly rider you meet can probably offer you some good advice regarding the condition of those parts.
There are some great mechanics in S/A who monitor this site and they can help, but be very leary of 'any' mechanic messing with the innards of your bike's motor. I cringe at the thoughts of what could happen.
You don't 'have to' learn anything about your bike, but if you meet some people who can teach you a few basics, don't pass up the opportunity.
Best to you, ride on......