Originally Posted by HillbillyWV
If you could go back and begin your planning from scratch with the experience you now have on the road, what would you do the same and what would you change?
Everyone overplans and underprepares.
Don't waste time figuring out the route, the costs, things like that. With the current state of the USD, price of gas, etc. - when you hit the road, its what it is. I don't hear anyone changing their plans because of the cost of gas.
Do thoroughly test your bike, your gear, the stuff for carrying your gear, your clothing system (your layers, fabrics, etc.), your riding gear (try several sets of different types), your helmet, all your electronics and stuff like that. Try out everything before you take off - don't carry a bunch of photo gear (video, still, cords, cards, lenses, tripods) stuff like that without using it a bunch of times closer to home - and if its a pain in the ass, or you never use it on them weekend/weeklong trips, you probably aren't going to use it when you hit the road for the big trip.
If you think you'll have a web page, do it now - and try posting photos and stories about your weekend rides and if find its a pain in the arse to do now, it won't get easier later.
don't figure on taking anything on your trip you haven't used and tested, and learned how it operates in advance.
That's my suggestions for now.
Chiang Mai, Thailand