Finally laid her over...
I'd decided I'd take a trip over to Iowa City for the long weekend (it's around a 400 mile round-trip) and apparently decided to start the journey in a memorable way, but dumping the 1200 in the driveway.
I'd decided to wear some new boots for the trip and apparently they're just a wee bit longer in the toe than I'm used to. Since I tend to warm the bike up and climb over while it's running, I managed to toe the shift lever into first while getting on - the bike jumped forward, folded the side stand and down she went. Fortunately, I was able to slow the fall to little more than a soft landing, but there was no way I could hold her up enough to prevent it. She landed right on the guards and sustained no damage. Fortunately I still have enough left in my tank to get her back upright, but I paid for it in soreness the day after.
That said, I felt pretty stupid. Since then I've been warming her up and then shutting her down, getting on and starting again.
Aside from that, the trip was pretty good. It's not very scenic, being mostly the Interstate, but traffic was generally light and I rarely had to dip below 80. The bike held up beautifully, made 38mpg on the way there and 34 fighting a rough wind on the way back.
I did wind up with some oily feet, as the rocker covers are seeping. I think the rubber retainers that actually hold it on are long-since shot, but I've been super timid about dropping the exhaust, removing the crash bars and trying to get the bolts free to replace them. I'm not very well equipped to handle breaking studs or snapping those weird shouldered bolts. The only other concern is the exhaust leak that I still haven't managed to track down. The bike is plenty loud because of it, and I don't care for it. Fortunately I ride with earplugs so I don't notice much once I'm underway.
So, all in all, a fun ride. Glad I did it, and I'm certainly glad I got some seat time in before winter inevitably eats Chicagoland alive.