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Old 11-06-2007, 06:21 AM   #1
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Question Most Reliable Engines

Yes it's subjective, But Which would you consider one of the most reliable engines made? (bygone or present).
something bullet-proof, that can go the distance - easy to maintain - with globally sourceable parts (to a degree) .



Here's the consensus so far:



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Yamaha XS 650
Yamaha XT 225/500/600
Yamaha TT500

Rotax 250/650

BMW K75
BMW Airhead's
BMW Twin Shock Air Heads (points)

Guzzi Round-fin
Guzzi Nikasil Barrel

Kawasaki 400/440's (70's-80's)
Kawasaki ZX14
Kawasaki KZ1000

Suzuki GS650G/850G (Mid 80's)
Suzuki DR650

Honda XR650/250/400
Honda 750/900/1100
Honda CB750/900 (70's-80's)
Honda GL1100/1500
Honda XL650V
Honda XRV750
Honda 125/150 Step through Moped

Indian 74/80" Springfield (flathead)

Jawa CZ250

Cars


Toyota FJ40
Toyota 22R
Ford 302 straight six
60's Slant Six
Land Rover 2.25 (petrol)
Lister CS diesel
Mercedes 617.xxx series (deisel)



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Old 11-06-2007, 06:40 AM   #2
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The 650 Rotax motor.
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Old 11-06-2007, 06:59 AM   #3
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Old 11-06-2007, 07:00 AM   #4
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Old 11-06-2007, 07:05 AM   #5
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MOST reliable

Ajax Oilfield engine. www.youtube.com/watch?v=27sL4PXF0dQ

440 Cubic inch single cylinder cross head two stroke. 20 horsepower, at 400 RPM. Weighing only 5,200 lbs.
10,000 hours (That's over 12 months continuous) between oil changes
200,000 hours between re-ring.
Typical sevice life - 40+ years
Most parts still available.
I'm pretty sure I could get 3 more HP out of it with a tuned pipe, but the pipe would be around 36 FEET long
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Old 11-06-2007, 07:06 AM   #6
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shouldent make that much difference to my GS
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Old 11-06-2007, 07:26 AM   #7
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Here's a few: airhead BMW boxer twins, Goldwing GL1100 , Honda 750/900/1100 DOHC fours from the 70's/80's, Honda GL1500 six,
DR650 Suzuki, Kawasaki KZ1000 DOHC fours from the 70's, all these are pretty tough. Anything will hold up a long time these days, just change the oil frequently.
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Old 11-06-2007, 07:30 AM   #8
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Toyota 22R, 60's slant six, benz diesel, oh-oh the guy with the 66 volvo with acouple million miles on it .........What, you didn't specify motorcycle only? oh, okay: it's gotta be some BMW airhead or an old Goldwing.
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Old 11-06-2007, 07:33 AM   #9
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Toyota 22R- yep, that one is unkillable.
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Old 11-06-2007, 07:44 AM   #10
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Old 11-06-2007, 07:54 AM   #11
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Reliablility

This whole discussion hinges on your defination of "reliable". Reliable as in "I wouldn't hesitate to ride it across the county"? Or reliable as in "I would not only not hesitate to ride it across the country tomorrow, but I fully expect to do it every year for the next 20 years".
I had no qualms about riding my massively modified Mach III from SoCal to Ohio and back. I knew, however, that it wouldn't do that indefinately. My /5 will.
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Old 11-06-2007, 07:57 AM   #12
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Old 11-06-2007, 08:00 AM   #13
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The old Yamaha XS 650 twin.
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Old 11-06-2007, 08:01 AM   #14
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This whole discussion hinges on your defination of "reliable". Reliable as in "I wouldn't hesitate to ride it across the county"? Or reliable as in "I would not only not hesitate to ride it across the country tomorrow, but I fully expect to do it every year for the next 20 years".
I had no qualms about riding my massively modified Mach III from SoCal to Ohio and back. I knew, however, that it wouldn't do that indefinately. My /5 will.
I did say it was subjective However, I suppose I intended the question
as in - a long haul bike, across the country and beyond. a work horse
suitable for an RTW trip if need be.
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Old 11-06-2007, 08:18 AM   #15
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transalps and africa twins have proven to be very reliable too
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