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Old 11-06-2007, 08:40 AM   #16
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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.
Okay then, I vote for twin shock airheads - with points. The only time my /5 stopped running was on a trip was when the aftermarket electronic ignition took a dump. I pulled off the highway and put the stock parts back in, and rode on. They don't make enough horsepower to hurt themselves, they're simple, and easy to work on.
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Old 11-06-2007, 01:05 PM   #17
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Old 11-06-2007, 01:33 PM   #18
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Stock 74 and 80 cubic inch flathead Springfield Indians, just as long as you don't try prolonged speeds of over 65mph .
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Old 11-06-2007, 04:27 PM   #19
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volvo B20 as found in a P1800S with over 2 million miles on it.
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Old 11-06-2007, 04:33 PM   #20
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Any last generation airhead.
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Old 11-06-2007, 07:27 PM   #21
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Suzuki Gs850g, its an underbored 1000 and pretty close to industructable. I got a free one that had been sitting in a basement, was totally trashed, I set it on fire trying to start it and then it ran with only about 3 bolts holding the complety rusted through exhaust on. Even the bigger ones were way overbuilt. A friend of mine ran a gs1150 drag bike at close to 200hp with nitrous for years before it finally gave up. And the shaft drives are way better then BMW's, many go years without new driveshaft oil with no problems (yes I have an airhead now and love it, but it needs more care).
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Old 11-07-2007, 05:52 AM   #22
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Yes it's subjective, But Which would you consider one
of the most reliable engines made? (bygone or present).
something bullet-proof, easy to maintain, with globally
sourceable parts (to a degree) .

So far I have the predictable DR650 and XR600/650 on the list
Which others?



Ford 302 straight six,

as found in both the F150 and farm tractors.

Hands down, can't break it,
most likely holds the record for longest production run.


hammers, pipe wrenches and baling wire is about all you need to service it, IF you service it
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Old 11-07-2007, 05:56 AM   #23
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I have to keep fidgeting everything else on my '72 Toyota Land Cruiser but the engine keeps running ... well, a valve adjustment every 20K, but other than that ...
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Old 11-07-2007, 06:04 AM   #24
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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.

Rotax, rotax, rotax. If that won't do.
K75's
airhead's
honda's GL's
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Old 11-07-2007, 06:07 AM   #25
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I have to keep fidgeting everything else on my '72 Toyota Land Cruiser but the engine keeps running ... well, a valve adjustment every 20K, but other than that ...

Only vehicle made that can climb tree's FJ40's
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Old 11-07-2007, 08:27 AM   #26
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Mid-80's suzuki GS series. Air-cooled, shaft-driven. Can't break'em. I love mine.

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Old 11-07-2007, 08:40 AM   #27
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Old 11-07-2007, 03:49 PM   #28
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Given your perimeters, Suzuki DR650 or Yamahammer XS650.
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Old 11-07-2007, 04:38 PM   #29
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Why I don't ask Huskvarna 610cc ????
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Old 11-09-2007, 07:10 AM   #30
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BIKE; I can break anything but probably Honda flat 6, 1500cc version. Airheads are a close second.

CAR: Mercedes 617.xxx series deisel. Supposedly some cab in Greece hit 2 million miles. My newer 603.xxx series diesel has 210k and I expect 200k more miles out of it (if the car doesn't fall apart around it).
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