Highest mileage: old school inline 4, air cooled

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by PBOB, Nov 3, 2012.

  1. PBOB

    PBOB MOTO NUT

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    nice...
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  2. trevorf

    trevorf Banned

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    Well I have some high milers myself...
    !st is my 1980 GS750e I'm the 2nd owner and it has 49000k
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    next is my 1984 GS1150ef with 47000k. found this bike on a farm rotting away outside for some years. Bought it for $600 and fixed it up.
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    Last is my 1988 gsxr with 78000k on it.
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  3. RayAlazzurra

    RayAlazzurra Stuck in the Eighties

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    I'm not sure if it counts since it is a fairly modern engine with hydraulic valves, but my CB750 has about 136,000 miles so far. Still going strong with only routine maintenance. Somewhere I read a story in a bike mag about a guy with over 300,000 miles on an old CB750 SOHC. It was titled the weary warrior and the guys name was Ken Frick?
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  4. Bmblbee

    Bmblbee Dust Monkey

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    A GS1150es is on my bike bucketlist.
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  5. ctune80

    ctune80 Been here awhile

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    Not mine but there were a group of guys I used to meet every year at Mid Ohio that rode 650 and 900 Yamaha Secas. The low mileage bike was 80,000 and the rest where over 100K.
    My personal Seca only has 40,000 on it but I haven't ridden it in a few years.
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  6. PBOB

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  7. ShaftyNZ

    ShaftyNZ Adventurer

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    Some lovely Bikes here Guys - awesome.

    I ride a Honda ST1300 and a few years ago when participating in a "4 Corners of the Country" (New Zealand) event, took a stone to the radiator with around 200 kilometres to go. The local Honda Dealership came to the rescue loaning me a very tidy ST1100 they had on the floor. It ticked over 190,000 km's that weekend and rode REAL SWEET!

    Sorry, not an inline 4, but hey, forgive me? :evil
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  8. East Coast Rider

    East Coast Rider Just Me...

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  9. PBOB

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    has anyone ever heard of or seen 200,000 miles on an air cooled inline 4?,,,,,
    im sure 100,000m is fairly (sort-of) often....
    eh? :D
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  10. scotteroni

    scotteroni Been here awhile

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    Here's my 82 CB900C with 39K. Stored in a barn for many years and bought for $350.

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  11. PBOB

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    :eek1
    $350- sweet!
    i guess overpaid for my 2 cb900c's by about $2700....
    nice looking bike too.
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  12. MacMcMacmac

    MacMcMacmac Idiots Avant!

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    A guy from the Netherlands on the XJ Bikes site had a 900 with over 400000km on it.
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  13. PBOB

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    this can't be the extent of out list guys!
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  14. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    Ok, I'll play...

    1979 Yamaha 1100 Special

    My Dad bought it with 100,000 miles on it from the original owner in 1983, put a California Sidecar on it and put 200,000 miles on it until he gave it to me in 1995, I freshened up the brakes and got another 30,000 out of it until it was blowing so much oil smoke that I sold it...it rode away with 330,000 miles total, odo had rolled over three times and I got $350 for it.
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  15. PBOB

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    no freakin way man! that is awesome. i assume your dad was pretty squared away on maintaining the rig?... he must have driven it everyday. i must say- if any of us sold our primary car or truck- and made ourselves ride our motorcycles everyday like in south america and other countries- I'm sure we'd see more 200k motorcycles out here in the USA.
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  16. ineptizoid

    ineptizoid I'm scared hold me

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    Had an '82 GS1100E myself for a few years back in the 90's, bought it with 20K mi. on the clock and sold it with ~52K on it and other than a weeping head gasket it was running fine. Needed a rectifier somewhere around the 40K-mile mark, and the head gasket was replaced somewhere around 30K. Other than that, just routine maintenance. Had a ferocious appetite for rear tires, as I recall...
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  17. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    Yeah, daily rider in SoCal...weather is ideal 360 days per year. Many big trips with my step-mom, weekend trips with me in the sidecar with my little step-brother in my lap. Burnouts and smokey left turn donuts were a favorite of his. Sidecars aren't really practical in California because of traffic, but my Dad had his own business and set his hours so he didn't have to mess with traffic.

    The guy he got it from did road racing with it and replaced the cam chain, that was the only engine work. It was still a solid bike, trans was awesome...just needed a top end rebuild when I sold it, I just couldn't afford to do it at that time.
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  18. Andyvh1959

    Andyvh1959 Cheesehead Klompen

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    I'm certain that with proper care many of the Japanese 4's will easily go over 100,000 miles. But you rarely ever see that.

    My daily rider 94 BMW R1100RS has "only" 170,000 miles on it and going strong. Never been into the engine, original injectors, cams, valves, timig chains, etc. My 76 BMW R100RS only has 65,000 on it. Buddy of mine has 380,000 on his 84 BMW R80. Another BMW rider I know has over 500,000 on one bike.

    Same guy, recently saw his BMW 04 R1150R engine apart for a timing chain replacement (gotta split the cases to do it). Still showed the original cross-hatching in the cylinders, no ridge at the top of the bores and no bore taper, ring end gap was still well within stock, no piston scuffing, small and big con rod ends where good. So the engine went back together with the original stock parts. Oh, it had only 225,000 miles on it.

    By the way, we all live in Wisconsin, so our riding is a "bit" weather dependent.
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  19. PBOB

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    i'm just shooting for 100k on my '82 cb900c. I'm at 34k... I got it with 20k around 2yrs ago. but i do take good care of it and i'm pretty mello with it. i don't try to set any land speed records, so hopefully that may promote longevity of bike. still, i know it may come down to the bike genetics--was it built on friday, monday? is some fatal flaw about to end its life?etc... the longer i keep it- the more attached i get to it, therefore lending me to think i will likely fix a catostrophic mishap if it arises, instead of sending it to the junk yard or parting out. i guess i plan to ride it till it dies [​IMG]
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  20. seviston

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    My 1982 GS 1100G Hybrid Cooley Replica. Dodge Viper Blue and White done in 1997. Motor has 82,000 miles with 29mm smoothies.

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