longevity and mileage

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by clawdog60, Feb 20, 2014.

  1. clawdog60

    clawdog60 Been here awhile

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    Looking for comments and or facts as to which adv./tourer bike will be best in the long run for miles ridden and repairs. BMW,ducati,triumph
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  2. propforward

    propforward PIE!romaniac

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    Rokon.

    Can't be beat.
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  3. Cumminsman76

    Cumminsman76 befuddled

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    Tw200.
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  4. GrahamD

    GrahamD Long timer

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    Triumph,
    BMW,

    Ducati don't make one.
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  5. Nanuq

    Nanuq Aventurer by Trade

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    I know I might get crap for saying this, but...

    My KLR is really racking up the miles.
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  6. Pecha72

    Pecha72 Long timer

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    IMO, reliability and longevity come down to three main things, and this is not necessarily in order of importance:
    - the way the bike is built (engineered)
    - the way the bike is maintained
    - the way the bike is ridden/used.
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  7. XRman

    XRman Long timer

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    Suzuki DL 650 or DR650 or DRZ400.
    Any two will cost about the same as either of the Euro bikes you are looking at.
    So unless you must have one for prestige, get a DL rod bike and a Drz dirt bike and choose which one suits the trip you have in mind.

    Sent from my MB525 using Tapatalk 2
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  8. PeterW

    PeterW Long timer

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    Suzuki. The DL650 is good for 100,000k's +, the DL1000 twice that.

    I got 120,000 k's out of my last DL, as far as I know, still running (new owner).

    Pete
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  9. turbodieseli4i6

    turbodieseli4i6 Been here awhile

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    Since the Rokon and TW are in the mix. I'm Betting on the NC700X I have will last a few 100,000 miles. I guess I'll find out first hand.
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  10. stromsavard

    stromsavard Serge

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    Yamaha Super Ténéré or Yamaha FJR1300
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  11. GrahamD

    GrahamD Long timer

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    At least. Slow revving motors usually do if looked after. It's the R100 of the teenies but now you have really good oil.
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  12. turbodieseli4i6

    turbodieseli4i6 Been here awhile

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    This is the first engine that I have exclusively used Amsoil in. Not that a specific brand matters that much. My old GL1200 was still going strong after 27 years, with regular motorcycle spec oil in it.
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  13. Precis

    Precis Maladroit malcontent

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    Gold Wing....:lol3
    Any bike will do big miles if you look after it: there are any number of Aprilia Caponords running around with well over 100,000 miles - and without ever having lifted the heads, much less taken the motor out.GrahamD's right: Ducati don't make an ADV bike - they make a Mono-strada.
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  14. GrahamD

    GrahamD Long timer

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    Just run in :deal
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  15. WitchCityBallabio

    WitchCityBallabio Guzzi weirdo

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    Guzzi Stelvio. At 100,000 miles that motor will just start getting its best gas mileage. :lol3
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  16. Motomantra

    Motomantra Registered Lurker

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    And a whole new electrical system.
    Oops, I see you're a Guzzi fan. I'm gonna catch hell for this.
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  17. WitchCityBallabio

    WitchCityBallabio Guzzi weirdo

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    Urban legend. I've not had any electrical problems on any of my Guzzi's and the lowest milege on any of them is 50,000 miles.
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  18. hillbillyhonda

    hillbillyhonda corn fused

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    I don't own one, but a friend of mine had a DL650 V-Strom with well over 80,000 miles. It was still running strong when it got squashed by a car. He rode the hell out of it too. I'd buy one in a heartbeat if I were looking for another ADV bike.
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  19. cycleman2

    cycleman2 Been here awhile

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    Also a DL1000 with over 300,000 miles running around out there. The owner has listed the complete maintenance history and the extent of his problems in that time was 1 stator, everything else done to the bike was just routine maintenance. Still on the original clutch.

    My 2 cents is that any modern bike if maintained properly, driven properly and not bagging it all the time, will last a long time.
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  20. T

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    Borrowed from fireblades.org

    I was looking through some old bike mags recently and found this article in Bike May 2005. I find this sort of thing interesting as a motorcycle owner so thought I'd post some highlights.

    The fella in question is a courier called Stan, who was in his early 60's at the time of the article. His list of bikes is as follows, along with the mileage he put on to each:

    1983 Kawasaki GT550 - 15,000 miles
    1984 Kawasaki GT750 - 184,000 - "Worst bike I ever bought"
    1986 Yamaha FJ1100 - 30,000
    1987 Yamaha FJ1200 - 14,000 in 3 weeks - returned to the dealer due to excessive vibration
    1987 Yamaha FJ1200 - 90,000
    1988 Honda VFR750 FJ - 140,000
    1989 Honda VFR750 FK - 149,000 - knocked over at an airport, then traded in
    1990 Honda VFR750 FL - 852,000 - engine replaced at 440,000 after it blew its head gasket
    1996 Kawasaki ZZR1100 C3 - 252,000
    1997 Kawasaki ZZR1100 D1 - 60,000 - written off
    1998 Honda Blackbird - 410,000
    2001 Honda Blackbird - 205,000 - current bike at the time of the article

    Some mega mileages there, just goes to show those who worry about their bikes getting to 20 or 30k miles have only just scratched the surface.

    Some other info:
    Oil and filter changed every week - using Honda oil filters but 10w40 car oil - the cheap stuff (that's what he used in the 852,000 mile VFR!!)
    RK chains last far longer than any others - usually 80,000 miles
    A Scottoiler is used to keep the chain 'saturated in oil'
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