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post #1 of 6 Old 10-15-2019, 09:06 AM Thread Starter
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How many miles

I have a 09 DL 650 with 70k on the clock. It doesn't use oil and has been well car for. How many miles are these bikes good for and what can I expect to get before any major issues?

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post #2 of 6 Old 10-15-2019, 09:42 AM
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Tom, a moderator here based in Ontario, has done 212,000km on his 2006 DL650 so far, and 203,000km on his 2016 DL1000.
Hopefully he will chime in with what, if any, his major maintenance has entailed.
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My 04 Wee has 100+K miles and haven't had any engine issues. Hasn't had but one valve check at 80K miles.
Oil at 6K filter at 12K.
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Modern engines last a long time, its all the other little pieces that need attention. If you do regular preventive maintenance, you should easily go 100k miles. Age is also a determining factor, because rubber parts (hoses, O-rings, etc.) don't last as long as metal ones. This is not a big deal if you do your own maintenance, but it can get expensive if you pay a dealer to do the work.
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140k miles on mine so far and it has never left me stranded. Oil every 3,500 miles. Ridden year round and sits outside in Philadelphia, it has had a very hard life.

Non-routine maintenance:
- Wheel bearings
- Sprocket carrier bearing
- Shifter replaced (wore out)
- Oil cooler and lines replaced (started leaking)
- Fuel filter bypassed
- Starter rebuilt
- Cush drive rubber (multiple)
- Rear shock

The engine hasn't been apart since a valve clearance adjustment 120k ago. Probably worth re-checking.

These bikes are tough. Keep an eye on the oil level on long trips. Clean the electrical connections and switchgear with deoxit every once in a while.
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Wera688, on this forum, has gone 433,000+ miles on DL1000. I think there's a thread here somewhere that he details his maintenance.

Here's a pic of it from the 2016 Eastern V-Strom Rally.





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