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post #1 of 30 Old 05-20-2014, 08:58 PM Thread Starter
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Talking 650 engine durability

New 2013 DL650 adventure, creeping up on 2000 miles. I have heard everybody say how reliable these motors are, I have no reason to suspect otherwise. My question is how durable are they. I find myself riding this thing like I stole it all the time. I am constantly ringing it out and spinning it up every chance I get. The motor seems to take it in stride and actually once the tach hits 7 grand the sudden surge is just a blast. So much different than my Harley ever was. I cant help it, its just too much fun. Can I expect any long term negative effects from riding like this? The motor came from a SV sportbike so I suspect all will be fine but just want to verify with those that know. I'm not beating it, just riding it fun.

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post #2 of 30 Old 05-20-2014, 09:12 PM
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My personal view that has served me well over many bikes is to simply avoid ever hitting the rev limiter. Most of the fun is over before the rev limiter anyway so it's not difficult.

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Surprising how sporty these things are, right?! I rode my 27 year old 1985 CB700SC the same way to no ill effects, so I'm guessing its fine doing the same on these new Gladius engines, but I'm only 2300 miles into mine.

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I take the view that the harder you treat them "in the field" the better you should treat them in the maintenance bay. Just mho.

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Never hear much about someone grenading a motor on this bike yet.

Doesn't seem to happen on the SV's either. The rev limiter really helps. Not sure when it kicks in, I'd suspect around 10k on the DL. No reason to rev it that far. Peak power is around 8500 rpm.

I find myself not going over 7k very often. Don't need to. Only reason is to drag race someone or WOT run.

I did have a friend on a SV1000S break the transmission drag racing it though.

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I think the engine is happy in the neighborhood of 5-6-7k. That's where I like to ride. Max torque is around 6.5k
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Max torque is around 6.5k
The torque curves I've seen are so flat past 4000rpm that I don't think 'Max torque' matters much.

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I watch the tach closely, I have only tapped 10k twice, I didnít know it had a rev limiter so that is reassuring. I find my shift point at wot is around 9k and spirited riding around town around 7 to 8. I guess I just need to get use to the idea of a V twin spinning up like this does. All of my imports previously have been inline Ďs or thumpers. All my V twins have been HD that never saw 5k. I am anal about maintenance so it will get rode hard and pampered in the shop.I dont think these motors were built to putz around, they are just to fun.

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I bought this as a scratching bike that I don't have to detune with my right hand on crappy roads. It has been a successful experiment. My motor gets a caning to within 1000 rpm of redline quite a lot and just loves it, rings getting nicely seated and it's running better all the time. The old thinking about higher rpm (within manufacturer limits) "wearing" more is not as relevant as it was in older tech engines (well, four strokes anyway...)

Keep the oil and filter clean and I doubt you can harm it...

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I had a piston scrape on my '07 -- replaced under warranty.

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