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post #1 of 17 Old 04-11-2014, 07:33 PM Thread Starter
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Thumbs up 2008 WeeStrom passes 100K miles, still going strong!

April 10, 2014: 2008 V-strom 650 passes 100K mile mark (miles--not KM). So far, my bike has survived 4 accidents (2 with police officers!). At 74K miles, generator/rectifier died--no longer charged battery. At 86K miles, replaced bad starter motor (probably brushes, but was too lazy and inexperienced to take motor apart and change brush assembly). Had starting problems after 90K miles: disassembled starter button and cleaned contacts: did the trick. Other than that, just basic maint. Best tires so far: Michelin Anakee 2/3's. Last very long (even longer than Metzeler ME880's). Also, out of the 5-6 brands I've tried, the Anakee is best rain tire. Best/cost efficient oil: Rotella T6. Favorite spark plug: NGK Iridiums CR8EIX. At 75K miles, developed left fork oil seal leak. Am changing seals this weekend for first time. Need a 24 MM wrench for fork caps.

Ridden through moderate-heavy rain, lightening, hail and Bay Area traffic for 5+ years now. Temperatures from 27 deg. F to 108 in San Ramon, CA. Hope to get at least 50K more miles out of bike: still runs very well.
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post #2 of 17 Old 04-11-2014, 07:37 PM
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Its the Cheese! :mrgreen:

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post #3 of 17 Old 04-11-2014, 07:49 PM
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Congrats. I hope to keep my glee that long. Your avitar pic would be disappointed that you are wasting so much fuel.

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post #4 of 17 Old 04-11-2014, 11:08 PM
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Congrats on the 100,000 miles!

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post #5 of 17 Old 04-11-2014, 11:14 PM
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Congrats and Welcome to the club!


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post #6 of 17 Old 04-12-2014, 09:58 AM
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You da man! And your Wee da bike!

Quite a testimonial to Rotella, for sure. I do believe I'll be looking in that direction at the next oil change.

You ever get out Placerville way shoot me a PM.

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post #7 of 17 Old 04-12-2014, 10:30 AM
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Post like this confirm I purchased the right bike. Congrats and best of luck on the next 100k.


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post #8 of 17 Old 04-12-2014, 11:14 AM
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congrats on your first 100K.
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post #9 of 17 Old 04-12-2014, 11:20 AM
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Congrats on your milestone, sounds like you got your moneys worth. Might be time to give po po a break. :biggrinjester:

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That's awsome! Hope I reach that goal someday.

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