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post #1 of 32 Old 04-20-2014, 12:38 AM Thread Starter
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Ride or Fly

Hello everyone. My V-Strom adventured started three years ago with a used DL-650 that had just under 30,000 miles on the clock. The bike now has just over 60,000 and has run perfectly for every one of those 30k - what a machine.

Last August I completed my "final" cross country drive moving the bike home to DC from Arizona. Unfortunately (or fortunately) as summer rolls around I will have to travel back west for a family trip and a wedding. As I was preparing to book flights I realized that even with oil, chain, sprockets, and tires, I can probably take the bike for a hair less money than booking flights. In exchange I get to ride the blue ridge parkway, all around Colorado and Utah, through Yellowstone, and then back through the Dakotas to the east coast.

I am starting medical school in August so this will be the last time (for many years at least) that I have the free time for this kind of trip. What do you guys think? I really want to take the bike, but I do not want to blow up the engine. All told it will be at least 6,000 miles, probably meaning the bike will end August with over 70,000. Should I fly and save those miles for study breaks during med school? Or should I push the bike and see just how far it will take me? If I had at least 75% confidence that the bike would make it to roughly 100,000 miles I would take it without question. So worded differently: will a standard DL-650 ridden hard but well maintained and showing no problems through 60,000 miles make it to 100,000 miles without needing a rebuild?

I can't believe I am even asking the question, but boy it is fun to ride.

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post #2 of 32 Old 04-20-2014, 12:42 AM
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Not sure what you are worried about as far as the bike is concerned. If it has been well maintained and is in good working condition, it should go well over 100K...I say ride it and have a blast before you have to buckle down to school.

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post #3 of 32 Old 04-20-2014, 01:23 AM
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I rode a similar route, around 6200 miles on my 650 last summer. Only maintenance I did consisted of:
1) Changed chain and sprockets, and oil and filter before leaving home.
2) Replaced both tires before leaving home.
3) at about the half-way point (3000 miles), I changed the oil and filter again.

Absolutely no problems with the bike, and although heavily loaded with rider and gear (I was camping), I averaged a little better than 48 mpg. Bike has around 53k miles on it now.
I'd trust a Vstrom 650 to take me anywhere, and get me back. They're tough!
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post #4 of 32 Old 04-20-2014, 01:44 AM
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I agree , no problem , just ride and enjoy it , stop worrying

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post #5 of 32 Old 04-20-2014, 02:41 AM
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Who cares if the bike blows up? It's always a risk - no matter what the mileage. But, as you say, this will be your last opportunity for many years. You can always get another vehicle more easily than you can get another chance like this, right? Go for it.

If we do not change the direction we are going...we are likely to end up where we are headed...
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post #6 of 32 Old 04-20-2014, 08:19 AM
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I would take the bike.
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post #7 of 32 Old 04-20-2014, 09:15 AM
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I would tend to fly, but I'm 60yo. If your not familiar with long distance riding and don't know what to expect it will work against you. Can you do 10 hr days in the saddle??? I feel your dilemma. You may regret not doing it later while your busting it in school. Been there. I took a long arduous trip to "The Dragon" last summer with my son. It was long, hot and rainy. Funny, I only remember the good things and laugh at the not so good things. Good memories can float you while your not having fun in school.

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post #8 of 32 Old 04-20-2014, 09:22 AM
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Just do it. I took a 4 week, 8000 mile cross country ride with some friends when I was 18 and single. I'm glad I did it then because once the "responsible" life officially starts long trips are nearly impossible to squeeze in until retirement, if that ever happens. That trip was an experience I will never forget.
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post #9 of 32 Old 04-20-2014, 10:10 AM
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just ride it, it will be ok. I just went from Jacksonville Beach FL to San Diego CA in under 41 hours on my DL1000, with +300,000 miles on the odometer. Your 650 will be fine. When my bike breaks or gets unreliable then I'll get a new one.

On a side note, you only live once. Do what you want to when you're young, whatever age that may be for any particular person. Ride, live, love and enjoy life to the fullest. This you wont ever regret.

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post #10 of 32 Old 04-20-2014, 10:32 AM
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I agree with Ricksca; your bike will be fine, but so what if it doesn't make it. You'll probably be riding lots of backroads anyway, so there wont be that much stress on the bike.

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