Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South West United States
Yeah, they seem to last
I did quite a bit of research before buying a 2011 DL650, with a special eye towards longevity, and yeah, these engines seem to last a good long time, especially if normal maintenance is done. As with any mass-produced anything, it's somewhat up to chance, you might get one with various parts at the "wrong" end of the tolerance spectrum, but on the whole, these bikes seem to last quite well.
I figure I'll run out of steam before the bike does...
(I had a 1955 Ford F350 pickup with a 223 straight six, with who knows how many actual miles on it; it did not use a drop of oil, ever, right up until the time my friend drove it into a horse on the road at night... didn't use oil then, either, but had to park it after that. Best rig I've ever owned... really miss that one.)
'06 KLR650 - Well armored and filthy!
'11 DL650 - Dearly departed 8-12-17, RIP